Nuclear a Major Player in the Clean Energy Standard Act of 2012

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) issued its analysis of the Clean Energy Standard Act of 2012, a bill that was introduced this past March by Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM).

The Clean Energy Standard Act (Act) would meet President Obama’s 80 percent clean energy goal by establishing a market-based framework for encouraging the use of clean technologies.

The EIA’s analysis concludes that “nuclear energy is a key compliance option” for the Act. Generators must produce zero emissions to be considered clean under the Act’s standards. Only nuclear and renewable sources can lay claim to being a zero emission generator.

If the Act becomes a law, nuclear capacity would increase by more than 80 -gigawatts by 2035, compared with a 10-gigawatt increase projected in a pre-Clean Energy Standard reference compiled by the EIA.

View the press release from Senator Bingaman’s Office on introduction of the bill and links to the full bill.