GHG Emissions, Regulation, Utilities - August 29, 2022
Nuclear Energy as a Keystone Clean Energy Resource
The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners released a new white paper, Nuclear Energy as a Keystone Clean Energy Resource, that explores nuclear energy’s role in providing carbon-free electricity and highlights key considerations for regulators to keep in mind as decarbonization efforts continue across many states and utilities.
The paper includes a discussion of the reliability and cost attributes of nuclear energy. EVA finds that retaining and expanding the nuclear energy resource base will be of critical importance to achieve ambitious state and national decarbonization goals. However, barriers to a faster and more significant deployment of new nuclear energy resources persist, and many existing nuclear plants face economic pressure and competition from other resources. Reducing or removing these hurdles is within the purview of many stakeholders on the federal, state and local levels, including state public utility commissions.
Download this report for a review of the state of the nuclear industry, the impacts of planned retirements, and opportunities for decision makers to support future nuclear expansion efforts aligned with the public interest: