Most existing and newly retired coal-fired power plants could be repurposed to house future advanced nuclear energy projects cheaply and provide an economic boost to disadvantaged communities, according to a new Department of Energy report

About 80% of the nation’s coal-fired power plants could host advanced nuclear reactors, such as small modular reactors, at 35% the cost of placing them on undeveloped land. The installations could provide 265 gigawatts of electricity, or nearly a quarter of the utility-scale electricity produced in the U.S. in a year, onto existing grids cheaply. 

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