The Use of Nuclear Power

1191 WordsJul 7, 20185 Pages
According to the U.S. Energy Administratin, “By 2030, electricity demand in the U.S. is expected to grow by 21% from its current level” (Candris). The population increase of the United States and other developing countries is causing a need for cleaner energy. There are many alternatives that are already in use today that show that the technology is possible. Wind, solar, hydroelectric, and natural gas are all alternatives that can provide energy in a much more efficient and clean way. However, these alternatives do not come close to the energy that can be produced by nuclear power. The past events have shown that nuclear power follows more of the necessities that other resources do not follow now. Despite monetary costs and increased…show more content…
The energy produced by wind, solar, and nuclear power all produce clean and reliable energy. However, “Wind and solar combined...account for less than 5% of the total U.S. electricity supply” (Carden), which is not near enough to be sufficient. Wind and solar are not advancing as fast as some other technologies. Consumers also want to be able to use this technology, but it tends to be expensive, and the return on investment takes many years. Also these alternatives are intermittent, or “productive only when the wind blows or the sun shines” (Brand). This is the main reason wind and solar energy cannot produce large amounts of energy. Nuclear power plants produce energy no matter what conditions. The sun must shine for solar arrays to collect energy and the wind must blow for wind turbines to spin. Nuclear power plants do not require a source such as the sun or wind, making it the better option. Even though nuclear power has many advantages, some may say that they monetary costs and health risks are just as important. Analysis showed that “nuclear construction costs about tripled” (Lovins) in the five years after 2003. Because construction costs were higher, the plants had to sell the energy at higher prices as well. The key thing to note is that everyday, new technologies are being made to cut many of the costs associated with this problem. As

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