Cook 1 & 2

Basic Facts:

  • Location: Lake Township, Michigan
  • Owner: American Electric Power
  • Operator: Indiana Michigan Power
  • Construction Cost: $4.1B (2018$)
  • Plant Output: 2,300 MW (combined)
  • Property Size: 650 acres
  • Status: Operational
  • Employees: 1,000
  • Expected Shut Down Date: Unit 1 (2034), Unit 2 (2037)
  • Current DTF Balance: $920M (2018$)
  • DTF Balance Prior to Decommissioning: $1.6B (2018$)
  • Decommissioning Cost Estimate: $980M (2018$)
  • Spent Nuclear Fuel on Site: 1,687 metric tons
Cook 1 2 Photo


The Donald C. Cook nuclear power station consists of two pressurized water reactors. Construction began in 1969 with licensed operations commencing in 1975 and 1978 respectively.

In 2005, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission granted a twenty-year license renewal for both units, extending their licensed operational life to 2034 and 2037 respectively.


The Donald C. Cook nuclear power plant is located within Berrien County, Michigan. As of 2016, socioeconomic information is as follows:

  • Population: 154,000
  • Per Capita Annual Income: $44,000
  • Unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted): 3.8%

The Cook Nuclear Plant has an annual payroll in excess of $100M. The plant contributes approximately $35M annually taxes.

Contact Information

Economic Development Administration Representative:

Economic Development District

University Center

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Contact

Unless specific costing information has been provided, decommissioning costs were derived from 2017 Decommissioning Funding Status Report.
Information herein obtained from public sources. Corrections are welcome and may be directed to [email protected].

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