Chris Barnard writes about the need to modernize regulations for nuclear energy in The Messenger.
- Vogtle 3 in Georgia became the first newly built nuclear reactor to provide power to the grid in nearly 30 years and was seven years and $15 billion over budget.
- While some delays can be associated with poor project management, outdated government regulations and unclear licensing pathways are a primary driver of nuclear energy’s high costs.
- Realizing that nuclear energy is safe, reliable, and essential to powering a low-carbon future, lawmakers must modernize regulations and lower barriers to bring more nuclear energy online.
“As we continue to figure out how we will provide affordable, reliable and clean power to all Americans, we need to understand that there will be learning curves. Instead of giving up on nuclear energy, we must identify the ways that we are standing in the way of our own clean energy future. With Vogtle 3 is finally online, we’ve brought American nuclear energy into the 21st century.”
Read the full article here.