Iowa's only nuclear power plant likely to close in 2025

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PALO, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- The only nuclear power plant in Iowa is likely closing, but not for eight more years.

The owners of the Duane Arnold Energy Center in Palo, NextEra Energy, say it is losing a contract with Alliant Energy in the year 2025. That's its biggest customer.

In a statement, NextEra said, “In late 2017, NextEra Energy Resources concluded that it is unlikely that the facility's primary customer will extend the current contract after it expires in 2025. Without a contract extension, the facility would likely close at the end of 2025 despite being licensed to operate until 2034. NextEra Energy Resources continues to pursue a contract extension that would enable Duane Arnold Energy Center to continue operations."

Alliant spokesperson Justin Foss told TV9, "The energy market continues to change and it's changed drastically in eight years, so it's hard to know where it'll be in another eight." He went onto say the company will pursue the best option for its customers.

This is a link to NextEra press release about its quarterly report where it mentions the Duane Arnold Energy Center.