LANSING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – On Friday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Energy in support of Holtec International’s application for a federal grant to save the Palisades Nuclear Facility in Southwest Michigan.
“Keeping Palisades open will keep energy costs low, shore up domestic energy production, and increase Michigan’s competitiveness for future economic development,” Gov. Whitmer wrote in a press release.
Gov. Whitmer’s full letter can be read here.
The Palisades plant was shut down on May 20, when its current fuel supply ran out and the power purchase agreement with Consumers Energy expired. The plant was sold to Holtec Decommissioning International the following month with plans to decommission the facility.
Whitmer stated the move, in part, stemmed from offering Michigan “reliable energy production.” Friday’s announcement comes as Whitmer and Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s lawsuits which argues for the shutting down of Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac sit on a court docket.
It appears Whitmer is taking a cue from Europe, whose back-tracking on green energy is showing the rest of the world that a combination of renewable energy and fossil fuels are important.
Liz Truss, Great Britain’s new prime minister, ended a ban on fracking during her first day on the job this week.
Energy-strapped Germany is struggling to persuade neighboring countries to sign off on a gas-sharing agreement as Europe heads toward the winter months scrambling to fill its store of energy supplies.
Denmark and Austria are the only EU countries to jump on board, with Belgium, Poland, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands refusing to sign agreements to share their natural gas supplies ahead of winter to prevent supply interruptions, according a report from Bloomberg.
France is building 14 nuclear reactors.
People in Switzerland who violate the country’s new heating rules which forbid setting the temperature above 66.2F in the colder months will face up to three years in prison.
Under the new rules, buildings that use gas heating systems are restricted to 19°C, while hot water can only be heated up to 60°C and radiant heaters are banned entirely.
It will also be forbidden for the Swiss to heat swimming polls and saunas.