Opinion: Retiring our nuclear plants would be a costly mistake, former federal energy official says

Salem Nuclear Power Plant

SUSAN TIERNEY / NJ.COM – New Jersey has seen the effects of the changing climate, and the state is stepping up to address it in a big way.

The state’s new clean energy law positions renewable energy and energy efficiency as priority climate solutions. These technologies are central to reducing carbon emissions and limiting the worst effects of climate change.

No wonder New Jersey has been recently dubbed the U.S.’s “hottest clean energy economy.” The law creates an important opportunity for New Jersey to manage its clean-energy transition in affordable ways, in part by also recognizing the value nuclear plants provide to the state …

Susan Tierney is a senior adviser at Analysis Group, a former assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Energy, and a former utility commissioner and environmental cabinet officer in Massachusetts.

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