The Navy has been an important actor and partner in the development of nuclear energy in the United States. For many commercial reactors as thre are on land, nearly 100, there are just as many in our submarines and aircraft carriers; nuclear-powered ships enabling us to project power far from our shores. This capability is tied to the fate of the commercial nuclear sector—its nuclear fuel cycle, vendor base, innovation, and engineering talent. In addition to the Navy, the nuclear energy industry is directly connected to the U.S.’ ability to set non-proliferation objectives and exert geopolitical influence, particularly in strategic locations around the world. To discuss the historical context of this connection, the current state of affairs, and U.S. government action moving forward to mitigate the impacts of a declining nuclear power industry on the Navy and national security, CSIS is partnering with the Naval Historical Foundation to host this symposium.
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Following a flurry of closure announcements, the nuclear decommissioning market is being shaped by new business models and joint ventures. We illustrate the growing activity in this sector through a series of infographics. The U.S. nuclear decommissioning market is set to grow rapidly in the coming years as operators accelerate closure plans in the face of wholesale price pressures. Exelon’s Oyster creek plant retired last month, the first of 13 reactors set to close by 2025. A handful of plants have been supported by support mechanisms introduced in the states of Illinois, New York, and New Jersey, but absent of new support measures further closures could be on the way.
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