Nuclear Power Leadership

Eisenhower's Atoms for Peace speech

Atoms for Peace

While the United States developed the technologies needed to produce commercial nuclear power in the 1950s, we lost our leadership role in the field at the end of the 20th century when the country stopped building new reactors and our domestic industry contracted. Meanwhile the rest of the world continued to develop and build nuclear capacity to meet a growing demand for electricity.

New U.S. Reactors

Today attitudes in America have changed. Several of the nation’s utilities are building new reactors and others are considering building additional units. Those utilities need reliable suppliers of reactor technologies, components and fuel. To meet this demand, Centrus and other American companies are working to rebuild the nation’s nuclear power infrastructure, which will serve as a springboard to return the United States to a prominent role in the worldwide nuclear power industry.

Increasing Capacity

The World Nuclear Association predicts that the world’s nuclear capacity in 2030 could range from 602 to 1,339 gigawatts, which would be a substantial increase from today’s capacity of 374 gigawatts from 437 reactors. In the United States, nuclear generating capacity is predicted to grow to a range of 120 to 180 gigawatts from our current capacity of 98.5 gigawatts from 100 reactors.

Critical to National Security

The United States is at risk of losing its only future capability to enrich uranium to meet key national security needs.

Creating U.S. Jobs

The American Centrifuge Project could create nearly 8,000 jobs in the United States.