GEC Report Finds 80 Coal Plant Sites Suited for Repowering with Nuclear
Some U.S. environmental justice communities have historically benefited from jobs in mining coal and running coal plants. But as these plants close, the communities are getting left behind and continue to experience legacy effects of air, land, and water pollution. Policymakers, nuclear developers, and coal plant owners need to ramp up their engagement to help these communities prosper in a rapidly transitioning energy system. Small modular reactors (SMRs) are one option for providing cleaner energy and comparable jobs to communities around the country.
With data from our friends at the University of MIchigan’s Fastest Path to Zero initiative, we analyzed the 300-odd U.S. coal plants where units have retired since 2010 or will retire by 2045. When we removed sites with environmental hazards, state nuclear restrictions, and generation of either too much or too little power, we found as many as 80 sites that make the most sense to explore repowering with advanced nuclear energy.
Check out the full report to see how many of these sites are in your state, and let us know what you think!