CASEnergy’s Four-Point Policy Roadmap for Clean Energy
1. Enact policies to allow the U.S. to take control of its energy security.
- Electricity needs in the U.S. are expected to increase 28 percent by 2040.
- To meet this increased demand while minimizing the country’s environmental footprint and reducing its dependence on foreign oil, the federal government needs to enact policies to:
- Facilitate the construction, approval, and operation of a new fleet of nuclear energy facilities;
- Support the research and development of advanced reactors for process heat, hydrogen production and other industrial applications; and
- Modernize the country’s electric grid to support renewable technologies and the growing electric vehicle industry
2. Ensure access to financing for clean energy projects.
- Federal financing programs will support expansion of nuclear energy and other zero- and low-carbon sources of energy, while ensuring that consumers receive the economic benefits and reliability associated with nuclear power plants.
- Current Energy Department loan guarantee volume is not sufficient to meet 2050 emissions reduction goals.
- Financing remains the largest obstacle to ensuring an adequate number of nuclear plants are built to meet the country’s growing energy demand.
3. Increase investment in clean energy jobs.
- The federal government should continue to make grants available to eligible companies in the clean energy supply chain to stimulate U.S. manufacturing and create high-paying jobs.
- With nuclear expansion potentially leading to 40,000-70,000 new industry jobs, the federal government should support education programs that will train the next generation of nuclear employees.
4. Address used fuel storage needs through federal support for recycling and other safe, innovative solutions.
- A flexible, safe program to manage used nuclear fuel that includes interim storage and advanced technologies is an important element for maintaining public confidence in nuclear energy.
- Current interim storage facilities are a safe and secure bridge to a long-term recycling program.
- Recycling used nuclear fuel will allow the country to maximize its energy production while providing effective safeguards against proliferation.
View our Policy Roadmap for Clean Energy online press kit or hear more from our CASEnergy Coalition Co-Chairs.