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Title: Assessing the impact of nuclear retirements on the U.S. power sector

Abstract

This work utilizes the Regional Energy Deployment System (ReEDS) model to analyze the impacts of four nuclear retirement scenarios of the U.S. electricity sector, from nuclear plant lifetimes of 50 to 80 years. The analysis finds that longer nuclear lifetimes decrease the amount of renewable and natural gas capacity. Longer nuclear lifetimes also resulted in lower cumulative and annual carbon emissions, lower transmission builds, and higher energy curtailment and water usage.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Office of Strategic Programs
OSTI Identifier:
1413184
Report Number(s):
NREL/JA-6A20-68926
Journal ID: ISSN 1040-6190
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Electricity Journal
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 30; Journal Issue: 9; Journal ID: ISSN 1040-6190
Publisher:
Elsevier
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY, AND ECONOMY; nuclear power; retirements; emissions; capacity; expansion

Citation Formats

Richards, James, and Cole, Wesley J. Assessing the impact of nuclear retirements on the U.S. power sector. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1016/j.tej.2017.10.007.
Richards, James, & Cole, Wesley J. Assessing the impact of nuclear retirements on the U.S. power sector. United States. doi:10.1016/j.tej.2017.10.007.
Richards, James, and Cole, Wesley J. Wed . "Assessing the impact of nuclear retirements on the U.S. power sector". United States. doi:10.1016/j.tej.2017.10.007.
@article{osti_1413184,
title = {Assessing the impact of nuclear retirements on the U.S. power sector},
author = {Richards, James and Cole, Wesley J.},
abstractNote = {This work utilizes the Regional Energy Deployment System (ReEDS) model to analyze the impacts of four nuclear retirement scenarios of the U.S. electricity sector, from nuclear plant lifetimes of 50 to 80 years. The analysis finds that longer nuclear lifetimes decrease the amount of renewable and natural gas capacity. Longer nuclear lifetimes also resulted in lower cumulative and annual carbon emissions, lower transmission builds, and higher energy curtailment and water usage.},
doi = {10.1016/j.tej.2017.10.007},
journal = {Electricity Journal},
issn = {1040-6190},
number = 9,
volume = 30,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {11}
}