Duke Energy drops plans to build $24.7 billion nuclear plant in Levy County

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Duke Energy said it dropped plans to build a $24.7 billion nuclear reactor complex in Levy County, Fla., reports The New York Times.

The company,which has already spent $1 billion, cited “regulatory uncertainty” after a change in Florida’s rules that cast doubt on whether a utility can collect money from customers for construction work before a project is finished, the newspaper said.

Duke said it would continue pursuing a license to build and operate the plant, but drop the contracts for completing the engineering work, acquiring components and building the reactors.

“Duke Energy Florida continues to regard the Levy site as a viable option for future nuclear energy generation, and understands the importance of fuel diversity in creating a sustainable energy future,” the company said in a statement.

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