2020-09-30 Iowa’s Damaged Nuclear Plant Shut Down, To Be Replaced By Wind

The derecho windstorm caused damage to Iowa’s Duane Arnold nuclear power plant, shutting it down prematurely.

Quote from local newspaper article.


Cheaper sources of energy

Officials for both Alliant and NextEra said the existence of cheaper forms of energy prompted the decision to close Duane Arnold.

Alliant spokesman Justin Foss said the market value of those other sources — primarily renewables such as Iowa’s growing wind portfolio — have dropped below the cost of nuclear generation.

“In our review of the cost for the energy that comes from that facility versus what you can buy it for and generate it for out in the market right now, it will save customers money by not getting it from that facility,” Foss told The Gazette.


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