The Eastern Interconnection States’ Planning Collaborative (EISPC) has released a white paper on “State Approaches to Retention of Nuclear Power Plants” that examines operational, economic, and policy pressure points affecting pressures on the nation’s existing fleet of nuclear generating stations, and suggests options for states concerned about near-term retirement.
Authored by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and the National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI) and funded by the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, the paper notes that states have differing tools available to manage the risks of near-term retirement, including tax incentives, integrated or other resource planning efforts, resource definitions in state portfolios, dispatchable capacity products, carbon pricing, and legislative and regulatory actions. The paper also highlights some of the steps taken in a number of states. T
he paper is available online through the NARUC website for downloading.