Environment

Nuclear energy is clean energy.

Pennsylvania’s five nuclear power plants produce 93 percent of the Commonwealth’s carbon-free electricity.1 It is the only ‘clean-air’ energy source that can produce large amounts of electricity around the clock.

  • Pennsylvania’s nuclear energy facilities help avoid 37 million tons of CO2 emissions per year, the equivalent of taking 8 million passenger cars off the road. 2
  • Studies indicate nuclear energy’s life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions are comparable to renewables, like wind and hydro-power.
  • Nuclear energy isn’t just eliminating carbon dioxide emissions – it helps avoid the emission of tens of thousands of tons of air pollutants like sulfur, nitrogen and particulates each year.
  • The emissions saved each year are valued at a social cost of $1.5 billion annually.3
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References

  1. NEI Fact Sheet
  2. Pennsylvania Nuclear Powers Plants’ Contribution to the State Economy – Brattle Report
  3. Pennsylvania Nuclear Powers Plants’ Contribution to the State Economy – Brattle Report