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Reports & Studies

Nuclear Power and the Clean Energy Future

The Horinko Group takes a comprehensive look at the value of the nuclear energy industry from an environmental standpoint to determine contributions of U.S. nuclear plants. Nuclear energy plants in the United States collectively prevent more than 531 million tons of CO2 per year – worth $85 billion by 2020, based on the federal government’s guidelines for the social cost of carbon. Click here for more information.

New York Nuclear Power Plants' Contribution to the State Economy


                              
                                  The Brattle Group
The Brattle Group has determined that nuclear plants operating in New York contribute approximately $2.47 billion to state gross domestic product (GDP) ($3.77 billion in gross output), account for 18,000 in-state full time jobs (direct and secondary), help keep electricity prices low, are responsible for $113 million in net state tax revenues and avoid 26 million tons of CO2 emissions annually. Click here for more information.

Pennsylvania Nuclear Power Plants' Contribution to the State Economy


                              
                                  The Brattle Group
The Brattle Group has determined that nuclear plants operating in Pennsylvania contribute approximately $2.36 billion to state gross domestic product (GDP) ($3.56 billion in gross output), account for 15,600 in-state full time jobs (direct and secondary), help keep electricity prices low, and are responsible for $81 million in net state tax revenues annually. Click here for more information.

Michigan Nuclear Power Plants' Contribution to the State Economy


                              
                                  The Brattle Group
The Brattle Group has determined that nuclear plants operating in Michigan contribute approximately $596 million to state gross domestic product (GDP) ($842 million in gross output), account for 3,200 in-state full time jobs (direct and secondary), help keep electricity prices low, and are responsible for $23 million in net state tax revenues annually. Click here for more information.

When Nuclear Ends: How Nuclear Retirements Might Undermine Clean Power Plan Progress


                              
                                  Third Way
Nuclear power provides electricity for one in five homes in the U.S. But this zero-emissions power source faces extreme economic challenges led by badly designed energy markets that are leading to the premature closure of reactors. Five have already closed, and at least another nine are in danger of being retired soon. This begs a critical question: What will happen to carbon emissions if more reactors shut down? In coordination with MIT-trained researchers*, Third Way modeled that question, and, regardless of the scenario we ran, the answers were dire. Click here for more information.

The Nuclear Industry’s Contribution to the U.S. Economy


                              
                                  The Brattle Group
Nuclear power currently accounts for 19% of U.S. power production, but several factors are at play that may threaten some nuclear generators and could diminish the nuclear industry’s contribution to our electricity supply and the U.S. economy. These factors include limited recognition of carbon as a social cost, as well as market factors such as low natural gas prices, flat electricity demand growth, and transmission constraints. At the request of Nuclear Matters, The Brattle Group has estimated the value of the entire nuclear industry to the U.S. economy, and its contribution to limiting greenhouse gas emissions, to inform the discussion of whether and how these factors should be addressed. Click here for more information.

Maryland Nuclear Power Plant’s Contribution to the State Economy


                              
                                  The Brattle Group
The Brattle Group has determined that Calvert Cliffs, the only nuclear plant in Maryland, contributes approximately $397 million to state gross domestic product (GDP) ($536 million in gross output), accounts for about 2,300 in-state full time jobs (direct and secondary), helps keep electricity prices low, and is responsible for nearly $15 million in net state tax revenues annually. Updated September 2015. Click here for more information.

Ohio Nuclear Power Plants’ Contribution to the State Economy


                              
                                  The Brattle Group
The Brattle Group has determined that the nuclear plants operating in Ohio contribute approximately $521 million to state gross domestic product (GDP) ($786 million in gross output), account for 3,600 in-state full time jobs (direct and secondary), help keep electricity prices low, and are responsible for almost $17 million in net state tax revenues annually. Click here for more information.

FPL’s Nuclear Plants Boost Florida’s Economy $1.4 Billion Each Year


                              
                                  Nuclear Energy Institute
Every year, FPL’s nuclear operations generate a combined $1.2 billion of economic activity in the counties around the Turkey Point and St. Lucie plants and an additional $200 million in economic activity for a statewide impact of $1.4 billion and $2.5 billion of economic activity across the United States.  Click here for more information.

The Impact of Exelon’s Nuclear Fleet on the Illinois Economy


                              
                                  Nuclear Energy Institute
The six nuclear facilities generate about 48 percent of Illinois’ electricity and about 90 percent of the state’s carbon-free electricity. Without the carbon-free electricity produced by these nuclear plants, an additional 80 million metric tons of carbon dioxide would be released annually, the equivalent of the emissions from more than 15 million cars each year. Click here for more information.

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