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Exploring the Role of Advanced Nuclear in Future Energy Markets:
Economic Drivers, Barriers, and Impacts in the United States
March 8, 2018

This analysis investigates the conditions under which nuclear power could play a role in future markets. This study uses EPRI’s U.S. Regional Economy, Greenhouse Gas, and Energy (US-REGEN) energy-economic model to explore tradeoffs across assumptions about technologies, markets, and policies. 
Model results suggest that advanced nuclear could be economically competitive across a range of scenarios and that several key drivers may influence deployment.

  Exploring the Role of Advanced Nuclear in Future Energy Markets

​SMR Start Economic Analysis

September 14, 2017

This report evaluates the market opportunities, commercialization timeframe, and cost competitiveness of light water small modular reactors (SMRs) in the U.S. The analysis concludes that SMRs are commercially viable and needed in the marketplace by the mid-2020s.

  The Economics of Small Modular Reactors
 SMR Start


Energy Systems, Strategies, Assessments, and Integration (ESSAI)

Economic and Market Challenges Facing the U.S. Nuclear Commercial Fleet - Cost and Revenue Study

September 2017

This report builds upon an earlier Energy Systems, Strategies, Assessments, and Integration (ESSAI) report titled "The Economic and Market Challenges Facing the U.S. Nuclear Commercial Fleet", issued September 2016, Energy Systems Strategic Assessment Institute, Idaho National Laboratory (INL) (https://gain.inl.gov/Shared%20Documents/EconomicsNuclear-Fleet.pdf).


Economic and Market Challenges facing the U.S. Nuclear Commercial Fleet-ESSAI Cost and Revenue Study Sept 2017


September 2016

Growing attention is being directed toward 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-ESSAI

Economic and Market Challenges Facing the U.S. Nuclear Commercial Fleet-ESSAI