Fertel: Shutting down nuclear plants makes grid less reliable

02/18/2014 | National Journal

The electric grid, though strong and reliable, is not incapable of being damaged, writes Marvin Fertel, president and CEO of Nuclear Energy Institute. "Unintended consequences of federal and state policies, inefficiencies in competitive electricity markets and short-term decision-making" are the challenges facing grid reliability, the decline of which "should be a source of concern for all Americans," he said. Fertel cites the vulnerability of the nuclear energy sector to weak market conditions and argues that "there is no rational economic reason or public policy rationale to allow nuclear plants with safe and reliable operations ... to shut down."

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