Nuclear power must be included with wind, solar, biomass and geothermal as "green" energy sources under Pennsylvania's new alternative energy standards (HB 80). Expanding power output at nuclear plants such as Exelon's Peach Bottom facility can safely produce up to 20 percent more reliable, 24/7 carbon-free electricity, save Pennsylvania consumers $137 million annually in electric costs and reduce carbon emissions the equivalent of removing 700,000 cars from our roads.
There is no time to delay. Nuclear power belongs in our state's alternative energy portfolio.
Pennsylvania Energy Alliance Advisory Board Member
The writer is former secretary of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.