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United States might revive some shut nuclear plants to assist fulfill emissions objective, energy chief states

The United States might restore a few of its just recently retired nuclear reactor to assist satisfy rising demand for zeroemissions electrical energy, or include reactors to existing sites, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm stated in an interview.

The administration of President Joe Biden thinks nuclear power is critical to meeting greenhouse gas reduction goals and decarbonizing the economy by 2050 to combat environment modification, however the industry has been prevented by the high expense of new building.

I do believe they can come back, Granholm said about some shut nuclear plants, in an interview late on Tuesday.

The Department of Energy's Loan Programs Workplace (LPO) in March provided a $1.52 billion conditional loan to Holtec International to reopen the shut Palisades reactor in Michigan, which could end up being the very first nuclear plant in the country to restart after being shuttered. The plant, which closed in 2022, now needs approval from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which manages nuclear safety.

Granholm stated she would be shocked if the LPO wasn't. talking to operators of other shuttered plants around the. country about resuming as well. She did not call any, and stated. she is not associated with LPO's talks.

The LPO does not expose the status of loan applications.

About a lots U.S. reactors have closed since 2013, due to. competitors from gas fired power and increases in safety. costs. Some of those are too far into decommissioning to. restart.

Granholm said U.S. atomic energy capability could likewise be. broadened in an affordable method by developing new reactors at. existing websites. She stated about 30 power plant websites throughout the. U.S. have been certified or permitted for the construction of. more reactors.

So you don't need to go through the whole rigamarole again,. you can simply use the existing footprint to be able to increase. generation capacity, she stated.

Joseph Dominguez, CEO of Constellation Energy, the. U.S. company with the most nuclear power generation, stated in an. revenues call last month that restarting its Three Mile Island. Unit 1 reactor in Pennsylvania would be among a variety of. chances the business would think of after Palisades got. its LPO loan.

The system, which is different from a reactor at 3 Mile. Island that in 1979 went into a partial nuclear crisis, closed. in late 2019.

Constellation did not instantly react to an ask for. remark.

Nuclear power critics state it's too pricey and too slow to. develop brand-new reactors, compared to wind and solar farms paired with. battery storage, and note that it generates long lasting. radioactive waste.

2 new reactors at the Vogtle plant in Georgia that opened. in 2023 and 2024 were years behind schedule and billions of. dollars over spending plan, with customers bearing some of the expenses.

No U.S. reactors are now under construction.

Granholm mentioned that the second brand-new Vogtle reactor was. 30% more affordable than the first since of lessons discovered.

She also said that some heavy users of electrical power could be. happy to pay a green premium for nuclear power due to the fact that. reactors produce practically emissions-free electricity, and they. are thought about a source of reputable power.