Nuclear energy is clean energy.

Pennsylvania’s five nuclear power plants produce 91 percent of the Commonwealth’s carbon-free electricity.1 It is the only ‘clean-air’ energy source that can produce large amounts of electricity around the clock.

  • Pennsylvania’s nuclear energy facilities help avoid 34 million tons of CO2 emissions per year, the equivalent of taking 7 million passenger cars off the road. 
  • Studies indicate nuclear energy’s life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions are comparable to renewables, like wind and hydro-power.
  • Nuclear energy isn’t just eliminating carbon dioxide emissions – it helps avoid the emission of tens of thousands of tons of air pollutants like sulfur, nitrogen and particulates each year.
  • The emissions saved each year are valued at a social cost of $1.5 billion annually.
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  1. NEI Fact Sheet