Energy Secretary Considers Reviving Retired Nuclear Power Plants

A dozen U.S. reactors closed within the last 10 years could be reopened.

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said that President Biden’s administration is considering recommissioning nuclear power plants that were shut down within the last 10 years. President Biden is continuing to promote a fully decarbonized energy economy by 2050, and administration officials believe that nuclear power is an essential component for achieving that goal. Secretary Granholm said that retrofitting and expanding existing nuclear power plants is much more affordable than constructing new facilities. 

The energy secretary said that about a dozen nuclear power plants have been decommissioned in the last 10 years and that 30 currently operating power plants already have the licenses and permits necessary to construct more reactors on their sites.

Secretary Granholm stated, “You don’t have to go through the whole rigamarole again, you can just use the existing footprint to be able to increase generation capacity.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For discernment for Secretary Granholm as she pursues the expansion of nuclear energy production.
  • For U.S. energy officials and advisors to be led by the Lord in their evaluations of the nation’s power needs and solutions.

Sources: Reuters, USA Today


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