Four Illinois nuclear power plants have made a national list of reactors that are likely to be retired early. Clinton, Dresden, LaSalle, and Quad Cities are among 38 nuclear plants nationally with risk factors for early retirement — with Clinton singled out as among the 12 at greatest risk. Mark Cooper, an economic analyst at Vermont Law School says nuclear power is facing a tough market.
“The cost of wind is coming down and will continue to come down; the cost of solar is coming down and; demand doesn’t look its going to take off” says Cooper.
The Nuclear Energy Institute, representing plant owners, said that the utilities’ decisions on the viability of individual nuclear power plants are based on business circumstances unique to those facilities.