Nuclear Plant License Renewal: Benefits, Feasibility, and Process

by Stephen R. Allen, Yankee Atomic Electric Co, Bolton, United States,
Donald W. Edwards, Yankee Atomic Electric Co, Bolton, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Energy in the 90's


The future of power plants in the U.S. is of growing concern. The need for competitively priced and economically safe plants is a must. The reluctance of the utility industry to produce new plants and the shutdown of nuclear power plants at the end of their 40-year lease will result in power and capacity shortages. The need to renew the licenses of the 110 existing nuclear plants that supply over 20 percent of the nation's electricity should be a vital part of our national energy strategy. This paper asks three fundamental questions dealing with that issue. Is it worth the effort? Is it technically feasible? and, What will the regulatory - examination process look like?

Subject Headings: Licensure and certification | Feasibility studies | Power plants | Economic factors | Social factors | Electric power | Pricing | Safety

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