"Nuclear Industry Withers in U.S. as Wind Pummels Prices: Energy"

"A glut of government-subsidized wind power may help accomplish a goal some environmentalists have sought for decades: kill off U.S. nuclear power plants while reducing reliance on electricity from burning coal."

"That’s the assessment of executives and utility experts after the U.S. wind-energy industry went on a $25 billion growth binge in 2012, racing to qualify for a federal tax credit that was set to expire at year’s end.

The surge added a record 13,124 megawatts of wind turbines to the nation’s power grid, up 28 percent from 2011. The new wind farms increased financial pressure on traditional generators such as Dominion Resources (D) Inc. and Exelon Corp. (EXC) in their operating regions. That’s because wind energy undercut power prices already driven to 10-year-lows by an abundance of natural gas."

Julie Johnsson & Naureen S. Malik report for Bloomberg March 10, 2013.

SEE ALSO:

"In U.S., Nuclear Energy Loses Momentum Amid Economic Head Winds, Safety Issues" (Washington Post)

Source: Bloomberg, 03/11/2013