The DOE wants your feedback on an outrageous and last-minute rule change that might enable ineligible nuclear reactors like Diablo Canyon NPP in California to illegally qualify for billions of dollars in subsidies. This would be a massive waste and a failure for climate action, in addition to being a blatant violation of the law.
The CNC was created by the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) to mitigate potential greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) increases due to the closure of unprofitable nuclear reactors that operate in competitive electricity markets. Now, the DOE is looking to change the rules in the eleventh hour, and give ineligible reactors a chance to qualify.
This is a bad bailout. This multi-billion dollar program should instead be invested in clean, renewable energy, NOT dirty and expensive nuclear reactors.
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA or the Act) directs the Secretary of Energy (Secretary) to establish a Civil Nuclear Credit (CNC) Program to evaluate and certify nuclear reactors that are projected to cease operations due to economic factors and to allocate credits to selected certified nuclear reactors via a sealed bid process.
Under the law, to be eligible to receive credits, nuclear reactors must meet three criteria:
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