Fermi 2 Back Online After Transformer Replacement

DTE Energy's Fermi 2 nuclear plant on Lake Erie has restarted after an unplanned outage to replace a transformer.

The reactor between Detroit and Toledo, Ohio, was ramping up power following a refueling outage when operators noticed problems with one of two main transformers and shut the plant down April 16. A plant spokesman told the Monroe News that DTE crews replaced the transformer with a spare on site. The reactor restarted shortly after midnight Wednesday.

The plant operates a single unit near Monroe, Mich. (Fermi 1 was a smaller fast breeder reactor decommissioned in 1972). Fermi 2 operates a General Electric type 4 boiling water reactor first licensed in 1985. It generates about 1,100 megawatts.

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