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Introducing the Next Chapter of Nuclear Matters

As we move toward 2017, with a new administration and nuclear legislative issues to be considered in state capitals throughout the country, Nuclear Matters, CASEnergy Coalition and the Nuclear Advocacy Network have united to create a single, broad-based, coalition that will leverage a diverse community of advocates and promote policies favorable to nuclear energy. Click here for more information.

Report by The Horinko Group Quantifies Carbon Value of U.S. Nuclear Plants

Nuclear energy plants in the United States collectively prevent more than 531 million tons of CO2 emissions per year – worth $85 billion by 2020, based on the federal government’s guidelines for the social cost of carbon – according to a new study that takes the most comprehensive look to date at the carbon value of nuclear. Click here for more information.

Nuclear Matters’ Sen. Judd Gregg Discusses Environmental Value of U.S. Nuclear Plants Before Senate Committee

Former Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) told a Senate committee today that shutting down safe, reliable nuclear plants because markets haven’t found a way to compensate their value means that hundreds of people lose good-paying jobs, while local businesses lose customers. Click here for more information.

Nuclear Matters Statement on Announcement that Exelon will Assume Ownership and Operation of Entergy's James A. Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant

Nuclear Matters issued the following statement on the announcement today that Exelon Generation has agreed to assume ownership and operations of Entergy Corporation's James A. FitzPatrick nuclear power plant in Scriba, New York.  Click here for more information.

Nuclear Matters Statement on Vote to Implement First of Its Kind Clean Energy Standard in New York That Values Carbon-Free Energy Generated by Nuclear Plants

Today, the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) voted on a provision within the Clean Energy Standard (CES) that would value the emission-free energy that New York’s nuclear energy plants provide in recognition of the fact that these facilities are a critical bridge to meeting the state's goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent and generate half of New York's electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Click here for more information.

Nuclear Matters Urges Timely Implementation of the CES to Ensure Continued Operation of Upstate Nuclear Plants 

Nuclear Matters encourages the timely implementation of New York state's Clean Energy Standard (CES), including a provision that would properly value nuclear energy produced in the state for its carbon-free benefits.  As proposed by the New York State Department of Public Service (NYS DPS) on July 8th, the program, if enacted, would value nuclear energy plants for their leading role in providing carbon-free power.  These facilities will be an important element to meet the state's goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent and generate half of New York's electricity from renewable sources by 2030.   Click here for more information.

Nuclear Matters Statement on Exelon Announcement of Early Retirement of Clinton and Quad-Cities Nuclear Plants

WASHINGTON, DC (June 2, 2016) – Nuclear Matters co-chair, former Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN), issued the following statement on Exelon’s announcement today that the company plans to move forward with the premature shutdown of the Clinton and Quad Cities nuclear plants, given the lack of progress on Illinois energy legislation. Click here for more information.

Nuclear Matters’ Sen. Evan Bayh on Department of Energy Summit on Improving the Economics of America’s Nuclear Power Plants

Washington, D.C.  (May 19, 2016) – Nuclear Matters co-chair, former Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN), issued the following statement on the Department of Energy Summit on Improving the Economics of America’s Nuclear Power Plants held today in Washington, D.C. Click here for more information.

Illinois Legislature should pass Next Generation Energy Plan to Save Clinton and Quad Cities Nuclear Plants

CHICAGO, Illinois (May 6, 2016) - Nuclear Matters co-chair, former Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN), issued the following statement on the potential closure of the Clinton and Quad Cities nuclear plants in Illinois, owned by Exelon Corporation.  Exelon announced that the closures would occur in the absence of passage of adequate legislation in the current spring legislative session and Quad Cities clearing in the 2019-2020 PJM capacity auction. Click here for more information.

Nuclear Matters Presents POLITICO Event on Energy and the Election

Nuclear Matters Presents POLITICO Event on Energy and the Election
Nuclear Matters today sponsored an event hosted by POLITICO in Charleston, South Carolina, featuring a discussion of energy and the election.  The event brought together POLITICO’s South Carolina Caucus members for a deep-dive discussion around the energy policy issues facing the next president.   Click here for more information.

Nuclear Matters Applauds New York’s Plan to Include Nuclear Energy as Part of Clean Energy Standard

Washington, D.C. (Jan. 26, 2016) — Nuclear Matters today issued the following statement on the New York Public Service Commission’s (PSC) decision to move towards the adoption of a Clean Energy Standard (CES) which would include non-emitting generation resources, including existing nuclear energy plants upstate.  The details of the plan were included in a white paper issued yesterday by the PSC, which also states that New York will create a new market mechanism to prevent the premature retirement of upstate nuclear energy plants, specifically by counting nuclear as a source of zero-emission electric generation.   Click here for more information.

Nuclear Matters Statement on Governor Cuomo’s Plans to Develop Market Mechanisms that Support Existing Nuclear Plants in New York

Washington, D.C. (Jan. 15, 2016) — This week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released his 2016 Built to Lead Agenda policy book in conjunction with his State of the State and Executive Budget Address.  In his agenda, Cuomo unveiled the administration’s intent to “develop market mechanisms to provide financial support for safely operating upstate nuclear power plants” (p. 76) to provide a bridge to help New York meet its goal of obtaining 50% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030.  Nuclear Matters today issued the following statement on Cuomo’s plans. Click here for more information.

Nuclear Matters Welcomes NRC’s Renewal of Davis-Besse License

“This is extremely welcome news for Ohio. Davis-Besse, like other existing nuclear plants across the country, provides a steady stream of reliable, carbon-free electricity that is critical to the state’s energy mix.  In fact, Ohio’s nuclear plants, including Davis-Besse, produce 12.1 percent of the state’s electricity, but account for 91 percent of its carbon-free generation.  Especially at a time when we are working towards reducing carbon emissions, keeping our existing nuclear plants – like Davis-Besse – open and operating for the duration of their useful lifespan is a common sense part of the solution, as was noted during a discussion at the Davis-Besse plant this past February. Click here for more information.

Nuclear Matters Welcomes Recognition by Cuomo Administration of Important Role of NY Nuclear Plants

"Given the announcement that the James A. Fitzpatrick plant will close as soon as late 2016, we strongly support the recognition by Governor Cuomo that nuclear energy plants must be a component of the state’s clean energy strategy.  We urge the administration to adopt this measure and include all of the state's nuclear facilities in acknowledgment that in order to reduce carbon emissions, you need an all-of-the-above approach that preserves nuclear in New York State for its significant role in providing carbon-free electricity." Click here for more information.

Nuclear Matters, Regional Leaders Reaffirm Value of Existing Nuclear Energy Plants in the Carolinas

Columbia, S.C. – Nuclear Matters hosted an event at the University of South Carolina highlighting the importance of nuclear energy in the Carolinas. The event included keynote remarks from Nuclear Matters Leadership Council member and former Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham. Click here for more information.

Economic Report Finds that Nuclear Power Plants Contribute Nearly $2.5 billion to New York’s GDP and Avoid 26 Million Tons of Carbon Dioxide Emissions

NEW YORK – New York’s four nuclear energy plants contribute approximately $2.47 billion to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP), in addition to other economic and societal benefits, according to a new study conducted by economists at global consulting firm The Brattle Group.  Click here for more information.

Report by Brattle Economists Quantifies Significant Value of Nuclear Power Plants to Pennsylvania’s Economy and Contribution to Limiting Carbon Emissions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Pennsylvania’s five nuclear energy plants contribute approximately $2.36 billion to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP), in addition to other economic and societal benefits, according to a new study conducted by economists at global consulting firm The Brattle Group.  Click here for more information.

Economic Report Finds Significant Value of Nuclear Power Plants to Michigan’s Economy and Carbon Emissions Limits

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Michigan’s four nuclear energy plants contribute more than a half-billion dollars to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP), in addition to other economic and societal benefits, according to a new study conducted by economists at global consulting firm The Brattle Group. Click here for more information.

Larry Lindsey, Former Assistant to the President and Director of the National Economic Council at the White House, Joins Nuclear Matters

Nuclear Matters today announced that Larry Lindsey, former director of the National Economic Council and the assistant to the president on economic policy for George W. Bush, is joining the Leadership Council of Nuclear Matters. Dr. Lindsey’s support of the preservation of existing nuclear energy plants underscores the significant role that the nuclear fleet plays in promoting and broadening America’s economic well-being. Click here for more information.

Report by Brattle Economists Quantifies Significant Value of Nuclear Plants to U.S. Economy and Contribution to Limiting Carbon Emissions

The United States’ nuclear energy plants contribute $60 billion annually to gross domestic product (GDP), in addition to other economic and societal benefits, according to a new study conducted by economists at The Brattle Group. Click here for more information.

Bloomberg BNA and Nuclear Matters Host Boston Conversation June 24

Bloomberg BNA today announced that it will be hosting A Chain Reaction: The Role of Nuclear Energy in New England’s Energy Mix, a morning conversation highlighting the value of nuclear energy in New England.  The second in a series of nationwide events underwritten by Nuclear Matters, the discussion is taking place Wednesday, June 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Westin Boston Copley Place.  The event will be live-tweeted using the hashtag #NuclearGoingForward and complimentary registration is available here.   Click here for more information.

National Conversation Hosted by Bloomberg BNA and Nuclear Matters Focuses on Future of the Nuclear Energy Industry

Bloomberg BNA today announced that it will be hosting a nationwide series of events underwritten by Nuclear Matters and focused on the future of nuclear energy.  The kickoff event, A Conversation on Nuclear Energy, is being held at Bloomberg New Energy Finance's "Future of Energy Summit" on Tuesday, April 14 in New York Cityfrom 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time at the Grand Hyatt New York.  The event will be live-tweeted using the hashtag #NuclearGoingForward.  Click here for more information.

Diverse Set of Organizations Unite in Support of Existing Nuclear Energy Plants

Nuclear Matters announced today that 15 organizations have joined the campaign as Partners, coalescing in their support for existing nuclear energy plants and the need to ensure they are preserved. The diverse cross-section of voices includes environmental, consumer and academic groups, among others. They will work alongside Nuclear Matters’ Leadership Council to raise awareness around the value of the existing nuclear fleet for their benefits in terms of reliability, carbon-free generation, and economic impact. Click here for more information.

Former U.S. Senator Evan Bayh, Former EPA Administrator Carol M. Browner, and President of North America’s Building Trades Unions Sean McGarvey Highlight Need to Keep Illinois Nuclear Plants Operating

A diverse set of stakeholders convened to support the continued operation of Illinois’ existing nuclear energy plants at an event hosted by the City Club of Chicago today. Several members of Nuclear Matters’ Leadership Council participated in the event, including Nuclear Matters Co-Chair, former Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN), former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Carol M. Browner and President of North America’s Building Trades Unions Sean McGarvey. They were joined by Doug Scott, former chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission, and by moderator Paul Green, director of the Institute for Politics and Arthur Rubloff Professor of Policy Studies at Roosevelt University in Chicago. “Thanks to Illinois’ nuclear facilities, as well as wind and solar, Illinois is number one in carbon-free energy production,” Browner said. “This is a position that stakeholders should not take lightly, and should do everything they can to maintain for the sake of cleaner air. The bottom line is that without the existing nuclear fleet, it would be difficult for Illinois to meet any carbon reduction goals.” Click here for more information.

Nuclear Matters Co-Chair, Former Senator Evan Bayh, Comments on NEI Report on FirstEnergy's Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station

Nuclear Matters Co-Chair, Former Senator Evan Bayh, Comments on NEI Report on FirstEnergy's Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station
Nuclear Matters’ co-chair, former Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN), on a new report from the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI): “Existing nuclear energy plants drive substantial benefits in the 30 states in which they operate across the country. However, the reality is that many of these plants face economic and policy challenges that threaten their continued operation. As the findings from NEI’s report demonstrate, nuclear energy is a critical component of our energy portfolio. Policymakers would do well to take note and work towards finding solutions to preserve this always-on, carbon-free energy source.” Click here for more information.

Nuclear Matters Statement on Closure of Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Facility

Nuclear Matters Statement on Closure of Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Facility
Nuclear Matters co-chair, former Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH), on the closure of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant: “The premature retirement of Vermont Yankee is representative of a problem that the entire country faces.  Too many well-functioning nuclear energy facilities – most of which have decades of useful operating life remaining – are at risk of closure or have announced their early retirement.  These conditions, including those surrounding Vermont Yankee’s, are caused by the unintended consequences of poorly designed market structure and government policies, not by the economic fundamentals of nuclear energy.  This also signifies the importance of fuel diversity for power generation in the United States.  Now is the time for all stakeholders to consider what can be done to prevent additional closures for the sake of electricity consumers, the environment, employees, communities, and the reliability of the electric grid.” Click here for more information.

Nuclear Matters Statement on Closure of Comment Period for EPA’s Proposed 111(d) Rule

NEW YORK (December 1, 2014) – Nuclear Matters co-chair, former Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN), today issued the following statement on the closure of the public comment period around the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed 111(d) rule:  “As the comment period for EPA’s proposed 111(d) rule to reduce carbon emissions comes to a close, it is our hope that nuclear energy... Click here for more information.

Nuclear Matters Co-Chairs, Former Senators Evan Bayh and Judd Gregg, Comment on NEI Report on Illinois Nuclear Fleet

NEW YORK (Oct. 1, 2014) – Nuclear Matters’ co-chairs, former Senators Evan Bayh (D-IN) and Judd Gregg (R-NH), commented on a report issued today by the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), “The Impact of Exelon’s Nuclear Fleet on the Illinois Economy”: Senator Bayh commented: “NEI’s report clearly illustrates the important benefits that America’s existing nuclear facilities, including the ones in Illinois,... Click here for more information.

Copy of Nuclear Matters Statement on Announcement that Exelon will Assume Ownership and Operation of Entergy's James A. Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant

Nuclear Matters issued the following statement on the announcement today that Exelon Generation has agreed to assume ownership and operations of Entergy Corporation's James A. FitzPatrick nuclear power plant in Scriba, New York.  Click here for more information.

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