Utilities want to convert coal plants to nuclear; Skeptics abound

US utilities and start-ups are trying to convince lawmakers, regulators and customers that they can convert aging coal-fired power plants to house small nuclear reactors, a so far unproven way to provide electricity .

The nascent idea of ​​placing fleets of small modular nuclear reactors in or near former coal-fired power plants is taking hold in the electricity industry. Utilities see it as a way to reuse the coal-fired plants they are about to retire and join startups developing the reactors, seeking to tap into billions of dollars in federal funding.


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