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May 11, 2012
Brattle Principal Judy Chang Quoted in E&E News on Potential Competitive Threats Against Aging Nuclear Plants

Brattle principal Judy Chang was quoted in a recent E&E News article discussing the potential competitive threats nuclear plants now face in light of low natural gas prices and high financial costs.

The article, “Could cheap gas choke aging nuclear plants?” discusses whether the operation of nuclear plants will continue to be economical, considering the high costs and regulatory requirements they currently face. These considerations include the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC's) new regulatory requirements, the costs of operations and maintenance as these plants age, and the challenge of meeting tougher regulation of the water quality in rivers and lakes that supply the large quantities of cooling water for the reactors.

According to Ms. Chang, low power prices are putting "pressure on the margins for nuclear plants," while "their compliance costs are going up” following the 2011 nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan.

To read the complete article, please visit the E&E News website.