The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) offered comments earlier this month on DOE’s Quadrennial Energy Review. NEI argues that preserving and expanding nuclear energy infrastructure is key to both an “all of the above” energy policy and CO2 emission reduction efforts. NEI identifies priority areas as:
- Preserving existing nuclear capacity;
- Continuing construction of large Generation III+ light water reactors;
- Working on small modular reactor deployment; and
- Financing development, demonstration, and deployment of advanced nuclear technologies.
NEI lists a number of ideas for preserving nuclear generation in current market conditions, including the adoption of mass-based compliance plans under the CPP. Additionally, NEI notes that a predictable regulatory framework could aid existing plants in seeking further license renewals.