Nuclear Energy in Kentucky
Kentucky does not currently produce nuclear energy, but that’s not to say it doesn’t reap its benefits. Many non-nuclear producing states across the country are able to power their businesses and homes by taking advantage of affordable, clean, and safe nuclear energy that feeds into the regional grid infrastructure.
Nuclear energy is a vital part of America’s energy portfolio, as it already provides 20 percent of the country’s electricity. It is a cost-effective and reliable energy source, producing affordable, on-demand electricity at an 89 percent production rate. Nuclear energy also supports clean air, land, water and wildlife, providing the bulk of our nation’s emission-free energy. Safely serving as a workhorse of the country’s electric grid for more than four decades, nuclear energy is essential to our everyday lives.
Providing Clean Electricity to the United States
Emission-free sources like nuclear energy can help meet the growing electricity needs of the United States without polluting the air. Nuclear energy has perhaps the lowest impact on the environment of any other energy source and is one of the nation’s largest sources of electricity that produces virtually no greenhouse gases. Nuclear energy provides more than 60 percent of the country’s emission-free electricity, helping to keep our air clean.
Moving forward with the next generation of new nuclear energy facilities will ensure economic prosperity and the continued development of sustainable energy in the United States.
Creating American Jobs and Stimulating the U.S. Economy
American-produced energy sources like nuclear power boost economic growth and support high-paying jobs that cannot be shipped overseas. On average:
- A nuclear energy facility creates 1,400-1,800 high-paying jobs during construction, with peak employment estimated as high as 3,500 jobs during that period and yields 400-700 jobs during the operation of the facility.
- Jobs at U.S. nuclear facilities today pay 36 percent more than the average salaries in the local area.
- The average nuclear energy facility generates approximately $470 million a year in total output for the local community and nearly $40 million per year in total labor income.