* Japan crisis will cut nuclear expansion slightly-EIA
* NRG has already abandoned plan for Texas reactors
By Ayesha Rascoe
WASHINGTON, April 26 (Reuters) - The Japanese nuclear crisis will likely curtail expansion of U.S. nuclear power generation, an official from the U.S. Energy Information Administration said on Tuesday.
Japan’s struggle to avert a meltdown at its Fukushima Daiichi complex after being hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami in March, has raised concerns about the safety of U.S. nuclear plants.
The EIA has projected about 9 gigawatts of new nuclear capacity will be added in the United States through 2035, but EIA’s John Conti said the Japanese disaster would mean a lowering of that forecast.
“There is going to be a slight decrease in nuclear expansion from what we thought before,” Conti, the assistant administrator for energy analysis at the EIA, said at an energy conference sponsored by the agency.
Last month, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission launched a comprehensive safety review of the nation’s nuclear plants. The review will help determine whether new standards or practices need to be adopted to implement lessons learned from the Japan crisis. [ID:nN23289101]
At least one company has already abandoned plans build new U.S. reactors. Citing regulatory uncertainty, NRG (NRG.N) shelved a $10 billion proposal for two additional reactors in Texas. [ID:nN1954405] (Editing by David Gregorio)