…Saving Nuclear Power...
The media has reported that nuclear power can’t compete against natural gas.
But this is not the reason nuclear power plants are being forced from the grid.
A few years ago, there were 104 nuclear power plants in operation in the United States. Now there are about 98, and they are threatened.
Four more have been scheduled to close as of this writing.
Nuclear power plants provide baseload low-cost power that stabilizes the grid, without CO2 emissions.
But nuclear power plants can’t compete where there are rigged auctions.
Independent System Operators (ISOs) use an auction system that allows wind and solar to beat out every other competing source of electricity.
It’s blatantly unfair.
In addition, these rigged auctions threaten the reliability of the grid.
One Independent System Operator (ISO) has predicted there is the possibility of blackouts in its region, with 19 of 23 scenarios predicting blackouts.
These rigged auctions are analyzed in the new book Looming Energy Crisis, Are Blackouts Inevitable.
It explains how and why the grid is at risk.
Blackouts are common in developing countries, but not in the United States.
And blackouts are dangerous. People can die in blackouts. They should be kept to an absolute minimum, but the elite who are managing the electric grid are creating a situation where the grid will be unreliable and blackouts will become common.
Four more nuclear power plants are being closed before the end of their useful lives.
Here is the news report on closing these four plants in Illinois:
“Exelon Generation will retire two of its twin-unit power stations, Dresden Generating Station and Byron Generating Station, in the autumn of 2021, between 10 and 20 years ahead of schedule, the company said in a statement at the end of August.”
Closing nuclear power plants before the end of their economic lives and replacing them with expensive and unreliable wind and solar is reckless and irresponsible.
The best way to save the nuclear power plants that are still in operation and allow them to work through their full economic lives, is to change the auction system being used by those who are controlling the electric grid.
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