THE BIG PICTURE: Abandoned Nuclear Power Projects (Interactive Map)

A supplement to POWER‘s February 2018 THE BIG PICTURE print infographic, this interactive map offers a sampling of nuclear plant projects that have been abandoned. Double click on the map to activate the zoom function. Click on “Map Overview” to zoom out. Scroll down for an overview. Note: All dollar figures are from the corresponding year. Source: NRC —Copy, artwork, and interactive feature by Sonal Patel, a POWER associate editor (@sonalcpatel, @POWERmagazine)

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Owners’ decisions last year to abandon two under-construction reactor units isn’t unprecedented. Over the short course of nuclear power’s history in the U.S., more than 100 reactors (of about 230 projects scrutinized by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission [NRC] and its predecessor the Atomic Energy Commission) have been canceled—nearly half of which had already begun construction. Many had been faced with increasing uncertainties concerning low forecasted load; construction financing constraints and reversals; state certification hurdles; and challenges to nuclear profitability posed by the growing share of coal plants at the time. The graphic below offers a sampling of projects that have been abandoned. For more detail, see a supplement associated with this infographic at www.powermag.com. Note: All dollar figures are from the corresponding year. Source: NRC

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