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The 671 MW Monticello Nuclear Generating Station is located along the Mississippi River 40 miles northwest of the Twin Cities and provides about 10 percent of Xcel’s electricity in the Upper Midwest. Photo: Source: Nuclear Regulatory Commission/Flickr

Carbon Pricing is Key to Economic Viability of Xcel’s Nuclear Power Plants in Minnesota

, director of energy research, Clean Energy

A new UCS report released today found that more than one-third of U.S. nuclear plants–representing 22 percent of total US nuclear capacity–are uneconomic or slated to retire over the next decade under current market conditions. The UCS study, The Nuclear Power Dilemma, shows that the economic viability of the nation’s nuclear plants is threatened by low natural gas prices, the declining cost of renewable energy, investments in energy efficiency, and the costs of upgrading aging plants to ensure safe operation.

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Photo: Source: Nuclear Regulatory Commission/Flickr
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Nuclear power carries unique costs and benefits as an energy source.

Why We’re Taking a Hard Look at Nuclear Power Plant Closures

, president

Nuclear power plants are controversial, for legitimate reasons. But we need to make hard choices. Read more >

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Photo: Montgomery County Planning Commission

What the New UCS Report on Nuclear Plants Means for Illinois

, lead Midwest energy analyst

Today UCS released a new report entitled The Nuclear Power Dilemma that examines the economic viability and performance of most of the 60 nuclear power plants operating in the United States as of July 2018. The report also analyzes what electric generating resources are likely to replace these nuclear plants if some of them were to abruptly retire from service. So what did the report find and what does it mean for a state with so much nuclear power like Illinois? Read more >

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Donald Trump’s State of the Union: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

, director of strategy & policy

In his State of the Union address to Congress, President Trump exaggerated the benefits of the Republican tax cut bill to average Americans, overlooked the harm that will result from his push to weaken public health and worker safety protections, and disregarded the serious concerns expressed about key elements of his forthcoming infrastructure proposal. Read more >

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7 Things We Expect to See in Rick Perry’s Unnecessary and Biased Grid Study

, director of energy research, Clean Energy

Do you think we’re going to learn anything new in 60 days that these experts and real-world experience haven’t already answered over the past decade? Read more >

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