Vermont Yankee nuclear plant begins reducing power to final shutdown


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VERNON, Vermont — The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant has begun a gradual reduction of the electricity that it generates that will end with the plant shutting down in December.

The so-called coast-down period typically occurs at the end of the plant's operating cycle as the nuclear fuel in the reactor is depleted.

The state's only nuclear power plant has been generating electricity continually since the spring of 2013, a stretch of 500 days.

Entergy Nuclear, Vermont Yankee's owner, made the decision last year to close the plant at the end of the current fueling cycle, December of this year.

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