Palisades

Basic Facts:

  • Location: Covert Township, Michigan
  • Owner / Operator: Holtec International
  • Construction Cost: $800M (2018$)
  • Plant Output: 800 MW
  • Property Size: 430 acres
  • Employees: 650
  • Status: Shut Down Scheduled 2022
  • Current DTF Balance: $520M (2018$)
  • DTF Balance Prior to Decommissioning: $540M (2018$)
  • Decommissioning Cost Estimate: $560M (2018$)
  • Spent Nuclear Fuel on Site: 695 metric tons
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Background

Palisades is an 800MW pressurized water reactor that was built between 1967 and 1970 and received its operating license in 1971. In 2007, the plant received an operating license renewal extending the operating life of the plant to 2031. In 2016, the plant owners announced plans to close the plant in 2018. This decision was later amended and the plant is now scheduled to be shut down in 2022.

Decommissioning

In August of 2018, Entergy announced plans to sell the subsidiary that owns the Palisades Power Plant, after its shutdown and reactor defueling, to a Holtec International subsidiary for decommissioning. The operating license was transferred from Entergy to Holtec International on June 28, 2022.

Socioeconomics

The Palisades Nuclear Plant is located in Van Buren County, Michigan. As of 2016:

  • Population: 75,000
  • Per Capita Annual Income: $39,000
  • Unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted): 5.8%

Palisades nuclear is one of the largest taxpayers in Van Buren County, paying $9.9 million in property taxes in 2016, which comprised 7% of the county’s tax base. The plant provides $67 million in annual wages for its 650 full-time employees.

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].

Additional Information

Federal money could supercharge state efforts to preserve nuclear power

February 20, 2024

Federal money could supercharge state efforts to preserve nuclear power * Missouri IndependentIn the coming years, a nuclear power plant on the shores of Lake Michigan could become the first in the country to restart operations after shutting down. The Palisades plant in southwest Michigan could be revived by a $1.5 billion loan from the […]

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Federal money could supercharge state efforts to preserve nuclear power

February 12, 2024

Federal money could supercharge state efforts to preserve nuclear power – Stateline A $1.5 billion federal loan could enable a privately owned Michigan nuclear plant to be the first to restart operations after shutting down.

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Gretchen Whitmer seeks another $150M to restart Palisades nuclear plant

February 9, 2024

Gretchen Whitmer seeks another $150M to restart Palisades nuclear plant | Bridge Michigan The plant could be a key for Michigan to realize its transition away from fossil fuels, but environmental groups are upset by the governor’s proposal to double the state’s financial support for Palisades.

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NRC, Holtec meet to discuss Palisades plans

February 8, 2024

NRC, Holtec meet to discuss Palisades plans | News/Talk/Sports 94.9 WSJM

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Holtec may be in line to receive $1.5 billion to restart Palisades plant

February 6, 2024

Holtec may be in line to receive $1.5 billion to restart Palisades plant COVERT – A report from Bloomberg News that Holtec International, may be in line for a $1.5 billion loan to restart the former Palisades nuclear power plant, may be premature,

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Biden to offer $1.5-billion loan to restart Michigan nuclear power plant

January 31, 2024

Biden to offer $1.5-billion loan to restart Michigan nuclear power plant The Biden administration is poised to loan US$1.5 billion to restart a closed Michigan nuclear power plant. Find out more.

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The Palisades Nuclear Plant takes small steps toward decommissioning

January 9, 2024

The Palisades Nuclear Plant takes small steps toward decommissioning Holtec International is still pushing to recommission the site.

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Community shows support of Palisades nuclear plant’s plan to double capacity by 2030

December 6, 2023

Community shows support of Palisades nuclear plant’s plan to double capacity by 2030 Van Buren County’s Palisades Nuclear Power Plant that shut down IN 2022 after over 50 years up in running is pending a decision from the U.S. Department of Ener

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Palisades owners plan two more Michigan nuclear reactors

December 6, 2023

Palisades owners plan two more Michigan nuclear reactors | Bridge Michigan Holtec International hopes to bring the small modular reactors online by 2030, but will first need to secure permits and overcome financial challenges that have stymied efforts to commercialize the nascent technology.

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Holtec signs PPA aimed at restarting Palisades nuclear plant

September 12, 2023

Holtec signs PPA aimed at restarting Palisades nuclear plant The fate of the shuttered plant still hinges on financial support from the federal government.

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