US NUCLEAR ENERGY ON THE WAY OUT

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4 august 2017


The Energy 202: The United States is running out of nuclear options


By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, August 4

When planning began on two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle in eastern Georgia a decade ago, Southern Company's Georgia Power thought the project would be one of several to come online in a wave of new nuclear power plants opening in the United States.

But as of this week, the two still-to-be-built reactors in Georgia are alone among new nuclear projects under construction in the United States.

On Monday, a pair of utilities, private SCANA and state-owned Santee Cooper, canceled construction on a pair of nuclear reactors in South Carolina after years of mounting building costs, stagnant electricity demand and competition from natural gas and renewables.

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