Ohio.com July 17, 2013.
America’s fleet of aging nuclear power plants is rapidly becoming uneconomical to operate, argues a leading consumer advocate in a new report predicting the end of the nuclear era.
Mark Cooper, an independent economist and senior fellow for economic analysis at theVermont Law School Institute for Energy and the Environment, bases his argument on another decade of continuing low natural gas prices to give new gas-fired power plants enough of an edge to squeeze out older nuclear plants already beset with rising maintenance costs…
(Contributor’s note: I hope that doesn’t present South Africa with a choice between fracking and nuclear! It needn’t, because it will be far quicker to import natural gas from Mozambique by pipeline and LNG from East Africa and elsewhere by ship – fracking will take a decade plus lots of infrastructure before it is usable in SA. PetorSA’s proposed LNG import facility is a sign the government’s thinking on natural gas is changing.)