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Advancements in Civil Engineering & Technology

The Current State of Nuclear Electrical Power in the United States

Submission: February 23, 2019;;Published: February 27, 2019

DOI: 10.31031/ACET.2019.03.000553

ISSN : 2639-0574
Volume3 Issue1


Although nuclear energy currently provides about 20% of U.S. electric power and over half of the nation’s carbon free electricity, the ability of U.S. nuclear power plants to meet increasing demands for electricity and sustain the U.S. life style or even maintain the present one-fifth of US electrical demand is problematic and doubtful. A Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) report finds that over one-third of the current fleet of 98 licensed nuclear power plants in the United States (65 PWRs and 33 BWRs) will or could be closed within the next decade. Sixty-six of these plants will not be profitable for continued operation by their plant owners. These closures may occur even before expiration of the plants U.S. Government issued NRC License.

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