While nuclear power plants produce low-carbon energy around the clock, every 18 to 24 months the plants shut down for roughly a month for maintenance, inspections and refueling.
Most of the U.S. recently experienced a cold snap, including areas along the Carolinas coastline that received snow and ice. It’s exactly under these circumstances that nuclear energy shines.
Work. Soccer practice. Grocery shopping. Dentist appointments. Life keeps us busy. With so much going on, it’s easy to lose sight of the little things.
While most of the nation’s nuclear fleet was built before 1990, it’s a mistake to label these safe, reliable plants as “aging."
Out on the beach, surfers look beyond the breakers for the best waves to ride. The break in the wave is where the tide gives way to the shore, the waves ‘break’ and result in bubbly, unstable water. At your local power plant, breakers mark the boundaries of electric current.
Out of sight, out of mind. Unless you work for an electric utility, you probably don’t think a lot about where your electricity comes from. But, you should.