Cost-Efficient Greenhouse Gas Reductions: Nuclear is No Silver Bullet

Attributed Authors: Doug Koplow Published: Feb 2016
 

Although nuclear power is a source of low carbon electricity, it is by no means a clear solution to the challenge we face in reducting greenhouse gas emissions.  This presentation discusses common metrics to assess the most cost-efficient source of ghg emissions and reviews multiple studies indicating that new reactors are an expensive option relative to alternatives, and getting more so each year.  Cost escalation, lengthening delivery times on reactor projects, and oft-ignored concerns about proliferation create significant headwinds for the nuclear pathway.  In contrast, competitors continue to make substantial progress in bringing costs down.

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