What if American nuclear power plants could be less expensive

American nuclear power plants generate more than 20% of the electricity, and half of the carbon-free electricity, in the United States. The nation’s pressing demand for even more electricity—specifically carbon-free electricity that does not contribute to climate change—is spurring interest in advanced nuclear technologies. It is also leading many to ask if the nuclear power industry, sometimes labeled more expensive to maintain and operate than other clean energy industries, can modernize itself and present a more compelling bottom line.

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