As cooperatives explore ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining reliability and affordability, one option that's getting increasing attention is nuclear energy. Traditional light water reactors remain the standard, but the industry is evolving, with a growing focus on smaller, more scalable devices.
NRECA is monitoring and reporting on nuclear industry developments and encourages members to follow the work of—and participate in—nuclear industry support groups.
The following are resources related to this topic. Revisit this web page for updates.
Surveillance Article Series
This article series examines nuclear technology, including today's U.S. and Canadian nuclear fleets, the benefits and challenges of nuclear energy, nuclear provisions in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Inflation Reduction Act, and co-op perspectives on the role of nuclear energy in their fuel portfolios.
Article 1: A Comeback for Nuclear Energy
Article 2: The World of Small Modular Reactors. Coming soon!
Article 3: U.S. and Canadian SMR designs that do not use water as a coolant. Coming soon!
Article 4: The U.S. Energy Department’s Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program. Coming soon!
RE Magazine Cover Story
The December RE Magazine cover story highlights cooperatives who are exploring the potential of small modular reactors and microreactors as a long-term generation option.
The December Along Those Lines podcast features NRECA's Dan Walsh in a conversation about SMRs and microreactors with Copper Valley Electric Association's Travis Million.