Charlotte Talks: Don't Call It A Comeback For Nuclear Industry

Sep 11, 2017

Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017

The nuclear industry was supposed to be experiencing a renaissance, but its future has been clouded by canceled projects.
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The plug has been pulled on nuclear projects in the Southeast. Billions were spent, and customers could still be on the hook. Guest host David Boraks looks at the future of nuclear.

This was supposed to be a new era for nuclear power in the U.S., and the Southeast was to be on the forefront. New nuclear reactors were either being constructed or on the drawing board.

One such project is about 80 miles south of Charlotte at the V.C. Summer plant in South Carolina. Two new reactors were proposed a decade ago, but after ballooning costs and changes in the nuclear landscape, construction was brought to a halt in late July.

The dominoes continued to fall when Charlotte-based Duke Energy canceled a pair of proposed nuclear plants in upstate South Carolina and Florida.

What will this mean for the nuclear sector, and the customers who shouldered the cost of the unraveling nuclear comeback?

This program originally aired Sept. 4, 2017


David Boraks, WFAE environmental reporter (@davidboraks)


Avery Wilks, government reporter, The State (@AveryGWilks)

Scott Batson, Duke Energy, senior vice-president of South Carolina nuclear operations

Sara Barczak, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, high risk energy director (@SaraBarczak)

Kit Konolige, Bloomberg Intelligence, senior utility industry analyst