May 17 (Reuters) - Two utility industry trade groups have
asked for more time for their members to consider applying for
funds under a new federal program to stop nuclear generators
from shutting down.
Edison Electric Institute and Nuclear Energy Institute made
the request to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm in a letter
sent on Monday.
Under the program, which was launched last month, owners of
nuclear reactors that are scheduled to retire have until May 19
to apply for a portion of the $6 billion in funding.
In the letter, the groups said that timeline "provided a
relatively short window for companies to assess whether nuclear
reactors they own and operate could qualify, given the complex
certification and other requirements."
The Department of Energy did not immediately respond to a
request for comment.
A spokesperson for Pacific Gas & Electric, which
owns the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in California, said the
utility had not yet decided whether to apply for the funds to
keep the facility running.
Entergy, which owns the Palisades plant in Michigan
that is due to shut down on May 31, was not immediately
available for comment.
(Reporting by Nichola Groom and Timothy Gardner; Editing by