The Clean Energy Standard Act (Act) would meet President Obamas 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 Acts 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 Bingamans Office on introduction of the bill and links to the full bill.