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DOE Solicits Comments on Draft Guidance for Civil Nuclear Credit Program Application

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The Department of Energy is the public to comment on draft guidance for the application for the second award cycle of a Bipartisan Infrastructure Law-funded program to prevent the premature retirement of U.S. nuclear reactors.

The $6 billion Civil Nuclear Credit aims to ensure the continued operations of nuclear reactors across the country in support of the Biden administration’s goal to achieve 100 percent clean electricity by 2035, DOE said Friday.

The draft guidance outlines the timelines, deliverables and supporting information needed from nuclear power reactor owners and operators eligible to apply to the program.

The second award cycle prioritizes nuclear power reactors estimated to shut down within the four years due to economic circumstances. Comments on the draft guidance are due Nov. 4.

“The President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law recognizes the contributions of our nation’s existing nuclear reactor fleet in providing reliable, clean power to millions of households and supporting nearly half a million U.S. jobs,” said Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm.