Low natural gas prices and their effect on electricity markets present a challenge to nuclear energy, but the industry is confident in its long-term role in the U.S. energy mix, writes Scott Peterson, NEI's senior vice president of communications. Nuclear reactors provide safe, reliable power and will continue to be vital to the U.S., he writes. At NEI's annual briefing of journalists and analysts in New York, President and CEO Marvin Fertel said, "We want them in position to operate beyond 40 years -- perhaps more than 60 years -- and to incorporate new upgrades to maintain the highest possible level of safety."

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