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By Russell Ray  ·  Power Engineering  ·  

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.

By Beacon Journal Editorial Board   ·  Akron Beacon Journal   ·  

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.

By Bill Loveless  ·  USA Today   ·  

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.

By Amy Harder  ·  Wall Street Journal  ·  

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.

By Mark Perry  ·  U.S. News & World Report  ·  

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.

By Larry Lindsey and Sean McGarvey  ·  Quad-City Times  ·  

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.

World Nuclear News  ·  

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.

By Sen. Evan Bayh   ·  Morning Consult  ·  

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.

By Rebecca Kern  ·  Bloomberg BNA  ·  

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.

By Carol M. Browner  ·  Chicago Sun-Times  ·  

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.

By Sec. Spencer Abraham  ·  Lansing State Journal  ·  

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.

By Dr. Larry Lindsey  ·  Marietta Daily Journal  ·  

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.

By Anne Bisconti  ·    ·  

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.

By Senator Evan Bayh  ·  The Day   ·  

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.

By William Miller  ·  St. Louis Post-Dispatch  ·  

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.

By Sen. Evan Bayh  ·  El Nuevo Herald  ·  

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.

By James Conca  ·  Forbes  ·  

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.

By Mikhail Chudakov, IAEA Department of Nuclear Energy  ·  International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)  ·  

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.

By Barbara Vergetis Lundin  ·  Smart Grid News  ·  

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.

By Christine Todd Whitman, Former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency  ·  The Wall Street Journal  ·  

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.

By Patrick McGeehan  ·  The New York Times  ·  

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.

By Larry Lindsey  ·  Syracuse Post-Standard   ·  

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.

By Carol M. Browner  ·  Wall Street Journal  ·  

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.

By Spencer Abraham, Former U.S. Secretary of Energy   ·  The Detroit News  ·  

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.

By Jerry Paul  ·  FierceEnergy  ·  

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.

Nuclear Street News   ·  

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.

By Bruce Parker  ·  Vermont Watchdog  ·  

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.

By Carol M. Browner, Former EPA Administrator  ·  Morning Consult  ·  

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.

By Julian Spector  ·  Mother Jones  ·  

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.

By Wayne Barber  ·  Power Engineering via Generation Hub  ·  

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.

PennEnergy  ·  

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.

By James Conca  ·  Forbes  ·  

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.

By Kim Sunderland  ·  Power News Wire  ·  

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.

By Peter J. Gallanis   ·  Power News Wire  ·  

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.

By Sen. Evan Bayh  ·  Illinois Observer  ·  

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.

By Christine Todd Whitman, Co-Chair, CASEnergy Coalition  ·  The Hill  ·  

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.

By Paul Rumler, Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce  ·  The Quad-City Times  ·  

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.

By Christine Todd Whitman, Co-Chair, CASEnergy Coalition  ·  Knoxville News Sentinel  ·  

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.

By Christine Todd Whitman, Former Governor, CASEnergy Co-Chair   ·  The State Journal-Register   ·  

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.

PR Newswire  ·  

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.

By Sean McGarvey, President of North America's Building Trades Unions  ·  The Hill  ·  

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.

World Nuclear News  ·  

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.

By Sen. Judd Gregg  ·  lohud  ·  

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.

By Chris Crane, President & CEO, Exelon  ·  Chicago Sun Times  ·  

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.

By Sen. Judd Gregg  ·  Cape Cod Times  ·  

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.

By Chris Crane  ·  The Southern Illinoisan  ·  

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.

By Scott J. VanDeWoestyne  ·  Quad-City Times  ·  

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.

By Marvin S. Fertel  ·  cleveland.com  ·  

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.

By Barbara Vergetis Lundin  ·  Fierce Energy  ·  

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.

By Evan Bayh and Judd Gregg  ·  Crain's Cleveland Business  ·  

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.

WBEZ 91.5 FM - Afternoon Shift  ·  

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.

By Evan Bayh & Judd Gregg  ·  Fox News  ·  

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.

By Katie Tubb  ·  The Daily Signal  ·  

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.

By Ari Natter  ·  Blomberg BNA  ·  

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.

By Wayne Barber  ·  Generation Hub  ·  

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.

By Kevin Smead  ·  Energy Digital  ·  

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.

By Judd Gregg  ·  The Wall Street Journal  ·  

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.

By Christine Todd Whitman  ·  The Boston Globe  ·  

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.

By Jerry Kremer  ·  Huffington Post  ·  

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.

By Michael Krancer  ·  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  ·  

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.

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