Nuclear energy is critical to meeting the goals of a clean-energy e economy because—like wind, solar and hydropower—it is emission-free. Today, nuclear energy generates nearly 60% of the emission-free electricity in the United States, making it the largest clean-air energy source in the country.
And nuclear energy is the only source that can produce large amounts of electricity around the clock. It’s a secure energy source that we can depend on 24 hours a day because it isn’t subject to changing weather conditions or disruptions to the fuel supply. Thanks to this unique combination of reliability and environmental protection, nuclear energy is the lynchpin of a diverse and reliable electric grid.
Nuclear energy is also powerful economic engine, providing 100,000 well-paying American jobs and $40 billion to $50 billion each year in electricity sales and revenue. Jobs and local tax revenues generated by our nuclear fleet are a lifeline to small-town America, paying for vital local services like law enforcement and public schools.
We are proud of the difference the men and women of the industry are making to provide clean air energy to protect human health and the environment. To learn more about the benefits associated with nuclear energy, visit the Nuclear Energy Institute’s website.