New nuke plants will take at least eight years to complete, while the coal that powers new IGCC plants is no longer cheap. Regulatory and market obstacles confront both technologies, just as they...
Financing New Nukes
Federal loan guarantees raise hopes for new reactors planned by affiliates of Constellation and NRG.
reach a critical mass, and the next generation of reactors will begin construction. Whether that happens in 2010, as NRG and UniStar hope, or later depends on factors that are difficult to predict—just like the many uncertainties affecting America’s nuclear future.