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CASE Nuclear Power Study

Description
The Connecticut Energy Advisory Board (CEAB) requested that the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering  (CASE) perform a study on advances in nuclear power technologies to inform and assist the state’s leadership in making decisions that are in the best interest of Connecticut citizens with regard to the use of nuclear power in the 21st century and beyond. CERC was hired to do a statewide resident survey of perceptions about nuclear power and to assist with the economic impact analysis of a potential new nuclear plant in the state.

Issues
If nuclear power is to be continued as a significant source of electricity generation in
Connecticut, there are issues to be considered. These include safety concerns, disposal of spent nuclear fuel, nuclear proliferation, financing, new plant project budget and schedule risks, and the public’s conception and misconceptions of nuclear power. CEAB wanted a better understanding of these issues, so CERC created a survey that gauged residents’ awareness and perceptions of nuclear power.

CEAB also needed an assessment of the economic and fiscal impacts of replacing or adding baseload generation in Connecticut.

Deliverables
CERC provided written results that were included in a larger report and made presentations to the CEAB and Nuclear Energy Advisory Council.
  
Outcomes
Findings from the survey showed that residents had a lack of understanding and knowledge about nuclear power in Connecticut. The CASE study committee recommends energy education so that the public can be more informed about the state’s energy future in regard to nuclear power, fossil fuels, renewable energy, and conservation.

The economic impact analysis showed that the economic and fiscal benefits from replacing an existing nuclear plant are short-term employment gains and short-term state GDP with net state revenue spikes; with no changes in the wholesale price of electricity, employment or procurement because the assumptions are that baseload capacity does not increase, there are no changes in employment or procurement or electricity sales because electricity demand remains intact.

The survey findings and economic impact analysis were included in a larger report entitled "Advances in Nuclear Power Technology," which can be accessed online at www.ctcase.org. You can also view the briefing given to the CEAB on CT-N: http://www.ctn.state.ct.us/show_info.asp?mbID=18200