Low natural gas prices would weaken nuclear energy's competitiveness in the electricity sector, according to a report by Mark Cooper, an economist at the Vermont Law School Institute for Energy and the Environment. The Nuclear Energy Institute said in response that utilities will be hesitant to depend too heavily on natural gas as a fuel because of unstable prices for the commodity. "The fundamentals in the electricity sector continue to present a strong argument for the value of nuclear energy," said NEI spokesman Steve Kerekes.

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