Lawmakers push to save nuclear power
- Jan 14, 2019 5:44 pm GMT
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Elected officials say they want to make sure those jobs are secure.
A report released late last year by the
"A severe drop in gas prices has created a perfect storm in the nuclear industry," said state Sen.
Nuclear power is an important part of the state's energy-supply industry, thanks to an increasing focus on carbon-free energy sources, Yudichak said.
One option state lawmakers need to consider is a carbon emissions tax, which would benefit nuclear energy suppliers, he said.
"Just think about grid reliability," Jones said. "Nuclear power is ... 100 percent of the time. It makes the grid extremely stable."
Current conditions in the energy market, especially the drop in natural gas prices, make it difficult for nuclear power producers to compete, Jones said. The announcement that Three Mile island -- the nuclear plant near
Jones said he has seen the adverse impact the closure of a nuclear plant can have on a community as well as plant employees.
Jones worked at a nuclear plant in
Protecting the jobs of
"My primary concern is the jobs of our nuclear employees and that we prevent any surprise closures," Toohil wrote in an email. "Nuclear plants have a lifespan and we do not want any more unexpected and premature closures in
Not everyone agrees that lawmakers should help the nuclear industry through measures such as a carbon tax, especially if that is at the expense of other alternative forms of energy.
Those concerns are unfounded, Yudichak said.
As long as all players in the energy-production market are on a level playing field, consumers will only benefit, he said.
"We've had the Marcellus boom," Yudichak said. "By all accounts we have a 100-year supply of gas. As we transition from fossil fuels, nuclear needs to be in the mix."
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