In energy bill, Manchin seeks to strike compromise in crucial chunk of Biden infrastructure deal | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On energy issues, Mr. Manchin has repeatedly said he supports working with Republicans on legislation and making fossil fuels, nuclear power and energy research a priority. He has opposed a carbon tax and many components of the Green New Deal, and he balked on Mr. Biden’s call for a net-zero greenhouse emissions by 2035.

The nuclear energy credit program would offer $6 billion to nuclear operators from 2022 to 2026 — amounting to $1.2 billion a year — who can show they are at risk of closing due to economic factors. A separate measure would require federal planning to deploy smaller nuclear reactors, like those from Cranberry-based Westinghouse, in the next decade.

Nuclear operators were unsuccessful in lobbying Pennsylvania lawmakers to pass a similar credit program, which would have aided plants like the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station in Shippingport, Beaver County, which employs about 1,000 people. 

In energy bill, Manchin seeks to strike compromise in crucial chunk of Biden infrastructure deal | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette