The Nuclear Regulatory Commission threw out claims from several groups against FirstEnergy's license-renewal bid for its Davis-Besse nuclear plant in Ohio. The groups argued that alternative-energy sources such as wind and solar could replace the electricity generated by the plant when its license expires in five years. "The mere potential for, or theoretical capacity of, wind generation facilities is insufficient to show their commercial viability as a source of baseload power in the [region of interest] by 2017," the NRC said.

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