ANS Toolkit Provides Options While CPP On Hold
With the Clean Power Plan (CPP) indefinitely on hold and no comprehensive federal polices in place on energy production, the states are forced to create individual energy strategies and to commit on their own to producing an increasing amount of power while reducing carbon emissions.
The American Nuclear Society recognized the significant scope of state energy planning, and accordingly assembled the Special Committee on Nuclear in the States. The committee developed the Nuclear in the States Toolkit last year in which policymakers can find a comprehensive catalog of available policy options to help avoid premature reactor shut downs.
The ANS Toolkit was distributed and is available to state administrations and policymakers to illuminate all potential policy options. Since then, both New York and Illinois have created solutions that are unique to their state's energy situation and will retain their state's nuclear facilities to continue the reduction of greenhouse gases from energy production.
This week, Exelon announced it will be adding 100 full-time positions to the Clinton and Quad Cities nuclear plants, and possibly an additional 300 to 400 people to work on capital projects for a year. The Clinton and Quad City facilities employ over 1,500 people, stimulate $1.2 billion in economic activity, and prevent the emission of more than 20 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually.
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) issued their report, State Options to Keep Nuclear in the Energy Mix, which outlines the cause of plant closures, state case studies and policy options the states can use to retain and grow nuclear.