GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, DTE to advance ESBWR development GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GE, HTHIY) and DTE Energy (DTE) announced plans to explore advancing the detailed design of the Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor. In May, DTE Energy received the first-ever ESBWR-based combined construction and operating license from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. DTE has not made a commitment to build, but is keeping the option open, given the long-term environmental and economic advantages of nuclear power. Dominion Virginia Power has also selected the ESBWR as their technology of choice for a potential third reactor at the North Anna site. That project is expected to be licensed by the NRC next year.