Nuclear energy is a clean power workhorse, supplying nearly 20 percent of the country’s electricity. It is widely considered one of the country’s most reliable and efficient sources of electric power, able to operate 24/7/365 and balance variable output from solar and wind power. Nuclear plants, which refuel only once every 18-24 months, operate at a high capacity, even during extreme weather, such as cold snaps and heat waves. As climate change disrupts weather patterns and increases the likelihood of extreme weather events, nuclear energy will be a critical resource for ensuring Marylanders have access to reliable, carbon-free electricity. Nuclear power plants are among the safest and most secure facilities in the world. They are continuously upgraded with the latest technologies – helping to ensure reliable power for Maryland.