Researchers Evaluate Studies Supporting State Subsidies for Nuclear Plants

Penn State researchers offer a critical assessment from the perspective of economic theory and engineering fundamentals from previous assessments in considering the future of nuclear generation plants.
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Updated: November 29, 2018

Researchers Evaluate Studies Supporting State Subsidies for Nuclear Plants

Source: US DOE, http://crd.lbl.gov

Lower natural gas prices over the past few years have played a role in the profitability of nuclear power plants for electricity generation. Discussion on retiring or subsidizing these plants in states with competitive electricity markets have been in the news.

A report published by Penn State authors Seth Blumsack, Chiara Lo Prete and Mort Webster, with the Earth and Mineral Engineering Sciences department, and Uday Shanbhag with the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, examine studies to determine the value of subsidy programs. Read the complete news item on this research at Penn State News or the study, “Analysis of State Policy Interactions with Electricity Markets in the Context of Uneconomic Existing Resources: A Critical Assessment of the Literature”.