Nuclear power is responsible for around 20 percent of U.S. electricity generation and more than 50 percent of its zero-emission generation. However, these large sources of zero-emission power are being prematurely retired with respect to their operating licenses because of low wholesale electricity prices resulting from low natural gas prices, excess power generation capacity, declining renewable energy costs, and low growth in electricity demand. Unfortunately, nuclear generation is largely being replaced by fossil fuel-fired electricity, sending U.S. emissions in the wrong direction. With a finite amount of carbon dioxide that we can emit before we reach 450 ppm and increase the likelihood of serious climate impacts, we cannot afford such backsliding.
Center for Climate & Energy Solutions (accessed) 10th May 2018 read more »
Renewable energy won’t be able to make up for the loss of carbon-free electricity resulting from a wave of nuclear-power plant closures in the coming decades, according to a new report released today by environmental group Center for Climate and Energy Solutions.
Axios 9th May 2018 read more »
The US Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) has called on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to move quickly to define, foster and retain resiliency on the country’s electricity grid before further nuclear generating capacity is lost through premature plant retirements. Meanwhile, the independent, non-partisan Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) has issued a new report outlining how US policymakers can preserve the emission benefits of nuclear energy.
World Nuclear News 10th May 2018 read more »