Recently U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz cited 8 critical concerns of U.S. nuclear power that need to be addressed within the next 5 years. Moniz spoke at a 6-hour event at the Center for Strategic and International Studies titled “Nuclear Energy at a Crossroads”. Moniz stressed that nuclear power’s future would be in jeopardy if these issues are not addresses now, and explained why nuclear power should be a pillar of the nation’s energy future.
- The fate of the existing U.S. nuclear fleet could have implications for carbon emissions.
- New reactors will come online over the next five years, but only in the Southeast.
- The U.S. nuclear fleet is aging.
- The need for a reliable, resilient, decarbonized electricity system is clear, but what it would look like is extremely unclear.
- Spent fuel management needs to get moving.
- A gap in the nuclear-fuel cycle and the proliferation arena.
- Assessing a future for small modular reactors (SMRs).
- Advanced nuclear technology needs a vast funding boost.