31 Oct '16, 7pm

US Nuclear Retirements Largely Replaced by Fossil Fuels

US Nuclear Retirements Largely Replaced by Fossil Fuels

Last week, the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant in Nebraska became the fifth nuclear power station to shut down in the last five years. Fort Calhoun was the smallest nuclear plant in the U.S., with less than 500 megawatts. The generation from Fort Calhoun will likely be replaced by wind and natural gas, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration . However, Nebraska is a coal-heavy state, and like some other states with recently shuttered nuclear plants, coal could also fill some of the energy void. Low-cost renewables and natural gas are putting some nuclear plants out of business, but it is the latter that is most often replacing the offline nuclear capacity. Wind, solar and energy efficiency do play a role in making up for the lost nuclear power generation, but EIA data shows it is natural gas, and in some cases coal, that is largely making up the ...

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