The reliability of the electric grid depends on nuclear energy. Since one-fifth of our nation’s power is generated using nuclear energy, the loss of nuclear energy plants would have a major impact on electricity prices, grid reliability and access to dependable energy. Nuclear energy is the most efficient and reliable source of large-scale, around-the-clock electricity, meaning it is available on the grid at all times.
Nuclear energy plants maintain an average reliability of 92 percent. No other electricity source can match this level of reliability, which brings tremendous benefits to American consumers and businesses.
Nuclear power plants are the country’s most prolific producers of clean energy. They produce virtually no carbon dioxide or air pollution. The closings of just a handful of nuclear energy plants would have a devastating environmental impact on our country and make it nearly impossible for us to meet our clean energy or carbon reduction goals.
In 2014, nuclear plants accounted for 62.9 percent of America’s total clean energy — more than all other clean-energy sources combined. What these plants do not produce is vital to America’s environmental future.
Nuclear energy plants provide hundreds of thousands of Americans with prosperous employment and contribute substantially to the local economies in communities where they operate. These plants generate millions of dollars in economic activity and provide consumers and businesses with reliable electricity at low cost. Each of the nation’s nuclear plants employ between 500 and 700 workers at wages that are an average of 36% higher than the prevailing local wage rate.