Open Access Opinion

The Current State of Nuclear Electrical Power in the United States

Gary Sandquist*

University of Utah, USA

Corresponding Author

Received Date: March 06, 2019;  Published Date: March 13, 2019


Although nuclear energy currently provides about 20% of U.S. electric power and over half of the nation’s carbon free electricity, the ability of U.S. nuclear power plants to meet increasing demands for electricity and sustain the U.S. life style or even maintain the present one-fifth of US electrical demands is problematic and doubtful. A Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) report finds that over one-third of the current fleet of 98 licensed nuclear power plants in the United States (65 PWRs and 33 BWRs) will or could be closed within the next decade.

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