Illinois passes Future Energy Jobs Bill

02 December 2016


Legislators in the US state of Illinois yesterday passed a bill recognising the contribution of nuclear energy to the state's clean energy efforts and ensuring the continued operation of the state's nuclear power plants. The Future Energy Jobs Bill will also advance renewable energy and expand energy efficiency initiatives.

The bill will see Illinois expand clean energy production while protecting jobs and maintaining competitive electricity rates, with caps and protections to limit the impact on consumers and businesses. It also includes zero emissions standards.

Illinois has 11 nuclear reactors - all operated by Exelon - which produce nearly half the state's electricity and 90% of its zero-carbon energy. Three of those units - the single-unit Clinton and two units at Quad Cities - had been under threat of closure for economic reasons. Earlier this year Exelon announced that Clinton would close in June 2017 and Quad Cities one year later, if the state did not pass legislation supporting their continued operation.

UK nuclear industry looks back at 'momentous' year

02 December 2016

With the final investment decision to build the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in Somerset, together with progress in other planned new nuclear projects, 2016 has been a "momentous" year for the UK, delegates at the Nuclear Industry Association's Nuclear2016 conference in London heard yesterday.

UK launches nuclear skills Strategic Plan

01 December 2016

The Nuclear Skills Strategy Group (NSSG) today launched its Nuclear Skills Strategic Plan to ensure UK nuclear employers can "recruit skilled people at the required rate to meet the sector's ambitious forward program". The Strategic Plan was launched at Nuclear 2016, the Nuclear Industry Association’s annual conference in London.

Post-Brexit business as usual at JET

30 November 2016

Ian_Chapman_(CFFE)-48"Nothing has changed" regarding the future for the UK's Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) and the Joint European Torus (JET), centre head Ian Chapman said today.

Russia and Brazil plan irradiation centre

02 December 2016

United Innovation Corporation, a subsidiary of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Brazilian consultancy CK3 for the development, construction and operation of an irradiation centre in Brazil. The document was signed by the director-generals of the two companies, respectively, Denis Cherednichenko and Renato Cherkezian.

Two milestones for Vogtle new build

01 December 2016

Vogtle_3_RPV_lift_(Georgia Power)_48The first reactor pressure vessel (RPV) has been lifted into place at Georgia Power's Vogtle nuclear construction project in Georgia. Vogtle 3's RPV was lifted into place two days after the placement of the CA01 module was completed at Vogtle 4.

Kazakhstan and China further cooperation

30 November 2016

Officials from KazAtomProm - the world's biggest uranium producer - and the Kazakh government have visited China for talks on enhanced cooperation in the uranium mining and nuclear power sectors. The Kazakh delegation was headed by Askar Mamin, first deputy prime minister of Kazakhstan.

Ensuring a soft 'Brexit' for the UK's nuclear industry

The general trend of "ever closer union" in Europe was abruptly upset on the 23rd June 2016, as British voters decided to withdraw from the European Union (EU) (commonly referred to as 'Brexit'). While there are many important Brexit-related issues to be sorted, one of the most critical issues relates to the UK's membership in the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom), writes Vincent Zabielski.

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