In previous installments of this series, NEIS has attempted to keep the size down to 1-2 pages max. This issue it too important to confine to that limit.
A major paper was recently released that raises a serious performance issue for those in favor of continued use of nuclear power. It comes at a critical time when states are debating enormous bailouts of existing nuclear plants that would delay implementation and continue the underfunding of renewable energy, efficiency, storage and transmission upgrades; and entertaining the fanciful promises of a future generation of nuclear reactors being pitched as “solutions” to the climate crisis.
The report, “Increase in frequency of nuclear power outages due to changing climate,” (Nature Energy | VOL 6 | July 2021 | 755–762 | www.nature.com/natureenergy) reveals the vulnerability of nuclear power plants to the extreme weather conditions of the ever-escalating climate crisis. The Report found:
“In the 1990s, the average frequency of environment-induced outages (full and partial) was around 0.2 outage per reactor-year, but since then it has increased by around eightfold, reaching an average of 1.5 in the past decade.” (emphasis ours).  Read more