DTE Energy has submitted an application with US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to renew its license for operating the Fermi 2 nuclear reactor for additional 20 years, until 2045.

The original license for Unit 2 at Fermi expires in March 2025.

The nuclear power plants in US were originally licensed for 40 years of operation.

Fermi 2 senior vice president and chief nuclear officer Joe Plona said, "For more than 26 years, we’ve made electricity in Monroe County, and we want to be a part of the community for decades to come."

"This application is a renewal of our commitment to continue to serve our customers with our energy and be a force for growth in the community," Polna said.

Fermi 2, located in Newport, Michigan, has obtained its original operating license in 1985.

DTE Energy said the NRC will review all safety, environmental and technical evaluations of the plant and the process to decide on the license renewal takes about two year.

The Fermi plant has 850 full time employees, and nearly 80% of those employees live in Monroe and Wayne counties.