Kewaunee Nuclear Plant Gets UnpluggedSubmitted: 05/08/2013
Story By Associated Press

GREEN BAY - After decades of producing power, a Wisconsin nuclear power plant gets unplugged.

Dominion Resources Incorporated shut down its 556 megawatt Kewaunee Power Station east of Green Bay yesterday.

Dominion was unable to find a buyer for the plant, which employs about 650 people.

The company announced plans last fall to close the plant and decommission it.

The reactor is closing because utilities that had purchased its electricity decided to stop buying it, citing the low price of natural gas.

David Heacock, president of Dominion Nuclear, says the decision to close the plant ``was based purely on economics.''

Kewaunee went into service on June 16, 1974.

Over its life, the plant generated about 148 million megawatt-hours of electricity.

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