Senior Advisor Susan Tierney Discusses the Role of Nuclear Power Plants in State Carbon-Reduction Plans

May 05, 2014

Senior Advisor Susan Tierney participated at an event hosted by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) in Washington, D.C., on April 28, 2014. At the program, C2ES presented a new issue brief, "Climate Solutions: The Role of Nuclear Power," which examines how closing nuclear power plants could potentially affect the ways states meet their greenhouse gas emission reduction goals in the future.

Dr. Tierney presented as part of a panel and discussed the role that existing merchant nuclear reactors play in supplying electricity with zero-carbon emissions in some parts of the United States. She suggested various ways that states can take into account, and potentially mitigate, the possible loss of nuclear plants' zero-carbon electricity generation as states consider future policy options. Closing nuclear plants may also impact elements of future State Implementation Plans, which must take upcoming carbon emission regulations for existing power plants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency into account, according to Dr. Tierney.

See Dr. Tierney's presentation

Read more about the C2ES issue brief