What The End Of Pilgrim Nuclear Means For Massachusetts

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Norman Pierce of Plymouth protests against the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in 2012. (Steven Senne/AP)
Norman Pierce of Plymouth protests against the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in 2012. (Steven Senne/AP)

After 43 years of operation, Pilgrim Nuclear Plant announced Tuesday it will shut down by June 2019. So, what does that mean for Massachusetts and the future of nuclear energy?


Bruce Gellerman, WBUR reporter. He tweets @AudioBruce.

Michael Golay, professor of nuclear science and engineering at MIT.


WBUR: 43-Year-Old Pilgrim Nuclear Plant In Plymouth To Close Permanently

  • "Entergy Corp. said in a statement it will close the plant, which provides 680 megawatts of energy to Massachusetts, 'because of poor market conditions, reduced revenues and increased operational costs.' ”

The Boston Globe: Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant To Close In Plymouth

  • "The decision will have a significant impact on the town of Plymouth as well as the region. The plant employs about 600 people and provides the South Shore town with $10 million a year and other financial benefits."

WCVB: 'Potential Energy Shortage,' Baker Warns Of Pilgrim Plant Closing

  • "'Losing Pilgrim as a significant power generator not only poses a potential energy shortage, but also highlights the need for clean, reliable, affordable energy proposals which my administration has put forward through legislation to deliver affordable hydroelectricity and Class-I renewable resources,' Baker said."

The Boston Globe: Tough Times, No Easy Answers For Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant

  • "The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station was already facing rising costs, declining revenues, and an energy market increasingly inhospitable to nuclear power. And then the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission delivered some really bad news."

This segment aired on October 13, 2015.


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