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Nuclear Power: A “Public Necessity”
The New York Public Service Commission, which approved the CES, described it as a “public necessity” that would benefit the state’s grid, its customers and the environment. New York’s decision “will encourage other policymakers and regulators to similarly value nuclear energy for its clean-air benefits,” said Carol Browner, former administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a member of Nuclear Matters, a bipartisan nuclear advocacy group. Click here for more information.
New York and Ohio, climate change and nuclear power
Critics argue there is little value in protecting a “dying” part of the power portfolio. They are misguided. Put aside the financial difficulties facing FirstEnergy. Keeping Davis-Besse in operation makes sense here just as it does in New York. Nuclear power is a proven source of clean energy. If anything, its presence should be expanded, improved versions of the technology in the works. Deny financial help as climate change deepens its grip? That is a strange argument for environmentalists to make. Click here for more information.
Nuclear power gets a boost in New York
New York’s new policy “can set the standard” for other states looking for “a comprehensive approach” to lowering carbon emissions, Browner said Monday, following the breakthrough in the Empire State. “New York has been able to figure out a way to both create all of the important opportunities for renewables, like wind and solar, and for energy efficiency, but also keep existing nuclear plants on-line,” Browner said. “That’s very helpful to states as they think about these issues.” Click here for more information.
It's in region's interests to help Millstone compete
For Millstone, the precise implications of cheap natural gas and the strong competition it has created are not known. But even the suggestion of a hypothetical shutdown should be taken seriously: Millstone is an important regional employer, and electric rates would likely shoot up if it were to close. The plant generates about 2,000 megawatts of power, enough for about half of Connecticut’s needs. Accordingly, the Legislature ought to earnestly consider Dominion’s proposals aimed at helping the plant weather a period of relative hardship. Doing so is critical for Eastern Connecticut’s economy and for the pursuit of reduced carbon emissions. Click here for more information.
As Millstone goes, so goes the cost of electricity in state
Nuclear plants around the country have closed or have been earmarked for closing in recent years as they become prohibitively costly to run. Vermont Yankee, closed in 2014, and Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Massachusetts, set to close in 2019, are the most recent examples in New England. Those closings will leave Millstone and New Hampshire’s Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant as the region’s only nuclear power facilities. If Millstone were to close, Connecticut residents would see electric rates jump, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Deputy Commissioner Katie Dykes says. “It’s a sure bet there would be a significant increase in rates,” she says. Click here for more information.
Nuke plants at risk, and that hurts climate
These productive nuclear plants are not closing because they’re old or unsafe, but rather for economic reasons. If we don’t act, and nuclear plants continue to close, the consequences will be significant for the economy, for customers and for the environment. Click here for more information.
Environmental Groups Change Tune on Nuclear Power
Some of the nation’s most influential environmental groups are softening their longstanding opposition to nuclear power, marking a significant shift in the antinuclear movement as environmentalists’ priority shifts to climate change. The change is lowering one of the biggest political hurdles facing the nuclear power industry in the U.S. and comes at a critical time, as several financially struggling reactors are set to shut down. Click here for more information.
More nuclear power, not less, leads to cleaner air
Pennsylvania should take a leadership role in ensuring the nation's existing nuclear power plants keep operating to help achieve our environmental goals. Click here for more information.
Nuclear Energy Is Valuable
If there is one thing that seems certain about meeting the nation's clean air goals, it is that shutting down nuclear power plants is nonsensical. Nuclear power doesn't pollute the air, and it is our largest source of carbon-free energy. The climate benefits of nuclear power are unmistakable. Yet since 2013, 10 nuclear plants have either been shut down or are in the process of being retired prematurely – and the Department of Energy says that as many as 20 other nuclear plants are at high risk of being closed. Click here for more information.
Pa., nation still need nuclear power
Nuclear power has been a major achievement of American technology. It has been used, with extraordinary results, to boost productivity and improve the quality of life. Click here for more information.
(Nuclear) Power to the People
The case for nuclear power rests on its unmatched capacity to provide energy that is dependable, affordable and, above all, clean. Click here for more information.
Indian Point key to energy success: Christine Todd Whitman view
Whether you are concerned about the long-term health of our planet, the quality of the air we breathe every day, or both, nuclear energy is a major piece in a comprehensive solution. Click here for more information.
Exelon workers worry about region's future
"We've lived here all our lives; we know what this plant means to our communities," Duncan, 30, said. "When we were young there were four or five good places to work, Case IH, Deere, Exelon. But this place has stood the test of time. This has really been the economic engine of this area." Click here for more information.
Editorial: Insist leaders strike a deal to save Q-C, Clinton plants
Nuclear plants have closed elsewhere in the U.S., leaving devastated communities in their wake. We must not become another one. Click here for more information.
Exelon retirees join fight to save nuclear plants
According to Stoermer, the goal is to keep the reactor online as much as possible and the outages as short as possible. The Cordova plant runs at about 95 percent capacity, meaning it is producing electricity 95 percent of the time. Click here for more information.
Plants meet energy needs, curb greenhouse gases
A growing number of prominent environmentalists and scientists, including those who vehemently opposed nuclear power in the past, are supporting New York’s nuclear plants. The reason is simple: climate change is a top issue, and New York state cannot meet its energy needs and greenhouse gas reduction targets without these plants Click here for more information.
Save jobs, protect nuclear
The Illinois General Assembly faces a critical decision – namely, whether it decides to take up and pass a piece of legislation, the Next Generation Energy Plan, which would create strong tailwinds for the state’s economy while also saving good jobs and creating new ones. If it is not passed, the state faces the loss of significant economic contributions and thousands of well-paying jobs. The choice is clear: the Illinois legislature should pass the Next Generation Energy Plan to give residents the opportunity to benefit from economic drivers and more jobs flowing into the state. Click here for more information.
Summit urges action to preserve US nuclear reactors
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz told the summit nuclear must remain a viable part of US electricity generation, especially if the emissions reduction goals of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan are to be met, yet the nation was facing the prospect of "even more" early retirements of nuclear power plants. "We are supposed to be adding zero carbon sources, not subtracting or simply replacing them," he said. Click here for more information.
Policymakers Should Take Steps to Keep America’s Nuclear Plants Running
Hopefully, last week’s DOE summit helps add to the growing chorus of voices that are recognizing that if we are serious about climate change, nuclear energy plants must be a part of our long-term energy mix. This summit should serve as a call to action for policymakers across the country to take steps to keep these valuable, reliable, carbon-free sources of energy on the table. Click here for more information.
Moniz: Closing Nuclear Plants Poses ‘Huge Problem'
“The importance to incentivizing continued operation [of nuclear plants], I think, is very clear, but the solutions are less clear,” Moniz said at a May 19 Energy Department summit in Washington titled “Improving the Economics of America's Nuclear Power Plants.” The conference featured presentations by members of the nuclear industry, lawmakers and officials from the DOE and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Click here for more information.
Nuclear must be in mix if we’re serious about emissions targets
Nationally, according to a report produced by the Brattle Group in 2015, America’s existing nuclear energy plants prevent more than half a billion tons of carbon emissions a year. Nuclear also accounts for 63 percent of America’s total carbon-free energy supply. Click here for more information.
Illinois can be clean-energy leader
During my time with the EPA, I confronted similar environmental challenges by creating new solutions and tools to address them and giving stakeholders the flexibility needed to develop and implement those solutions. Taking action to value existing nuclear for its environmental benefits, which until now has been unprecedented, can impact the energy policy discussion and outlook for decades to come. This is a worthwhile cause that Illinois stakeholders should consider, not only for the sake of cleaner air, but for the potential to achieve meaningful change in the way we value our carbon-free energy resources. Click here for more information.
Nuclear Power Critical to U.S. Climate Goals
Jobs, national security and climate change were all part of an urgent appeal at an emotional summit yesterday on Capitol Hill to keep America's nuclear fleet running. "We are supposed to be adding zero carbon sources, not subtracting or simply replacing by building to just kind of tread water," said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. Click here for more information.
Nuclear needs to remain part of Mich. energy mix
Michigan is home to three nuclear plants and four nuclear reactors. These facilities are economic drivers for the regions and communities they serve. According to a recent study by The Brattle Group, Michigan’s nuclear fleet accounts for 3,200 in-state, full-time jobs, contributes $596 million to state gross domestic product and provides $89 million in federal and $23 million in state taxes each year. These numbers are significant and illustrate the vital economic support existing nuclear facilities bring to Michigan families and businesses. Click here for more information.
Nuclear energy action needed now
Without passage of this plan, Illinois stands to lose these valuable sources of reliable, carbon-free energy, as well as the significant economic and job contributions these plants provide for the state – including thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of economic stimulus. Click here for more information.
Nuclear Energy Plants are Safe, Reliable, and Should Remain in Operation
Given the broad benefits of nuclear energy plants - and the fact that they are safe sources of reliable, carbon-free electricity - it is imperative that policymakers craft solutions that address the fact that these plants are being undervalued. Click here for more information.
Nuclear Power Phobia Does Harm to Planet
New York's nuclear fleet provides nearly a third of our electricity and nearly 60 percent of our carbon-free power. These plants prevent the release of more than 21.4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, equivalent to keeping ... Click here for more information.
Group Supports Indian Point, Says Nuclear Power is Net Positive for the Environment
We need Indian Point to continue operating to fight against climate change, to keep today’s air as clean as possible, and as a bridge to a clean energy future. Click here for more information.
Nuclear Provides Astounding Level of Economic Value
Nuclear energy plants in Georgia and throughout the U.S. provide an astounding level of economic value to the country and truly are vehicles for long-term economic growth. Ensuring that we continue to reap the benefits of these plants will make us able to preserve all our options for new baseload generation going forward. As the Georgia PSC considers the state’s energy future, I hope that all stakeholders keep the benefits of nuclear in mind. Click here for more information.
Public opinion on nuclear energy: what influences it
This high level of favorability to nuclear energy is a result of the awareness gained from living in the vicinity of a nuclear power plant. It is due to familiarity with the local plant, the people who work there, and with the myriad ways the plant and the people engage with the communities. Nearly 90 percent of plant neighbors have a favorable impression of the nearby plant and how it has operated recently, which helps to account for why 83 percent favor nuclear energy in general. In line with these survey findings, all five of the nuclear power plants now under construction are in communities with existing plants and with solid local support. Click here for more information.
Keep Millstone running, pass competition bill
The best way to protect the electricity supply of Connecticut’s homes and businesses is to pursue an all-of-the-above energy policy that allows fair competition among all sources. I commend the Connecticut legislature for starting this process and I urge the House to support this bill as well. Ultimately, I hope that everyone involved keeps in mind the major benefits that Millstone provides for the state. Click here for more information.
Keeping Connecticut’s Commitments
As we work to achieve the dual goals of a cleaner environment and greater economic opportunity in the state of Connecticut, nuclear energy must be kept on the forefront. Existing nuclear can and should be a part of Connecticut and the rest of the country’s longer-term energy mix, for its clean air and economic benefits. Click here for more information.
Don't overlook benefits of nuclear power
Unlike wind and solar power, which impose challenging requirements on the electrical grid because of their variability and unpredictability, nuclear power is available 24/7 in addition to being non-carbon. Click here for more information.
Officials tout economic value of saving Clinton power plant
“There are nearly 700 jobs at the Clinton Power Station and the median salary is about $90,000, and so those are good jobs and jobs that can’t be replaced,” said state Rep. Bill Mitchell, R-Forsyth, at a news conference at the DeWitt County government building in Clinton. Click here for more information.
Nuclear energy gets short shrift
In Pennsylvania, the nine nuclear power units safely generate 35.5 percent of our electricity (wind 1.7 percent, solar 0.0002 percent), produce 93.1 percent of our carbon-free electricity, and are the only clean-air plants that can reliably produce large amounts of electricity around the clock, even under adverse weather conditions. Click here for more information.
What happens when you shut down a nuclear power plant?
If ever there was a question about how serious the consequences are from shutting down a nuclear power plant, it was dispelled with results of a study showing that electricity generating costs rose by $350 million during the year following the 2012 closing of the San Onofre nuclear plant in Southern California. Natural gas made up for much of the shortfall and as a result carbon dioxide emissions rose by 9 million metric tons, which is equivalent to putting 2 million additional cars on the road. Click here for more information.
Celebrating nuclear energy
On the heels of Earth Day, obtaining a more green energy future is no longer a minority goal: these days, almost everyone is interested in taking steps to cut carbon emissions. That is good news and we should also celebrate nuclear energy for the contribution it makes by providing our country with a carbon-free energy supply. Click here for more information.
Seguridad en Turkey Point
Al igual que otras plantas nucleares del país, la planta de Turkey Point da empleo a cientos de residentes locales altamente capacitados. Genera electricidad durante las 24 horas para mantener los aires acondicionados encendidos y la economía en crecimiento. Y produce millones de dólares en aportes impositivos para el condado, ayudando a pagar escuelas y otros servicios importantes. Click here for more information.
Lawmakers Hear Concerns From Nuclear Power Industry
If the Millstone Power Station in Waterford shut down, more than a thousand jobs in southeastern Connecticut would be lost and carbon emissions in New England would increase by 27 percent, officials said Thursday. Click here for more information.
A novel nuclear option
Here is a novel idea. Let’s ask the presidential campaigns in both parties to try to find some common ground. A place to start would be with something that will help our nation’s economy and improve our competitiveness. Click here for more information.
Don't overreact to Turkey Point release
There's been a lot of discussion about the safety of Turkey Point nuclear energy facility recently. As a neighbor of Turkey Point, I believe we should all take an interest in the safety of nuclear energy facilities. However, as a former administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency, I know these discussions can be complex and sometimes based on misinformation. Click here for more information.
Nuclear energy deserves support
As Ohio continues to work towards a more prosperous future, we must remember the importance of preserving the sources of economic livelihood the state already has. Ohio's nuclear-energy plants are critical to its economic security. They create jobs, provide carbon-free electricity, and produce reliable energy. Click here for more information.
Why Nuclear Energy Can Help Fight Climate Change
The critics are wrong. America is facing critical decisions as a country about how to combat climate change, and it’s imperative that those decisions are based on solid facts as we shape a clean energy future for the U.S. We are at a turning point, and if we are going to effectively fight climate change, we will need every carbon-free source of electricity we can bring to bear. Click here for more information.
Nuclear plants contribute to greener energy future
Earlier this month, leaders from academia and the energy industry met at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with the Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership center to discuss the importance of existing nuclear energy plants in the commonwealth and the nation. Click here for more information.
Nuclear energy support gaining ground
Nuclear energy is making a comeback. Click here for more information.
U.S. Senate Wants To Decrease CO2 By Increasing Nuclear Energy
The hurdles faced by nuclear power in this country include the complicated and sometimes arbitrary regulations and financial challenges not faced by other forms of clean energy. Under S.2461, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) would report to Congress on any barriers that would prohibit the licensing of new reactors within a four-year time period. Click here for more information.
Advanced Reactor Nuclear Power Resurgence in the U.S.
Now Browner has joined the Nuclear Matters' Leadership Council, which seeks to make sure America's 99 operating nuclear power plants—which currently supply nearly 20 percent of the country's electricity and two thirds of its no-carbon electric power—are not unnecessarily and prematurely shut down. Click here for more information.
Indian Point facility should remain open
If Gov. Cuomo is serious about achieving his ambitious clean energy goals, the path forward is clear: the state must stop opposing license renewal for Indian Point. Such a positive move could ripple across the state with great results. Click here for more information.
Nuclear power is key to climate change effort
Market reform is needed to ensure that the environmental and economic benefits of nuclear power are not taken for granted and that existing plants are compensated for their zero-carbon electricity and grid reliability in the same way that solar and wind power receive support. Click here for more information.
Does Nuclear Power Really Help Fight Climate Change?
Nuclear power has been a reliable source of the world’s electricity supply for over half a century. So my answer to the critical question “Does nuclear power really help us fight climate change?” is a clear YES. We will continue to help Member States in their efforts to use nuclear power in a safe and sustainable way. Click here for more information.
Pushing Nuclear at COP21
"As President Obama and other world leaders convene in Paris for the United Nations Summit on Climate Change to discuss groundbreaking measures that aim to combat the effects of global warming, carbon-free nuclear energy must be recognized for its role in helping us transition to a cleaner energy future," said Nuclear Matters co-chair and former Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN). Click here for more information.
Officials pledge full support for nuclear plant
In a letter approved Monday to Stephen Burns, chairman of the NRC, selectmen wrote that since the plant began commercial operation, Seabrook Station has “become, quite simply, an irreplaceable regional asset,” referring to it as a “good corporate citizen.” Click here for more information.
Why Closing Nuclear Power Plants Is Short-Sighted
Low-carbon electricity matters more now than ever in light of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. Today, nuclear energy provides more than 60% of our nation’s carbon-free electricity. Any credible and sustainable program to reduce carbon emissions must preserve existing nuclear-energy facilities, encourage license renewal to extend their safe operation and encourage the construction of the next generation of reactors. Click here for more information.
Nuclear Power Needs Protection
Closing nuclear power plants prematurely is bad for consumers, energy security and the environment. There is an urgent need to implement public policies to keep nuclear plants in operation and push for construction of additional units that use available advanced technology. Click here for more information.
Plan to Close Nuclear Plant in Upstate New York Rattles Its Neighbors
The impact of a shutdown would ripple to the city of Oswego, about 35 miles north of Syracuse, and well beyond, Mr. Treadwell said. That is because the area’s economy gets a lift at least once a year when the nuclear plants are refueled. For several weeks, workers from around the country arrive to help with the refueling, filling local motels, restaurants and bars, he said. Click here for more information.
Nuclear power must be a part of greener future
A renewed focus on nuclear energy is timely given that this month, the 2015 U.N. Climate Change Conference will convene in Paris to discuss ways to reduce global carbon dioxide emissions. Click here for more information.
LETTER: We can’t keep losing nuclear energy
How many shuttered nuclear plants will it take before America awakens to the danger of losing its largest source of reliable, 24/7, and carbon-free energy? It’s a question swirling around the electric utility industry. Click here for more information.
White House Gets Behind Nuclear Power To Fight Climate Change
As the United States prepares for the next United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris in December, the Administration understands how important nuclear energy is in addressing the twin dilemmas facing humanity. Click here for more information.
IEA urges support for nuclear
In its World Energy Outlook 2015 report, published on 10 November, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says governments that want to deploy nuclear power must recognise the security of supply, reliability and predictability that nuclear power offer. Click here for more information.
Preserving Nuclear Plants
We need a serious approach to preserving these plants if we hope to enjoy the benefits they provide and achieve our climate change goals. Click here for more information.
If No One Wants The Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant To Close, Why Is It Closing?
The U.N has repeatedly stated that nuclear needs to be a significant player in order to address climate change. If the world’s largest capitalist economy can’t figure out how to fix a warped energy market to value its largest source of emission-free electricity, then we aren’t very good capitalists. Click here for more information.
SC, region benefit from nuclear energy
For more than 40 years, South Carolina and North Carolina have enjoyed electricity from nuclear energy that produces virtually no carbon dioxide emissions. This is important as states will have to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan limiting limits carbon emissions. Click here for more information.
New York needs to save nuclear plants
Nuclear power plant operators maintain that New York’s wholesale power market does not adequately value nuclear power for providing large amounts of emissions free electricity. The plant operators are right. Click here for more information.
It’s Harder to Reach Carbon Goals With Pilgrim Closure
Pilgrim’s closure, in part due to low wholesale power prices that don’t adequately value existing nuclear-energy plants for generating clean, reliable power, should serve as a wake-up call. Click here for more information.
Nuclear part of climate-energy solution, says IAEA
Nuclear power can make a "significant contribution" to combatting climate change - "one of the most important environmental challenges facing the world today" - while providing energy for economic growth, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Click here for more information.
Going low carbon in Pennsylvania
I hope Pennsylvania adopts a mass-based approach that maintains the benefits of our existing nuclear fleet for the sake of cleaner skies, the state economy and our long-term energy security. Click here for more information.
Nuclear power is the workhorse of New York's energy policy
All New Yorkers who care about our environment and our economy should join Director Lindsey in calling for the continued operation of the nuclear plants that assure an abundant supply of clean, reliable, affordable energy. Click here for more information.
Nuclear power plays a role in New York's power needs
As we continue to work towards a future with lower carbon emissions, we simply cannot ignore our nuclear fleet, an existing asset that's already contributing to clearer skies. All stakeholders with an interest in working towards the goal of managing climate change should be mindful of this, to avoid an energy future where nuclear isn't on the table and where our goal of carbon reduction would be much more difficult to reach. Click here for more information.
Reducing Carbon Without Reducing Quality
In 2014 existing nuclear power accounted for just under 20% of this country’s electricity supply but was responsible for nearly two-thirds of all the carbon-free electricity we generated. The bottom line is that maintaining and preserving existing nuclear energy in this country is vital to achieving our clean energy and carbon-pollution reduction goals, and to do so we must start to value the low-carbon benefits it offers today. Click here for more information.
Nuclear power key in curbing climate change
In order for our country to make meaningful reductions in its carbon pollution, we must generate more energy from clean energy sources like wind, solar and other renewables and preserve zero-carbon energy sources like our existing nuclear power fleet. Click here for more information.
Nuclear energy offers benefits to Michigan
Michigan’s nuclear industry accounts for 3,200 full-time jobs (both direct and secondary), reports Brattle, and provides almost $23 million in net state tax revenues annually. The data also reveal that these plants contribute more than a half-billion dollars to the state’s gross domestic product, a key indicator of economic health. Click here for more information.
Report details economic, social benefits from New York's nuclear plants
The report said the state's plants...account for approximately $2.47 billion of the state's gross domestic product. The study's researchers also said the carbon emissions saved by these facilities account for an additional $1.12 billion in saved social costs, based on U.S. governmental estimates on the social costs of carbon emissions. Click here for more information.
Experts weigh in: Nuclear and the CPP
Achieving a clean energy future with supplies that are reliable and cost effective throughout America will require a lot of hard work and investment. But, because the goal is so important to our future, we must rise to the challenge. One key will be to make sure our nuclear plants continue to operate and provide carbon-free, reliable power to homes and businesses across this country. Click here for more information.
Brattle Group Report Pegs Nuclear Power Value In New York At $2.47 Billion
The Brattle Group said the six reactors provided New York with 5,000MW of carbon emissions-free electricity and nearly 42 milion megawatt hours of annual electricity generation. The industry accounts for about 18,000 full time jobs in the state, including direct and secondary jobs, and provides $113 million in net state tax revenues annually. Click here for more information.
Here's why nuclear energy is essential to reducing carbon pollution in Pa.
The state should take this opportunity to adopt a plan that allows Pennsylvania to reduce emissions in a way that is not only cost-effective, but helps to ensure the continued operation of Pennsylvania's leading source of carbon-free energy. Click here for more information.
Pennsylvania's nuke plants add $2.4 billion and 15,600 jobs to state economy
Pennsylvania's five nuclear power plants contribute about $2.4 billion to the state's economy, and the industry supports 15,600 direct and indirect jobs, according to a study commissioned by the advocacy group Nuclear Matters. Click here for more information.
Mich. nuclear plants contribute more than $500M to state's GDP, report finds
Michigan's three nuclear power plants contribute more than a half-billion dollars to the state's gross domestic product a new study has found. Click here for more information.
Fighting for a nuclear future: Report reveals the value to Michigan's energy mix
As policymakers debate Michigan's energy future, particularly in the face of new federal regulatory mandates that will shut down large portions of our coal-based generation, nuclear proponents say it is vital that nuclear power is properly valued in order to remain part of Michigan's strategically diverse energy mix. Click here for more information.
America Needs Its Nuclear Plants. Here's Why
Now is the time to maintain the jobs, dependability and carbon-free benefits of nuclear energy plants, and ensure these critical national assets continue to operate for the sake of our long-term energy security. America cannot afford to sleepwalk into the future and remain oblivious about our imminent risks. Click here for more information.
Keeping nuclear energy on the table
While we need an “all of the above” strategy that includes wind, nuclear, solar and hydroelectric energy to reduce air pollution, the significance of our existing nuclear fleet in helping generate carbon-free power cannot be overstated. Click here for more information.
Carl Heastie stands up for common sense on Indian Point
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie just declared in no uncertain terms that Gov. Cuomo’s call to shut down the Indian Point nuclear plant makes no sense. Indian Point supplies a quarter of New York City’s power — 2,000 megawatts, enough juice for 2 million homes. And there’s no other feasible source of power. Click here for more information.
Economic fallout from closed Vermont Yankee plant to continue for years
Lost business is only part of the trouble facing residents of Windham County after the nuclear plant closed in December. Sales of single-family homes in Brattleboro are down 16.2 percent year over year, and the median sales price for homes has dipped 8.5 percent, from $194,000 in 2014 to $177,500 so far in 2015. The slump comes at a time when housing nationwide is experiencing a robust recovery. Click here for more information.
Clean Power Plan is an Opportunity for States
Once, I opposed nuclear power. Now, with the climate impacts we are already seeing, I have come to view the existing nuclear fleet, which produces 23 percent of our baseload energy, as a key element to a low-carbon energy future. If we do not maintain these no-carbon energy sources and instead replace them with carbon-polluting sources, meeting our pollution reductions goals will get tougher, and might be even be impossible. Click here for more information.
Why We Need Nuclear Power
Stanford economics professor Frank Wolak, director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, agrees that nuclear should play a role in a zero-carbon grid. He notes that American nuclear generators are safer than ever and have an extremely high capacity factor, meaning they produce almost all of their potential energy. American nuclear set a record high capacity factor of 91.8 percent for 2014. Wind and solar have capacity factors less than half as large. Click here for more information.
End the Closing of Functioning Nuclear Plants
In many New England states, nuclear energy plants provide a significant percentage of the total electricity, keeping the lights on for consumers and businesses even at times of extreme heat and cold, when other forms of generation stop operating – all without emitting any carbon dioxide. Click here for more information.
Report: Nuclear Energy Supplies $60 Billion to US GDP, 400,000 Full-Time Jobs
Nuclear energy plants supply nearly 60 billion dollars to the United States’ gross domestic product while maintaining lower costs of electricity. Nuclear energy also supplies over 400,000 full-time jobs in the United States, a report by the Brattle Group said. Click here for more information.
Former Bush aide Lindsey joins Nuclear Matters
Former director of the National Economic Council and assistant to Former President George W. Bush, Larry Lindsey has joined the Leadership Council of Nuclear Matters, the organization announced on Thursday. Click here for more information.
Don't let nuke plants go too fast
So what’s the problem? Some of the nation’s best-performing nuclear units are financially distressed. Many have not been able to cover their costs in recent years, largely due to competition from low natural gas prices and flat electricity demand. Click here for more information.
New Brattle report touts economic benefits of nuclear energy
The domestic nuclear power fleet contributes $60bn annually to gross domestic product (GDP) and provides other economic and societal benefits, according to a new study done by economists at The Brattle Group for the advocacy organization, Nuclear Matters. The report, released July 7, estimates the value of the entire nuclear industry to the U.S. economy and its contribution to limiting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The research concludes that the nuclear industry accounts for about 475,000 full-time jobs (direct and secondary). Click here for more information.
Report: Nuclear plants significant to Arizona, US economies
A recent report by the Brattle Group said that nuclear power plants are significant to Arizona and the U.S. economically. According to the report, nuclear power contributes $1.6 billion in direct and secondary output and $1.1 billion in gross domestic product in Arizona. Arizona also accounts for 5,700 jobs in nuclear. Click here for more information.
Report reveals stark realities of eliminating nuclear
A new report conducted by economists at the Brattle Group underscores the need to address the challenges associated with premature nuclear energy plant shutdowns in an effort not to diminish nuclear contributions to the U.S. electricity supply, economy, and environment. Click here for more information.
Report: U.S. nuclear has big impact on economy, environment
A report from The Brattle Group says the U.S. nuclear fleet has more of an economic and environmental impact on the nation than once thought before. The report says nuclear power adds $60 billion to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) annually and supports 475,000 direct and secondary jobs. The industry contributes $12.2 billion in federal and state taxes and avoids 573 million tons of carbon emissions each year, the report says. Click here for more information.
What About Nuclear Power Isn't Good?
So what about nuclear power isn’t good? Apparently not much. A new report came out today analyzing the contributions of nuclear energy to our nation’s economy. “The Nuclear Industry’s Contribution to the U.S. Economy” by economists Dr. Mark Berkman, Dr. Dean Murphy and Mr. Stephen Lagos at The Brattle Group, shows that nuclear energy plants contribute about $60 billion annually to America’s gross domestic product (GDP) and over $100 billion in gross output. Click here for more information.
Nuclear plant shutdowns pose significant U.S. economic challenges, experts say
Significant, underlying economic difficulties associated with the premature shutdowns of U.S. nuclear plants could bring the country to a virtual standstill in several critical areas, a finding that requires prompt attention at the federal and state levels, say economists at The Brattle Group. - See more at: http://powernewswire.com/stories/510625741-nuclear-plant-shutdowns-pose-significant-u-s-economic-challenges-experts-say#sthash.g3bPrK2h.dpuf Click here for more information.
Abraham: Nuclear energy will power Michigan’s future
In fact, nuclear warrants even more emphasis in any discussion of Michigan’s energy mix. We should all recognize the state’s existing nuclear energy plants for their numerous benefits, including the fact that they produce reliable, carbon-free energy and spur jobs and economic growth. Click here for more information.
Nuclear Matters co-chair stresses importance of nuclear energy to sustain non-carbon emission goals
Judd Gregg, co-chair of Washington D.C.-based Nuclear Matters and a former New Hampshire senator, said the nation can’t achieve a sustainable energy policy without a strong nuclear component. - See more at: http://powernewswire.com/stories/510554819-nuclear-matters-co-chair-stresses-importance-of-nuclear-energy-to-sustain-non-carbon-emission-goals#sthash.RPfGt8Fp.dpuf Click here for more information.
NIMBY and Nuclear Energy
The conventional wisdom goes that “not-in-my-backyard,” is a barrier to nuclear energy. That may be true in some locations, but it is absolutely clear that a NIMBY attitude toward nuclear energy does not apply to most people who live close to America’s nuclear power plants. Click here for more information.
Study indicates those living near reactors support nuclear energy
In the survey, which was conducted in partnership with Bisconti Research and Quest Global Research Group, 89 percent of respondents had a favorable opinion of their local nuclear power plant and 83 percent agreed that their local plant operated safely. Click here for more information.
States look to act on nuclear power
Lawmakers in statehouses are looking for ways to support nuclear power close to home. Efforts across the country could spark more action than has occurred lately on the federal level. Click here for more information.
Indian Point Nuclear Plant Boosts New York’s Economy $1.6 Billion/Yr.
Entergy’s Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County annually contributes an estimated $1.6 billion to New York’s economy and $2.5 billion to the nation as a whole, according to a Nuclear Energy Institute study released today. Click here for more information.
Ex-Indiana Governor to Illinois: Back Low Carbon Plan
While we don’t have all of the answers today, it is clear that Illinois’ energy policies should be reassessed to allow all forms of energy production to compete in the state, and to preserve the important benefits that nuclear power brings to the table. In evaluating the LCPS, it is my hope that Illinois voters, legislators and stakeholders do everything they can to ensure that these valuable plants continue operating. Click here for more information.
Nuclear power must have central role in mitigating effects of climate change
Nuclear power will need to play the central role in the fight against climate change in the U.S. and globally. A study by Charles Frank of the Brookings Institution, a think tank in Washington, D.C., found that nuclear plants avoid production of six times as much carbon dioxide per unit of capacity as solar arrays do. Click here for more information.
It's Our Aging Energy Infrastructure, Stupid
Energy analyst Matt Wald points out another component that is often overlooked by most analyses – we do not value those energy generators that reduce the stress on our aging energy infrastructure. “Nuclear power plants, in addition to making clean, reliable electricity at a stable price, also reduce stress on the nation’s transportation infrastructure." Click here for more information.
Nuclear energy key to bolstering national security and protecting environment
The United States has been at the forefront of nuclear energy for nearly 70 years and the benefits it has provided to our health, the environment and national security are countless. To address the leading issues of our time — from climate change and energy diversity to nonproliferation and economic security — Congress and the administration must do all they can to maintain and grow our nuclear energy capabilities. Click here for more information.
Protect Illinois nuclear industry
The debate over the Low Carbon Portfolio Standard is important to everyone in Illinois. The six nuclear power plants in Illinois provide 90 percent of the state’s carbon-free power. Across the state, Illinois’ nuclear plants inject nearly $9 billion directly into the economy each year. They provide 28,000 jobs, both directly and indirectly. They contribute $290 million to state and local taxes to fund schools, public works and emergency response services. Quad Cities Station pays more than $7.5 million per year in Rock Island County property taxes. There is simply no economic or environmental rationale to allow these nuclear assets to close prematurely. Click here for more information.
Christine Todd Whitman: Nuclear energy good for economy, environment, citizens' health
The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the United States will need 30 percent more electricity by 2040 — a daunting projection for states across the country that need to determine how to meet this demand while addressing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. Click here for more information.
Sen. Murkowski: Nuclear Energy Remains Key to US Energy Future
"I believe that energy should be abundant, affordable, clean, diverse and secure. And I believe that the future of the nuclear industry is bright because it checks all of those boxes. Nuclear fits right in," Murkowski told more than 800 nuclear energy industry leaders at the Nuclear Energy Institute's annual conference. Click here for more information.
Christine Todd Whitman: Nuclear energy must be part of climate discussion
According to a recent state of Illinois report, closing the Byron, Quad Cities and Clinton nuclear power facilities would increase carbon emissions up to 18.9 million tons across the region and up to 8.7 million tons for the state of Illinois — leaving the state far short of meeting the EPA's proposed regulations for state carbon output. Click here for more information.
Over 60 Organizations Voice Support for the Illinois Low Carbon Portfolio Standard
Over 60 organizations from across Illinois and around the country signed an open letter to voice their support for the Illinois Low Carbon Portfolio Standard (LCPS) (HB 3293/SB 1585), currently being considered by the Illinois General Assembly. Signatories of the letter (full text below) include the Chicago Urban League, Exelon, GE Hitachi, IBEW Local 15, Illinois AFL-CIO, Illinois Clean Energy Coalition, Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Pipe Trades Association, Sargent & Lundy and United Scrap. Their support comes on the heels of a rally in the state capitol last week that drew nearly 600 Illinoisans who delivered a petition with over 10,000 signatures urging state lawmakers to enact the legislation. Click here for more information.
Saving nuclear energy plants means saving jobs
Income inequality and the disappearance of a true middle class are seemingly unavoidable topics of national conversation, especially as we head into the presidential election. And rightfully so; now, more than ever, government affects the distribution of the nation's prosperity. While there are many dynamics at play here, one area where policymakers and regulators have the ability to affect positive change is by ensuring that existing nuclear energy plants — and the hundreds of thousands of solid, middle-class jobs they provide — are preserved. Click here for more information.
NEI highlights Ginna benefits
Ginna is one of six nuclear reactors supplying nearly 30% of the state of New York's electricity, and has operated at more than 95% capacity over the past ten years - above the industry average and significantly higher than all other forms of generation. However, according to the NEI, the facility could find itself forced to shut down "due to a confluence of electricity market factors". Click here for more information.
When Should A Nuclear Power Plant Be Refueled?
The Columbia Generating Station just set a personal nuclear best on the eve of Mother’s Day when it began it’s latest refueling outage after operating for 683 days without stopping once (Tri-City Herald)...Nuclear power plants run almost all the time, and refuel only once every two years or so. Click here for more information.
U.S. nuclear power plant closures create negative economic consequences: Nuclear Matters
Nuclear power plants across the nation are facing a perfect storm of economic and policy challenges that are posing a threat to their continued operation, with the potential for significant economic consequences to states and local governments, said Nuclear Matters Leadership Council member Blanche Lincoln. Click here for more information.
Illinois residents rally for nuclear
They delivered a petition of over 10,000 signatures in support of the bill to the legislators of the Illinois General Assembly who will vote on the proposed Low Carbon Portfolio Standard (LCPS) legislation. The legislation, which has already been passed by the Illinois Senate, aims to reduce carbon emissions, increase renewable energy and maintain a stable and secure electricity supply in the state. It is technology neutral, allowing all low carbon energy sources - including wind, solar, hydro, clean coal and nuclear - to compete on an equal footing. Click here for more information.
NEI Warns Against Early Closing of Ginna Nuclear Plant, Which Serves 500,000 People
New York consumers will pay higher electricity costs and the state will lose an important tool to reduce air pollution if Exelon’s R.E. Ginna nuclear power plant is forced to close early, the Nuclear Energy Institute warned in comments provided to the New York Public Service Commission. Click here for more information.
Why the President Should Support All Carbon-Free Energy Production
Our current fleet of nuclear power plants generates about 63% of all low-carbon/low-emission energy in the U.S. and avoids billions of tons of air emissions. How can this key point be ignored? Click here for more information.
Nuclear energy faces market crunch
As we continue raising awareness around the value of nuclear energy, and the need to preserve the existing nuclear fleet, we are hopeful that discussions like the one held in New York will help ensure that this carbon-free, reliable energy source continues to be a part of our energy mix. This is critical to the state and country's long-term energy, environmental, and economic security. Click here for more information.
Legislators, leaders urge action on electricity bill
The Illinois General Assembly must enact legislation to create a Low Carbon Portfolio Standard in the current session to ensure that the state avoids the negative impacts of closing nuclear energy plants on the economy, communities, jobs and the environment, a group of state and local leaders told the Illinois House Energy Committee at a subject matter hearing Wednesday. Click here for more information.
Nuclear energy in Illinois needs level playing field
A state of Illinois report found that the consequences of closing these plants prematurely would be catastrophic, with losses to the state of $1.8 billion in annual economic activity and nearly 8,000 jobs. Even worse, it would raise electricity prices statewide by up to $500 million each year – costing the average Illinois household far more than the projected $2 per month to keep the nuclear energy plants operating. Click here for more information.
No Premature Closure of Nuke Plants
Nuclear-energy plants produce 63% of our nation’s carbon-free electricity. The emissions impact of premature reactor closures is real. These plants are unmatched in reliability. They provide one-fifth of our nation’s energy and maintain an average reliability of 85%-90%. Click here for more information.
Nuclear power plants ensure reliable energy
Nuclear energy produces 79 percent of Massachusetts’ emission‐free electricity...Nuclear energy provides 12 percent of Massachusetts’ electricity, ensuring reliable power for consumers and businesses alike, and contributing to the state’s diverse energy mix. Diversity of electricity supply helps keep consumer rates as low as possible and ensures that the system is not overly reliant on one or two electricity sources. Click here for more information.
Nuclear energy must be a part of environmental protection plan
As a former EPA administrator, I have long championed the need to limit pollutants that contribute to climate change. As part of President Obama's energy team... Click here for more information.
What happens to carbon emissions when nuclear diminishes?
As the head of an organization dedicated to protecting the environment, I care deeply about reducing carbon emissions in order to improve human, animal and plant ecologies. One of the key ways to do this is to preserve our existing nuclear fleet. Click here for more information.
Nuclear hailed for its economic benefits in Florida
The daily electricity production at Florida Power and Light's (FPL) nuclear plants benefits Florida's economy by more than $1.4 billion annually, according to a new study by the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) -- strengthening the state economy through job creation, tax payments, and direct and secondary spending. Click here for more information.
Nuclear plants provide jobs, clean energy
Last year, Exelon spent $2.4 billion with 6,000 local businesses and gave $14.7 million to Illinois nonprofits -- few out-of-state companies could match that. In addition, its nuclear energy plants generate clean, reliable energy critical to Illinois’ economy. They were designed and built to power both northern and southern Illinois, producing nearly half of the state’s total electricity and 90 percent of its carbon-free power. Together, they create nearly $9 billion of economic value throughout the state and are responsible for 28,000 jobs. Click here for more information.
Chamber supports Exelon
Plants like the Quad-Cities Generating Station create half of Illinois’ energy and are part of the economic bedrock of their local communities. In the Quad-Cities alone, the plant employs nearly 800 people in stable, high-paying positions and provides nearly $7.5 million in state and local taxes. Losing these good-paying jobs, along with the economic activity and the tax revenue they support, would undoubtedly hurt our regional economy. Click here for more information.
Invest in nuclear energy to meet our carbon goals
To have any chance of meeting the EPA’s and the administration’s broader climate goals, we must ensure that nuclear energy remains on the table and that we value it for its carbon-free attributes. Click here for more information.
Stand up for Illinois nuke plants to save jobs
Because of a number of economic factors and some flaws in market structure, half of Illinois’ nuclear plants are in danger of closing prematurely. That would mean losing premier employers that pay real middle-class wages, treat their work forces well, pay taxes on time, and operate safe enterprises in their communities. Click here for more information.
Davis touts nuclear power's benefits during Clinton tour
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said there can be state and federal solutions to secure the future of nuclear power plants such as those in Clinton. Click here for more information.
Illinois can set example for low-carbon future
Should Illinois move toward an LCPS, the operating life of the state’s nuclear fleet would be extended which, in turn, would facilitate the state’s compliance with EPA rules, in particular the 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions from 2005 levels by 2030. Click here for more information.
Electric system reliability at risk in Ohio
Nuclear energy facilities are large, long-term investments, designed to produce electricity at full capacity, around the clock for 60 years or more. This is well understood in state-regulated electricity markets, which adequately value the facilities and where integrated resource planning 15 to 20 years into the future makes investing for the long term predictable. But those markets no longer exist in about half of the states. Click here for more information.
Former Dallas mayor, U.S. ambassador pushes nuclear power in Texas
Former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk, who also served as the U.S. trade representative under President Barack Obama, is making the case that Texas and other states need more nuclear power in order to offer a diverse energy mix. Click here for more information.
What's the future of nuclear power?
Nuclear plants form the baseline of healthy power systems in countries lucky enough to have them. Click here for more information.
Survey: Public values energy diversity and that includes nuclear
The new survey shows a notable increase over the past year in public perceptions of nuclear energy safety, with 79 percent reporting that "nuclear power plants operating in the United States are safe and secure." Click here for more information.
Nuclear Energy Is Critical to Fighting Climate Change
"As we work to reduce carbon emissions, we can't ignore any existing carbon-free source of energy. Nuclear energy produces nearly two-thirds of all carbon-free electricity to American homes and businesses." Click here for more information.
More Nuclear Retirements Could Thwart Domestic CO2 Efforts, Bayh says
Nuclear energy produces 20% of all electricity and about 63% of all carbon-free electricity in the nation, Bayh said. There is no way the nation could let 63% of its existing zero-emission power retire and still meet the EPA goal of cutting CO2 30% by 2030, Bayh said. Click here for more information.
Ex-EPA official, Senator Tour Northern Ohio - Pair Support Nuclear Power, Voice Need to Keep Davis-Besse Operating
"Nuclear power produces 20 percent of America’s electricity and is, pound-for-pound, one of the lowest-emitting sources of carbon dioxide." Click here for more information.
Heavyweights Gather at Davis-Besse to Support Ohio Nuclear
"Ohio's nuclear energy plants account for an overwhelming 90 percent of the state's carbon-free power while employing more than 1,420 highly skilled workers and paying more than $24 million in state and local taxes. Based on national averages, each of Ohio's two reactors has a payroll of about $40 million and contributes $470 million to the local economy." Click here for more information.
Nuclear Matters Meets at Davis-Besse
Nuclear power accounts for about 90 percent of Ohio's carbon-free power and provides more than 1,400 jobs. According to Nuclear Matters, Ohio's two nuclear plants — Davis-Besse and Perry Nuclear Power Plant — have payrolls totaling about $40 million. Click here for more information.
Nuclear has to be part of the country's future energy mix
“Ohio’s nuclear energy facilities are also important drivers of jobs and economic growth for the state. Together, these plants support a workforce of more than 1,420 highly skilled employees and pay more than $24 million in state and local taxes. And, based on national averages, each of Ohio’s two reactors has a payroll of about $40 million and contributes $470 million to the local economy annually.” Click here for more information.
Nuclear Energy Plants Well Worth Saving in Illinois
“Nuclear energy is unmatched in reliability and is critical to keeping the lights on in Illinois so that homes, businesses and communities can thrive. In fact, Illinois’ six nuclear plants provide nearly 48 percent of the state’s electricity and generate enough energy to power the needs of seven million residents.” Click here for more information.
Former Opponent Touts Nuclear Power at Chicago Event
"With 6 percent of nuclear power in the U.S. under financial threat, nuclear proponents are attempting to win over environmental activists. Who better to send the message that nuclear power is a "clean" form of power and worth saving than Browner, who changed her mind and began advocating for nuclear power in 2011." Click here for more information.
The Future of Nuclear Energy in Illinois
"Tomorrow at the City Club of Chicago, a group of panelist will discuss Illinois’s energy future. One person on stage will be Carol Browner, the former EPA administrator under President Clinton, who also served as director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy for two years under President Obama. She currently serves on the leadership council of Nuclear Matters, which is examining the challenges for nuclear energy in this country. Carol Browner joins us in studio." Click here for more information.
Before We Close More Nuclear Power Plants, We Need a National Conversation
"What might be done to ensure that existing nuclear energy plants are preserved? While different solutions may be called for in different regions, it is time to begin engaging in these discussions on a national scale so that we can ensure a diverse and secure energy future for America. To this end, we have laid out a framework of possible solutions that might be considered by policymakers." Click here for more information.
Meeting Carbon Emissions Goals Could Prove Impossible Without Nuclear Power
"Nuclear energy provides about 20 percent of our nation’s electricity – a no-carbon source that runs nearly nonstop: a 91 percent fleet capacity factor in 2013 at 100 reactors in 31 states. It is safe, reliable and clean." Click here for more information.
Nuclear Energy: The Once and Future Power Source
"Planned closures of nuclear facilities have the potential to disrupt a reliable power source and increase the greenhouse gases put into the air. It already provides nearly 20 percent of our electricity and 60 percent of the clean energy we use. That’s right. Nuclear is a (virtually) renewable energy source that produces no carbon emissions.” Click here for more information.
The Nuclear Gap In Obama's Clean Power Plan
"Nuclear power is the work-horse of power supply and of zero-carbon generation. Nuclear plants operate around the clock in all weather, providing nearly 20% of the nation’s electricity supply and comprising about 63.3% of all clean (zero carbon emissions) energy, which is more than all other clean energy sources put together.” Click here for more information.
How the French Fight Global Warming
"There is nothing eco-friendly about prematurely taking offline perfectly good infrastructure that provides low-cost, reliable electricity. Nuclear power plants have a small footprint compared to the massive amount of consistent electricity they create. Further, nuclear power is virtually emissions free, emitting almost no CO2 or real pollutants like nitrogen and sulfur dioxides or volatile organic compounds.” Click here for more information.
Nuclear Industry Touts Environment Benefits as it Seeks to Stem Reactor Retirements
"'We recognize that nuclear power is vital for achieving a low-carbon energy future, and we strive to provide the United States with the clean energy that we need to sustain and grow our prosperity and leave a clean planet to our children and our grandchildren,'” Peter Lyons, assistant U.S. energy secretary for nuclear energy, said during the Nuclear Matters event, which also was sponsored by The Hill newspaper.” Click here for more information.
Nuclear Crowd Hoping to See Tweaks in EPA Clean Power Plan
“'If current profit is the only motivation, you will continue to see a focus on natural gas,'” Lyons said. That won’t result in much baseload fuel diversity, he said. Nevertheless, nuclear has some staying power. Noting that Pennsylvania has benefited economically from the shale boom, Barr said that nuclear is so efficient that people almost forget about it.” Click here for more information.
Former EPA leader: ‘Irresponsible’ for US to Halt Nuclear Power
“'I think climate change is biggest problem the world has ever faced,'” Browner said. “'Here in U.S. if we were take off the table an existing source of carbon-free energy it would simply be irresponsible,'” she said referencing nuclear power. Click here for more information.
How Nuclear and Renewables Can Work Together for a Cleaner Future
“If we can extend the existing nuclear plants, rather than retiring them prematurely, we can create important optionality at this critical tipping point, at a time when our country’s energy future truly needs it,” Kelly-Detwiler writes. “This optionality should be ascribed to nuclear plants and valued as such in the policy debates that occur in the coming months and years and we should think long and hard before we give that optionality away.” Click here for more information.
Existing Nuclear Power Plants May Be Renewable Energy's Best Friend
"Gregg observes that the nation’s nuclear power plants produce 20% of our electricity, that the plants run steadily and reliably – producing round the clock baseload power – and that if we are intent on creating a cleaner energy future, the last thing we should do is to prematurely retire them." Click here for more information.
Sen. Gregg - Letter to the Editor in the Wall Street Journal
"Existing nuclear energy plants are more than a carbon-free 'cushion' to help us bide the time until new energy technologies are commercially available. Nuclear energy should be part of this country’s long-term energy strategy for its ability to produce carbon-free, reliable energy and provide jobs and economic development to the regions they serve." Click here for more information.
Do Politicians Care About Nuclear Matters?
"We desperately need organizations like Nuclear Matters to inform the public about the clear benefits that nuclear energy provides to our nation and to help stop the hemorrhaging of the lowest carbon-emitting industry in America." Click here for more information.
Nuclear Matters Warns About Premature Plant Closings
"The bottom line is that we must do everything we can to keep America's existing nuclear energy facilities operating," Gregg said. "Further premature closures would jeopardize the benefits our existing nuclear energy plants provide in the form of reliable, carbon-free energy, as well as jobs and economic growth." Click here for more information.
Sustaining NY's Nuclear Fleet
"Part of our ability to remain a leader is contingent on having a reliable and affordable supply of electricity and our existing nuclear energy plants, which provide one-third of the state's electricity, are a critical part of this equation," said Jerry Kremer, chairman of the New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance (New York AREA). Click here for more information.
Nuclear Energy Must Be Part of Climate Change Strategy
"Nuclear energy already provides 64 percent of all carbon-free power to American homes and businesses, and it is no different in Massachusetts. Maintaining reliable power is vital to each of the 680,000 families whose homes are powered by nuclear energy in Massachusetts and surrounding states, and to everyone who enjoys the clean air in Massachusetts." Click here for more information.
Nuclear Plants Make New York a Global Model for Addressing Climate Change
“In addition to accounting for nearly one-third of New York's electricity, nuclear is the most reliable and efficient form of generation in the state. Our state's nuclear energy facilities operated at a very high average capacity factor of 92.2 percent for the three years prior to 2013. Such reliability is critical as we begin to experience the more frequent extreme weather events and colder winters that are the product of the climate change that we are trying to prevent.” Click here for more information.
The Value of Nuclear
"Nuclear plants provide electricity 24/7, 365 days a year. In the US they provide about 20% of our electricity, which is just under 800 billion kWh a year. For about 15 years now we have been operating a fleet-wide capacity factor of about 90%," Fertel said. Click here for more information.
Nuclear Option to Climate Change
"‘I am for clean, renewable energies. We need to get these faster,’ said Browner. But time is short, and until renewables can be added at a larger scale, nuclear power is the best alternative to turning the tide on greenhouse gas, she added.” Click here for more information.
Browner Says Nuclear Energy Key to Fighting Climate Change
“Browner who is now a member of the Nuclear Matters’ Leadership Council, said nuclear energy is a vital piece of the nation’s energy infrastructure. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which are a primary cause of global warming, is essential to addressing climate change, she said.” NOTE: Content Behind Paywall Click here for more information.
Stop Worrying, and Love Nuclear Power: Officials
"Energy is at the core of an economy's ability to compete," said Nuclear Matters' Gregg. "We would be foolish to shut down one of our core energy sources." Click here for more information.
Nuclear Energy Plays a Part in Reaching Carbon Emissions Reductions
"Pennsylvania’s nuclear energy facilities provide more than one-third of our state’s electricity and almost 5,000 high-skills jobs each year. They also bolster the state economy; touching or benefiting 4,150 Pennsylvania businesses. And these plants do all of this while emitting zero carbon into the atmosphere, preventing the emissions of more than 60 million metric tons of carbon each year in Pennsylvania. Nuclear energy is therefore critical to ensuring that Pennsylvania and the nation can achieve a cleaner energy future." Click here for more information.
Shore Up Our Electric Grid
"As Evan Bayh, former Democratic governor and senator from Indiana put it at a nuclear energy forum in Philadelphia in May, 'We are sleepwalking into our energy future.' We cannot afford to do that." Click here for more information.
Wisconsin Reactor’s Demise Shows Nuclear Towns’ Plight
“The best jobs and the biggest employer are disappearing from the town of Carlton, Wisconsin, leaving behind a site that should be ready for a new employer to move in, perhaps a half-century from now.” Click here for more information.
Why Nuclear Energy Matters for New York
“As a former EPA administrator, I know the value of carbon-free nuclear energy. I have long championed the need to limit the dangerous pollutants that contribute to climate change, and I know what an important role nuclear energy plays in helping to accomplish this.” Click here for more information.
Keep Nuclear Plants Open
“Nuclear plants produce nearly a fifth of the United States’ total power production, but in 2013 accounted for an overwhelming 63 percent of the country’s carbon-free energy.” Click here for more information.
Nuclear at a Crossroads
“The role nuclear generation must play in our energy future has thus far received too little attention. Nuclear and renewable energy represent our only viable forms of carbon-free generation today, and are thus critical components for the U.S. to meet 2050 carbon reduction goals.” Click here for more information.
Obama’s Carbon Order Increases Nuclear Energy’s Odds
“Mandating the reduction of carbon emissions could result in the increasing use of nuclear energy. Is that good? If the nation’s current and former leaders of the Environmental Protection Agency are asked, the answer is an unmistakable ‘yes.’” Click here for more information.
Commentary: Nuclear Is Key to Reducing Carbon Emissions
“America’s decades-long leadership in nuclear energy means that every year, we prevent the emission of 570 million metric tons of carbon pollution — essentially the same amount of carbon emitted by almost all U.S. passenger cars.” Click here for more information.
Kewaunee Closing Makes Wisconsin's Task To Meet EPA Rules Tougher
When the Kewaunee plant was shuttered in May 2013, Wisconsin lost roughly 5% of its power supply. But more importantly, the state lost an even bigger share of the power generation sources that produce no greenhouse gas emissions. Click here for more information.
Former Sens. Bayh, Gregg Promote Keeping Nuclear Plants Viable, Operating
Former Sens. Evan Bayh and Judd Gregg believe nuclear power should continue to be a main power source for the U.S. for the foreseeable future. Click here for more information.
The White House's Climate Assessment Heats Up The Discussion About Nuclear Power
Without rock-solid reliability, the polar vortex of January 2014 would have led to more blackouts and deaths. During the cold snap, U.S. nukes, with weeks or months of solid fuel supply at hand, maintained a capacity factor of more than 95 percent. Click here for more information.
Former Sen. Bayh Discusses Market, Technology Factors Contributing to Nuclear Energy’s U.S. Downswing
Former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), discusses the role he believes nuclear energy should play in the U.S.'s energy future and explains how the industry can get there. Click here for more information.
Nuclear Must Play a Role to Ensure Reliable Electricity Generation
“No sports team can rely on one or two players, even if they’re superstars, to win a championship. The same can be said for America’s challenge to ensure reliable electricity generation.” Click here for more information.
Campaign Aims to Boost Nuclear Power's Flagging Fortunes
“Two months ago, the industry launched a promotion campaign called Nuclear Matters, whose aim is to create a greater appreciation of atomic power's role as a reliable source of carbon-free electricity.” Click here for more information.
If You're Concerned About Climate Change, You Should Support Nuclear Power
“As we continue our vital effort to protect clean air, clean water and healthy communities, and cut the carbon pollution that fuels climate change, it is important to keep in mind the contribution our existing nuclear power plants make toward producing clean energy while meeting America’s energy needs.” Click here for more information.
Future of Nuclear Plants
“Nuclear energy plants are clearly vital to Pennsylvania's economic well-being, both short- and long-term.” Click here for more information.
Don’t Pull the Plug on Nuclear Power
“Existing nuclear energy plants are the backbone of our nation’s energy portfolio, powering tens of millions of homes and businesses across the country. Nuclear energy is mission-critical in providing a diverse energy mix, which ensures that the lights stay on without an over-reliance on any one fuel source.” Click here for more information.
Rising Utility Costs Lingering After Winter’s Chill Fades
“U.S. consumers got a glimpse of rising future utility bills during the winter as coal- and nuclear-plant shutdowns boosted reliance on natural gas.” Click here for more information.
We Must Continue to Lead in Nuclear
“Nuclear energy employs more than 100,000 Americans in well-paying jobs across the country. These jobs pay 36 percent more than average salaries, providing a stable, livable income for thousands of American families — and the increased opportunity that comes with it.” Click here for more information.
Nuclear Power Meets the Challenges of Climate Change and Better Health
“Accounting for 20 percent of the U.S. energy supply and 64 percent of U.S. low-carbon energy, nuclear energy can also contribute to meeting the goals that President Obama laid out in his directive: it reduces pollution, promotes U.S. energy independence and is a domestic energy source that provides thousands of jobs.” Click here for more information.
Polar Vortex – Nuclear Saves the Day
“But nuclear did quite well throughout the vortex period. The entire fleet operated at 95% capacity, a ridiculously high value. And not just that, but most individual nuclear plants actually produced more energy because of the cold weather.” Click here for more information.
Why Environmentalists Should Hope Nuclear Power Sticks Around
“At the least, utilities, regulators and the public should be open to keeping the nuclear plants the country already has, which represent billions in capital investment.” Click here for more information.
How Nuclear Power Can Stop Global Warming
“When you have fission, you have a million times more energy than when you burn hydrocarbons. That’s a nice advantage to have.” – Bill Gates Click here for more information.
Moniz: Nuclear Power to Play Key Role in Fight Against Climate Change
"The president continues to see nuclear energy as an important part of a diverse energy portfolio, and it's part of his goal of doubling the national share of electricity from low-carbon energy sources by 2035.” Click here for more information.
What’s Holding Back Nuclear Energy
“Nuclear power seems to have it all. Like renewables, it emits no greenhouse gases. Like coal, it is always on. Nuclear doesn't face the price volatility that natural gas does, and it actually has a better safety record than the coal industry.” Click here for more information.
Nuclear Power Can Save America From An ‘Energy Cliff’
“The industry and government policymakers alike recognize that nuclear energy must be part of any national energy policy and is the most certain environmental solution to keep us from going off the energy cliff without taking away our clean air.” Click here for more information.
Top Climate Scientists Ask Environmentalists to Support Nuclear Power in Climate Battle
Four scientists who have played a key role in alerting the public to the dangers of climate change sent letters to leading environmental groups and politicians around the world. Click here for more information.
Coming Full Circle in Energy, to Nuclear
If nuclear power is to play a leading role combating climate change, it should start now. Click here for more information.
Less Nuclear Energy Means More Coal, Natural Gas – And Carbon Emissions
For three-plus decades, nuclear plants had become reliable and efficient, running at 90-plus percent capacity rates — more than any other form of electric generation. Click here for more information.
Former U.S. Energy Secretary on Why Nuclear Matters
Nuclear Matters Leadership Council member Spencer Abraham weighs in on investing in nuclear power. Click here for more information.
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The role of nuclear energy plants in producing electricity, supporting jobs and lowering emissions in the United States.