Title: Prospects for nuclear energy in Canada, the USA and Mexico

Authors: Ronald E. Hagen

Addresses: Energy Information Administration, US Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington DC 20585, USA

Abstract: Recent years have seen a growing interest in the possibility of building new nuclear power plants in Canada and the USA. Electricity generating companies, especially in the south-eastern USA and Ontario, announced plans during 2005 and 2006 which could lay the groundwork for future decisions to construct commercial reactors that could come on line as early as 2015. The possibility of new nuclear power construction is also being examined in Mexico. This growing interest is driven by less expensive technologies, concerns regarding the environmental impacts of generation using fossil fuels and more favourable attitudes toward nuclear power from national and regional governments.

Keywords: nuclear power; nuclear energy; generation technologies; nuclear reactors; energy resources; Canada, Mexico; USA; United States; environmental impact; electricity generation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJGEI.2008.019869

International Journal of Global Energy Issues, 2008 Vol.30 No.1/2/3/4, pp.324 - 341

Published online: 12 Aug 2008 *

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