Assessing the Impact of Nuclear Retirements on the U.S. Power Sector

James Richards, Wesley Cole

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This work utilizes the Regional Energy Deployment System (ReEDS) model to analyze the impacts of four nuclear retirement scenarios of the U.S. electricity sector, from nuclear plant lifetimes of 50 to 80 years. The analysis finds that longer nuclear lifetimes decrease the amount of renewable and natural gas capacity. Longer nuclear lifetimes also resulted in lower cumulative and annual carbon emissions, lower transmission builds, and higher energy curtailment and water usage.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)14-21
Number of pages8
JournalElectricity Journal
Issue number9
StatePublished - Nov 2017

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 Elsevier Inc.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-6A20-68926


  • Capacity
  • Emissions
  • Expansion
  • Nuclear power
  • Retirements


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