The American Nuclear Society recommended that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) consider recognizing the reliability and resiliency benefits that carbon-free nuclear electricity generation provides to the bulk power system. ANS President Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar and Executive Director/CEO Craig Piercy submitted these comments in a letter during a FERC meeting on Thursday morning.
Details: The letter comes at a time when Texas is suffering from massive blackouts due to extreme winter weather that knocked its power grid off-line. Without mentioning that situation, the ANS leaders reminded the commissioners that nuclear energy operates around the clock and has the highest capacity factor of any other energy source in the United States.
They said it: “Throughout the U.S., especially in the northeast, extreme cold weather can lead to blackouts when too much natural gas is diverted away from supplying power plants to heating homes,” Dunzik-Gougar and Piercy wrote. “In such situations, nuclear generation helps to stave off more power outages from occurring by relieving some of this wintertime demand for natural gas.”