The Fermi 2 Nuclear Power Plant in Monroe County returned to service Sunday when operators synchronized the plant to the Detroit Edison electrical system. The restart followed a successful refueling and maintenance outage that began Oct. 24. 

The plant was initially operating at about 25 percent power Sunday afternoon, and will gradually increase to full power over the next several days.

“The Fermi 2 team completed an enormous amount of work during the outage, while always keeping safety as the top priority,” said Jack Davis, senior vice president and Chief Nuclear Officer.  “This maintenance work will help us to continue sending clean, safe energy to our customers in southeast Michigan.”

Besides replacing about a third of the fuel in the reactor, Fermi 2 workers performed more than 3,400 separate inspections and equipment maintenance activities, including replacement of one of the two main unit transformers, and inspection and maintenance on the plant’s high-pressure turbine and main generator.

More than 1,300 supplemental workers were at Fermi 2 to support the large amount of work.  Many of those workers were from southeast Michigan.

Fermi 2, a 1,140-megawatt nuclear power plant, is owned and operated by Detroit Edison, a subsidiary of DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE), a Detroit-based diversified energy company. Detroit Edison serves 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan. More at

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