Expectations of a nuclear energy renaissance are particularly high in the United States, which hasn’t had a new reactor order in 30 years. Government programs to jump start new reactor construction have contributed to the optimism, but these are not likely enough to spark more than a handful of reactors by 2015. Aggressive government support would be needed, including subsidies, a carbon pricing mechanism, and an acceptable waste management solution. This paper discusses the history, current status and prospects for US nuclear power under the Obama administration.
The US Nuclear Industry: Current Status and Prospects under the Obama Administration
Nuclear Energy Futures Paper #7
Series: Nuclear Energy Futures