Updated August 2, 2017
In the 1960s and 70s, the US was the world leader in nuclear technologies.
Half of the US nuclear fleet is now at risk of premature closure by 2030.
Wind and solar receive, respectively, 17 and 140 times more in federal subsidies than nuclear.
Thirty states have mandates to deploy clean energy that exclude nuclear.
- It would take 12 years to replace the 120 billion kilowatt-hours of yearly production from the eleven at-risk nuclear plants with wind and solar, and 81 years to replace the entire reactor fleet.
- Over 150% more nuclear capacity has been cancelled or killed than ultimately built in the United States.
- In July 2017, utilities announced their decision to halt construction of the twin-reactor V.C. Summer project in South Carolina. The two nuclear reactors would generate 18 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity annually, replacing 86 percent of South Carolina’s electricity from coal.
- Dozens of climate scientists and conservationists urged former president Barack Obama to do everything in his power to protect and expand America's largest source of clean energy. They have also written to President Donald Trump and the leaders of large environmental organizations.
Status Report on US Nuclear Plants
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Reasons that US nuclear plants are at risk of early closure
- Vermont Yankee, Vermont
- San Onofre, California
- Kewaunee, Wisconsin
- Crystal River, Florida
- Ft. Calhoun, Nebraska
Premature Closures Announced
- Indian Point, New York
- Pilgrim, Massachusetts
- Oyster Creek, New Jersey
- Diablo Canyon, California
- Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania
- Palisades, Michigan
High Risk of Premature Closure before 2025
- Beaver Valley
- Comanche Peak
- Cook (Donald C. Cook)
- Davis Besse
- Duane Arnold
- Hope Creek
- Peach Bottom
- Point Beach
- Prairie Island
- South Texas Project
- Wolf Creek