Nuclear power is an indispensable component of America’s energy portfolio and is likely to become even more important as policymakers create strategies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector.
Both energy security and long-term stability in electricity prices depend upon diversity of supply. Unfortunately, America’s nuclear power plants are aging and will be unable to maintain their role indefinitely without new investment. Public policies to extend the lives of many existing reactors while accelerating the transition to advanced nuclear technologies are critical to our energy future.
EIRP’s Nuclear Program conducts rigorous research and policy-oriented programming in Washington, DC. Recent research projects are a cost assessment of advanced nuclear power plants, produced with the Energy Options Network, and an ongoing study in collaboration with MIT’s Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change to model nuclear energy’s role in efforts to pursue deep decarbonization. EIRP policy events have included a debate on the future of nuclear energy and a panel examining how advanced nuclear technologies can contribute to nuclear non-proliferation objectives. We have also convened industry stakeholders to discuss challenges and opportunities for nuclear energy.