Despite series of setbacks, Ameren nuclear interest persists

Union Electric, the utility now known as Ameren Missouri, spent $2.85 billion on a planned two-reactor nuclear facility in Callaway County that went online with one reactor in 1984. Despite the project exceeding budget and leading to the largest electric rate increase in state history, Ameren never quite gave up on a second reactor.

The changing economics of the energy industry have forced the utility to reevaluate its future needs, and Ameren Missouri isn’t even sure it will have to replace capacity from its Meramec coal plant in the St. Louis area, which it announced it will retire by 2022.

But the company still holds out the hope that a second reactor might one day fill some more of the 8,000 acres of land it owns in Callaway County.

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