- Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.)
Set a goal by 2028 for demonstrating at least four new advanced nuclear reactor designs.
Along with another bipartisan bill from Sen. Flake addressing energy storage, these bills get to the heart of ClearPath’s efforts to modernize the Department of Energy by addressing a major lapse in federal energy innovation: the lack of real and ambitious goals for applied research.
They would spur public-private partnerships that will help pave the way for the commercialization of the next generation of nuclear power facilities which produce less waste, have state-of-the-art safety standards and are smaller, cheaper, and quicker to build.
Nuclear has long been the nation’s leading clean baseload source of power but faces challenges in the development and use of small modular reactors and other technologies that produce less waste and are more economically viable to manufacture.