Growing attention is being directed towards nuclear power plant economics, with the distinct likelihood of shuttering currently operating plants in the not-to-distant future. The Department of Energy is leading efforts to characterize and understand the causes of the economic challenges, and devise real-world solutions assuring clean and reliable energy from nuclear power is available for the American public. Two recent reports (linked below) prepared for the Department highlight and address these challenges. The first report, Summit on Improving the Economics of America's Nuclear Power Plants, represents a summary of the engaging dialog occurring at the May 19, 2016 Summit on Improving the Economics of America’s Nuclear Power Plants. A second report, Economic and Market Challenges Facing the U.S. Nuclear Commercial Fleet, released in September 2016 provides detailed analyses quantifying the gap between revenue from electricity production and the costs of operating and maintaining nuclear power plants. These reports may be useful to those interested in working to retain the clean energy source of nuclear power.
Summit on Improving the Economics of America's Nuclear Power Plants
Economic and Market Challenges Facing the U.S. Nuclear Commerical Fleet
The interim MSR Technology Information List provides access to the first set of cataloged MSR documents available on OSTI. By downloading the Excel spreadsheet, you will have access to individual links to each legacy file. The file will be updated periodically as we work through the continuing catalog process with OSTI. Please direct questions through gain.inl.gov.
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released the first volume of a two volume report entitled, “Exploring Regional Opportunities in the U.S. for Clean Energy Technology Innovation.” The report can be found on DOE’s website at: www.energy.gov/mission-innovation/university-forums. It is also linked below.
Exploring Regional Opportunities in the U.S. for Clean Energy 2016_0.pdf