While there’s still a lot of work to be done, bipartisan support for nuclear continues to grow and there are more advanced nuclear companies actively engaging the NRC than ever before. The future for advanced nuclear is bright, as long as we don’t stand in the way.
Nuclear power is the largest source of clean energy in the United States. In 2018, nuclear plants generated 19% of all the electricity in America. That makes nuclear energy the largest source of low-carbon electricity. Despite its benefits, some extreme environmental groups and their allies have consistently undermined its growth. American nuclear power production has…
Nuclear energy development peaked in the 1970s and 1980s, and most of our current reactors began in those two decades. Increased regulation and opposition from environmental groups and their allies have contributed to the slowdown in nuclear energy growth. Nuclear development in the U.S. has virtually flat-lined for the past three decades and continues to face huge challenges.
President Trump’s move to fill a needed quorum at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission couldn’t come at a more crucial time. Why does this matter so much? Well, it’s complicated. We explain – in just over three minutes no less – in the first in our series of digital whiteboard videos.
It’s not easy to tell a complicated story in 30 seconds, which is what policy debates seem to be timed these days. However, nuclear’s history tells a lengthy story, and a fascinating one at that. And it’s not a history solely about nuclear. It’s about American industry.
The nuclear energy industry complicated and interconnected, which makes it’s survival needs similar to this snake. All the pieces must survive. Together the whole can truly live and thrive. Which is why nuclear is at a crossroads, a crisis point, where the industry must innovate or die. As a regulated industry, nuclear innovation depends on policy. And to get policy, we need to tell our story.