Consumers Energy’s Palisades Nuclear Plant returns to service

JACKSON, Mich., Jan. 22, 2002 — Consumers Energy’s Palisades nuclear plant has been returned to service, ending a shutdown that began in June 2001.

Palisades was reconnected to Consumers Energy’s electric transmission system on Monday, January 21 and is currently at 35 percent power. The unit is expected to reach full power later this week. Palisades is rated at 789 megawatts.

Consumers Energy is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy Corporation. The Palisades plant is operated by the Nuclear Management Company of Hudson, Wisconsin.

Extensive maintenance, inspection, and testing work was performed during the outage, including a major maintenance program that involved replacement of 45 control rod drive upper housings.

“Palisades’ return to service is a credit to the work of Nuclear Management Company staff and other outage personnel. The replacement of the control rod drive upper housings was a unique project in the plant’s 30-year history,” said Robert A. Fenech, senior vice president of nuclear, fossil and hydro operations for Consumers Energy. “Palisades is one of our lowest-cost power plants. Its return to service is good news for customers, employees and CMS investors.”

Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, is Michigan’s largest utility providing natural gas and electricity to more than six million of the state’s nearly 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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