Nuclear Energy in Wisconsin
Nuclear energy is a vital part of America’s energy portfolio. Nuclear energy already provides about 20 percent of the country’s electricity. In 2010 Wisconsin’s Kewaunee and dual-unit Point Beach facilities generated 18 percent of the state’s electricity.
Demand for energy is expected to grow in Wisconsin and across the United States, as much as 28 percent by 2040 in the U.S. In order to meet future electricity demands, the United States will need to embrace a broad portfolio of American-produced energy solutions, and nuclear energy must be a part of that mix.
Providing Clean Electricity to Wisconsin
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 about 64 percent of the country’s emission-free electricity, helping to keep our air clean.
The Kewaunee and Point Beach nuclear energy facilities supply a majority of Wisconsin’s clean-air electricity. In 2010 alone, The Kewaunee and Point Beach facilities improved air quality by avoiding the emission of:
- 28,955 tons of SO2
- 11,724 tons of NOx
- 11,180,000 metric tons of CO2
Moving forward with the next generation of new nuclear energy facilities will ensure economic prosperity and the continued development of sustainable energy in Wisconsin and across the U.S.
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:
- Wisconsin nuclear facilities support more than 700 high-paying jobs with an annual payroll of $62 million.
- Jobs at U.S. nuclear energy facilities today pay 36 percent more than the average salaries in the 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.
- Annually, the nuclear energy industry purchases more than $57.5 million of materials, services, and fuel from more than 750 companies in Wisconsin.
Sources: Energy Information Administration and NEIDownload a PDF of this fact sheet.