- While the Biden administration has indicated support for nuclear energy and advanced reactors, state policies valuing the resource continue to be necessary to keep existing plants on the grid, the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) said in its annual State of Nuclear Energy address on Tuesday.
- The nuclear industry group applauded the introduction of the CLEAN Future Act and other federal legislative measures that aim to support nuclear buildout, while emphasizing the need for states like Illinois to maintain an economic pathway for existing nuclear infrastructure. “We need complementary policies, to make sure the plants that we have stay online,” Maria Korsnick, NEI CEO, said during the program, referencing the American Nuclear Infrastructure Act of 2020 that was advanced by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in December.
- Korsnick touted relicensing existing nuclear plants as the most economic way to have clean energy on the grid. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved four units for relicensing in 2020, and will be reviewing six units for relicensing this year.