Fermi 2 Power Plant
Operator: DTE Energy
Location: 30 miles south Detroit, Mich.
Fermi Nuclear Station
6400 N. Dixie Hwy
Newport, MI 48166
Operating License Unit 1: Issued - July 15, 1985, Expires - March 20, 2025
Reactor Type: Boiling Water Reactor (BWR)
Electrical Output Unit 1: 1122 Megawatts Electrical (MWe)
At 1.1 million kilowatts, Fermi 2 represents 30 percent of Michigan's total nuclear generating capacity. This single-unit plant is capable of producing enough electricity to serve a city of about one million people. Fuel costs are about half those of the most efficient coal-fired plants.
Fermi 2 began commercial operation in 1988. Since that time, the plant has produced more than 143 billion kilowatt hours of electricity for DTE Energy customers. The plant employs about 850 workers and produces about 15 percent of the power generated by DTE’s power plants.
In spring 2014, Fermi 2 will submit its application for license renewal to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The renewal will enable Fermi 2 to produce electricity for its customers in southeast Michigan until 2045.
In 2001, Fermi 2 was the first nuclear power plant in the state to achieve Clean Corporate Citizen (C3) status. The Department of Environmental Quality's voluntary C3 program recognizes top performers in environmental management and stewardship. Fermi 2 has maintained the designation every year since 2001. The plant has also maintained Wildlife Habitat Council certification since 2000 and has set aside 600 acres for inclusion in the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. That property is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Fermi 2 is owned by Detroit-based DTE Energy. It is located along the western shores of Lake Erie in Monroe County, Mich.