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Is Nuclear Too Innovative?

Third Way
Third Way
Feb 23, 2017 · 7 min read
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Drivers of Nuclear Costs

1. The AP1000 represents a fairly straightforward evolution in light-water reactor design, not a radical departure, as Shellenberger claims.

2. Standardization is important but is not a panacea.

3. Most of the proximate causes of rising cost and construction delays associated with new nuclear builds in the United States are attributable to the thirty-year hiatus in US nuclear construction, not the novelty of the AP1000 design.

4. Reasonable regulatory reform will probably not dramatically reduce the cost of new light-water reactors, as Shellenberger suggests.

Learning the Right Lessons

The centralized build out of large standardized fleets of light-water reactors has been state led and in response to major geo-political priorities.


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