DTE Energy applies for Fermi 2 license renewal

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DTE Energy filed an application with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to renew the license for its Fermi 2 nuclear power plant.

U.S. nuclear power plants were originally licensed for 40 years of operation. For Fermi 2, the original license ends in 2025. A successful license renewal process will enable power generation for an additional 20 years — until 2045.


Fermi 2 earned its original operating license in 1985. During the past quarter century, the power plant has generated 190 million megawatt-hours and represents about 15 percent of DTE Energy's total generation.

The application includes safety and environmental evaluations of the plant, which involved more than two years of engineering reviews to ensure Fermi 2 can safely operate through 2045.

The NRC will conduct an in-depth review of the safety, environmental and technical evaluations of the plant. The NRC process to decide on the license renewal takes about two years. It is a thorough and transparent examination of Fermi 2's ability to serve its customers in a safe manner within federal guidelines until 2045.

More than 70 U.S. nuclear power plants earned license renewal through the same NRC process.

The plant employs 850 full time employees — and nearly 80 percent of those employees live in Monroe and Wayne counties. During refueling outages at the plant every 18 months, Fermi 2 hires more than 1,000 contractors.

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