With plans to phase out coal-fired generators in most of Europe, nuclear is trying to compete with gas to become the most viable baseload power source to accompany renewables on the path to net-zero emissions. Both technologies have their advantages. Gas is competitively priced while nuclear generates power with almost no emissions. Right now, gas’s cost advantage is evidently great enough to tip the balance.
If nuclear advocates are to distill the debate down to a straight-up contest they must first demonstrate that nuclear generation can be competitive on cost. River Bennett and Paul Evans believe there are significant opportunities for savings which could do just that.