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The New Nuclear? Small Modular Reactors and the Future of Nuclear Power

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Abstract: Nuclear power has struggled against severe economic headwinds, but some believe that small modular reactors (SMRs) may save the industry from its current woes. This article begins by explaining the regulatory and economic structure of the electricity sector in the United States. It then describes the current plight of the nuclear power industry before examining SMRs in particular—how they differ from conventional nuclear reactors, what regulatory issues they will confront, and what factors will most directly shape their long-term potential.

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