Why Manufacturers Support the Dept. of Energy’s New Program to Expand U.S. Nuclear Energy

By January 8, 2019General

Clean electricity from responsible nuclear power is a safe and vital source of cost-effective, base-load electricity that manufacturers rely on to remain competitive in a global market. That’s why the NAM supports the continued development and operation of safe nuclear energy consistent with the protection of public health and safety.

This is also why manufacturers applaud the Department of Energy’s announcement this week to pursue a three-year, $115M program to demonstrate high assay low enriched uranium (HALEU) production capability as early as 2020. The smart strategy being pursued for this project—which will take advantage of existing equipment and a safe facility with a current Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) license—will help ensure the project takes the most cost-effective approach and makes possible an expedited timeline to meet expected demand.

Our nuclear energy—the largest source of non-emitting energy in the United States—helps ensure reliable and affordable electricity as part of a diversity of fuel sources. As the demand for electricity in the U.S. continues to grow, the NAM supports the construction of safe nuclear power plants to maintain a diverse portfolio of generating resources. The NAM also supports advanced nuclear technology for use in manufacturing as a source of carbon-free process heat.

Manufacturers have always been creators, innovators, and leaders driving bold solutions. Facing an uncertain path toward climate solutions, responsible nuclear energy is a critical element of any real-world climate conversation. In supporting the continued use and development of clean nuclear energy in the United States, the NAM supports the construction and operation of facilities covering all parts of the fuel cycle and safe nuclear energy generation, including power plants, fuel enrichment facilities, fuel fabrication plants, low-level and high-level waste handling and disposal operations, and other related facilities critical to supporting and expanding the nuclear energy industry.

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