Future of Nuclear Power, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate, September 14, 2016   [open pdf - 574KB]

This is the September 14, 2016 hearing titled "Future of Nuclear Power" before the Senate Committee on Appropriations. From the opening statement of Lamar Alexander: "Today, we'll discuss the importance of nuclear power, the biggest challenges facing it, the status of the Department of Energy's nuclear research and development--and we certainly welcome Secretary Moniz here to help us do that--and things Congress can do to support nuclear power. [...] By 2038--that's 20 years from now--48 reactors will be 60 years old, representing 40 percent of the nuclear generating capacity in the United States. The U.S. could lose half of our reactors if existing licenses can't be extended from 60 to 80 years when those reactors close. There are nine reactors, three in the Northeast at seven sites, which are scheduled to shut down by 2025. The Energy Information Administration estimates that shutting down these nine reactors will result in a 2-percent increase in total carbon emissions from the U.S. electricity sector. There are four new reactors being built, all in the Southeast. [...] In a time when 20 of the world's leading science academies and many Americans say climate change is a threat and that humans are a significant cause of that threat, nuclear power produces about 60 percent of our country's carbon-free electricity. Power plants produce about 40 percent of the carbon produced in our country." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Ernest J. Moniz, Judd Gregg, Jay Faison, John Deutch, Alan S. Icenhour, and Matthew McKinzie.

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