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Nuclear Policy in the States: A National Review

Nuclear Policy in the States: A National Review

Full Title: Nuclear Policy in the States: A National Review
Author(s): Daniel Shea
Publisher(s): Journal of Critical Infrastructure Policy
Publication Date: January 15, 2023
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Description (excerpt):

The nuclear energy industry has regained momentum over the past several years, with state policy serving as a major springboard for that change in fortune. Following a decade characterized by disaster and disappointment for the nuclear industry, policy decisions in the early 2020s have propelled nuclear power forward as a viable resource to support decarbonization efforts while maintaining power system reliability.

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) tracks state energy policies across a variety of topic areas. Since 2016, NCSL has seen a near-doubling in nuclear energy-related policies considered by state legislatures—up from 74 total bills considered in 2016 to more than 160 bills during the current legislative session. State legislatures have also enacted a greater number of bills over that same timeframe. While five states enacted nine bills in 2016, at least 12 states have enacted 14 bills in 2022.

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