State regulators and legislators have begun to examine options for existing nuclear power plants within their respective jurisdictions, and may pursue policies that focus on either the continued operation or closure of such plants. This report will help state regulators and legislators understand how the states have made decisions to retain nuclear power plants. The report examines case studies in which states have addressed the future of their nuclear power plants.
This study serves as a primer on the development of nuclear power in the United States, identifying current issues facing the industry, and providing an overview of future nuclear technology. This assessment of the nuclear power industry combines the findings of a Locational Study for new and existing nuclear power plants with a white paper analyzing state level policies that encourage or discourage the continued development of nuclear power.