FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Residents fear a future without Davis Besse

Davis Besse power plant near Oak Harbor (credit: Roger Lumpkin / ideastream)

CLEVELAND — “Ohio has two nuclear power plants – one is about 30 miles east of Cleveland. The other, Davis Besse, is 180 miles to the west. Both of their futures are up in the air right now: sale, closure, bankruptcy are all a possibility. And no matter what happens to Davis Besse, big changes are likely coming.

There’ve been scares at the plant in Ottawa County before – cracks found in 2011 in the concrete building that protects the nuclear reactor raised doubts about its safety. The issue lingered for years. But the plant’s license, which would have expired in April, was renewed in 2015. Now it’s the market that’s putting pressure on Davis Besse – natural gas-powered plants are pushing out older nuclear and coal plants in Ohio and nationwide. The First Energy subsidiary that runs Davis Besse has about $3 billion in debt, and about $1.5 billion in assets.”

— Matthew Richmond, ideastream

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