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35 percent of US nuclear plants face early retirement

from Utility DIVE

Nuclear plant closures have made headlines this year, as states have struggled to develop policies that can ensure them an adequate rate of return. While this has been closely watched by climate hawks, a report from the Union of Concerned Scientists brings the issue into sharp relief. There are 17 states with uneconomic plants, or reactors already scheduled to close, largely in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Cumulatively, those plants represent 13-26 percent of the country's nuclear capacity, according to the report. The Nuclear Energy Institute hailed the analysis, which it said adds to "increasing momentum" for finding ways to recognize nuclear energy's importance to the clean energy mix. more

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