ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) –Ameren Missouri plans to keep pushing for a second nuclear reactor at Calloway County — despite the recent announcement that Germany is going to pull the plug on nuclear power.
Germany’s plan to phase out its 17 nuclear power plants by the year 2022 — in the wake of the Japanese nuclear crisis — is being described as impractical by Ameren Missouri’s Senior Vice President for Customer Operations, Richard Mark.
“Right now, they (Germany) haven’t demonstrated where they’re going to get the extra energy from,” Mark said, “You can’t just shut off all your power plants and still maintain the same need and amount of electric, because you’ve got to get it from somewhere.”
Mark notes that a bill that failed to pass in the recently-ended session of Missouri legislature that would allow Ameren to charge consumers up front for the permitting process for a new nuclear reactor had good support, but never came up for a final vote.
The announcement by Germany came after the Missouri legislative session ended. Mark says since then, there have been no second thoughts within Ameren corporate culture about expanding Missouri’s nuclear power.
“Their plan (Germany’s) is buying their power from France,” Mark said, “I don’t think that’s a good option for Missouri. We have to plan now for what our energy needs are, or we’re going to be in the same boat. We’ll have to buy it from somebody else.”