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Should Troubled Nuclear Reactors Be Subsidized?

By Peter Bradford, Adjunct Professor at Vermont Law School. Published by GovTech Gov Tech

A former state regulator and member of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission argues that subsidizing reactors to keep them running is unnecessary and will be bad for consumers and the environment.

In California and in Nebraska, utilities plan to replace nuclear plants that are closing early for economic reasons almost entirely with electricity from carbon-free sources. Such transitions are achievable in most systems as long as the shutdowns are planned in advance to be carbon-free. In California these replacement resources, which include renewables, storage, transmission enhancements and energy efficiency measures, will for the most part be procured through competitive processes. Indeed, any state where a utility threatens to close a plant can run an auction to ascertain whether there are sufficient low-carbon resources available to replace the unit within a particular time frame. Read more.

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ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
What’s the future of nuclear in the Midwest? A state-by-state look, Midwest Energy News