Shareable Infographics

ANS regularly creates downloadable infographics and images to be shared by email or social media to extoll the value and contributions of nuclear science and technology. They’re ideally suited to help better inform your friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, and government officials on all things nuclear.


Nuclear Powers America: Let's Keep It Running


NEI’S Nuclear by the Numbers report – distilling nuclear power’s contributions

Nuclear Energy Institute has updated their “Nuclear by the Numbers” study to better reflect the contributions of America’s nuclear power plants in delivering cost-efficient clean electricity.

ANS has likewise updated our social media shareables that depict the report’s updated findings. These images are ideal for sharing online via social media or email to friends, family, colleagues, environmentalists, activist groups, government officials, and policymakers.

So – download, post, and link to NEI’s Nuclear by the Numbers report that summarizes the environmental and economic contributions of nuclear energy, including:

  • Nuclear power is America’s largest carbon-free energy source:
    • Nuclear generation supplied 54.8% of America’s carbon-free electricity in 2019
    • Nuclear energy generated 19.7% of America’s electricity in 2019
  • U.S. nuclear power plants avoided 505.8 million metric tons of carbon in 2019:
    • Equivalent of taking nearly 110 million cars off the road
  • Nuclear energy added $60 billion to United States’ GDP in 2019:
    • Nuclear energy supports 475,000 jobs across America
    • Nuclear energy contributes $12.2 billion in federal and state taxes each year
    • Nuclear energy saved U.S. consumers an average of 6% in electricity bills
  • U.S. nuclear power plants set industry-breaking records in 2019:
    • Generated 809.4 billion/kWh of electricity
    • Achieved highest average capacity factor ever at 93.4%
    • Achieved lowest electricity generating costs since 2002 – at $30.41/MWh

Risk-informed and performance-based regulatory reform

A series of images attempt to explain the rationale behind the consensus among nuclear engineers and scientists in favor of risk-informed, performance-based regulation in setting nuclear safety standards. These are just the first batch aimed at explaining a very complex topic.

Considering past performances, likelihood of events, and what is important and essential – and what isn’t – is at the heart of risk-informed, performance-based regulation. Prescriptive standards and regulations codify experience without providing flexibility. Standards and regulations ought to evolve instead with our scientific understanding of the technology and risks.

ANS supports regulatory reform that improves plant performance by leveraging risk-informed and performance-based analysis to focus on the most safety-significant issues while explicitly identifying performance outcomes, setting objective criteria, and measuring performance. Visit http://ans.org/choices to learn more.


Top U.S. power plants by electric generation in 2019 – EIA report:

Nine of the top 10 power plants generating the most electricity in America are nuclear-powered, says a new report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Carbon-free, energy-dense nuclear tops the list but 10 years ago it was a mix of clean nuclear & dirty coal-fired plants. Read ANS Newswire’s article on the report here.


Press Releases on the Newswire

Matthew Marzano named 2022 American Nuclear Society congressional fellow

Marzano

The American Nuclear Society has selected Matthew Marzano to serve as the 2022 Glenn T. Seaborg Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow. Marzano is a senior reactor operator at Exelon Generation’s Braidwood nuclear power plant in Braidwood, Ill.

“Matt is in a unique position to provide significant technical assistance to the U.S. Congress on nuclear energy, particularly now as there are important discussions that will shape the future of U.S. energy policy,” said Harsh S. Desai, chair of the ANS Congressional Fellowship Committee and a former congressional fellow himself.

“Members of Congress and their staff will greatly benefit from Matt’s depth of experience in commercial and defense nuclear power plant operations,” Desai said. “The fellowship will also be an opportunity for Matt to develop his policy expertise and learn ‘how the sausage is made.’”

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Statement from President Steven Nesbit and Executive Director & CEO Craig Piercy, American Nuclear Society

The American Nuclear Society welcomes the introduction of H.R. 4819, or the National Nuclear University Research Infrastructure Reinvestment Act of 2021, which aims to boost the educational and research capabilities of our universities’ nuclear science and engineering programs. Strengthening our universities' nuclear education and research is vital to preserving and expanding America’s largest carbon-free energy source as well as saving and prolonging healthy lives through the use of medical isotopes.

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A Statement from Craig Piercy, CEO and Executive Director of the American Nuclear Society, on FY2022 E&W Appropriations

“On behalf of the 10,000 members of the American Nuclear Society, I thank House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Chairwoman Marcy Kaptur, Ranking Member Mike Simpson, and the full House Appropriations Committee for including increased support for nuclear R&D and education and workforce programs in the Fiscal Year 2022 Energy and Water appropriations bill.

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American Nuclear Society urges Biden to fill NRC seats

The American Nuclear Society (ANS) requests President Biden restore the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to five commissioners by naming and expediting nominees to the agency. The impending vacancy of Commissioner Annie Caputo’s seat after June 30 will reduce the five-member NRC to three commissioners. NRC commissioners are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate for staggered five-year terms.

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