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

American Nuclear Society files FERC comments on Diablo Canyon’s early closure

La Grange Park, IL – The American Nuclear Society (ANS) has submitted comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in favor of reconsidering the shortsighted decision to shutter prematurely California’s largest clean energy resource, Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant.

ANS filed the comments on Nov. 12 in favor of an Oct. 26 complaint by Californians for Green Nuclear Power against the regulatory approvals of the 2016 decision by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to permanently shutter Diablo Canyon Units 1 and 2 in November 2024 and August 2025, respectively. The complaint (Docket No. EL21-13-000) asked FERC to investigate whether the decision shuttering Diablo Canyon violates grid reliability standards. ANS agrees with the complaint that FERC ought to consider fully the negative consequences and reliability risks posed by a premature retirement of Diablo Canyon.

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Statement from ANS Executive Director/CEO Craig Piercy on DOE award for UAMPS' Carbon Free Power Project

As the voice of American nuclear professionals, ANS applauds the Department of Energy's decision to award UAMPS' Carbon Free Power Project $1.355 billion in cost-sharing funding. The award will accelerate the deployment of NuScale's small modular reactors in supplying carbon-free power and ensuring the reliability of power grids with growing amounts of intermittent renewable electricity.

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