Just a little mind exercise, to put things in perspective!?
The 62MW Humboldt Bay Nuclear Power Plant was built for $33 million, and operated from 1962 to 1976. An optimistic estimate of 5.5 billion KWH was generated during its 14 year operational life. The current cost to decommission is close to $600 million. That comes out to about 11 cents/KWH for that nuclear electricity…just for decommissioning! Whew! There are about 100 more nuclear plants in the US that will have to be decommissioned, and paid for by future generations. And the high-level waste???$$$$$$??????
On the Fossil side, the demolition cost is somewhere around $75M. That work will be done by the end of August...pretty impressive to see this thing come down.
These are the two old 60MW natural gas boilers, turbines, and generators
Here the units were shrink-wrapped in plastic to create a negative atmosphere inside
for the asbestos removal..this was three months ago
Today. All this will be gone by the end of August
The nuclear unit (#3) is out of sight to the right, and will remain until about 2014
Currently, all this is providing 400 good paying jobs here in Humboldt County! Our "tax" dollars at work!