Building new plants in the developed world has been politically difficult since the late 1970s; now the economics are stacked against it, too. Low natural gas prices, growth in clean energy and rough economic conditions in general make nuclear an expensive option.
Point Beach Nuclear Plant, Unit 1, started generating commercial power on Dec. 21, 1970, and is licensed to operate until October 2030. Major renovations include new steam generators in 1984 and a new reactor vessel head in 2005.
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