The year in energy: Carbon-free, nuclear-curious

Clean energy requirements, wind and nuclear were among the top trending energy issues in legislatures this year.
One of Pacific Gas & Electric’s Diablo Canyon Power Plant’s nuclear reactors in Avila Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Michael A. Mariant, File)

Blue state lawmakers spent the year working to put themselves on a path to cleaner and carbon-free energy in 2023, even as the United States became the world’s largest producer of fossil fuels.

At the same time, both Democratic- and Republican-led states started investigating the potential for implementing new nuclear technology, in the form of small modular reactors that could power moderately-sized cities at a fraction of the cost of more traditional reactors.

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