Omaha Public Power District President and CEO Tim Burke and other senior management are recommending closing the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant in Washington County. They would like to stop the generation of electricity at the plant by the end of the year and then begin the decommission process.
Burke told the board today, “The economic analysis clearly shows that continued operation of the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station is not financially sustainable. The analysis considered market conditions, economies of scale and the proposed Clean Power Plan.” Burke adds this is a difficult decision to make and is not reflective of employee or Exelon performance.
The Fort Calhoun Station overcame a massive flood in 2011 and then strict oversight from the N-R-C after a small fire at the facility a short time later. Board Member Ann McGuire says, “This has nothing to do with the performance of Fort Calhoun. Fort Calhoun’s performance is the best it has been since before the flood.”
O-P-P-D officials say they will continue to look for resource options that may include constructing or purchasing additional natural gas, wind or solar facilities. The board will likely vote on the recommendation June 16th.