Nuclear Policies rss

Summit urges action to preserve US nuclear reactors

24 May 2016

A US Department of Energy summit held last week to identify policy options for improving the economic competitiveness of nuclear power plants has been described by the head of the Nuclear Energy Institute as a "wake-up" call on the urgency of preserving the country's operating reactors.

IEA advises rethink on Belgian phase-out policy

20 May 2016

Belgium should reconsider its nuclear energy phase-out policy, the International Energy Agency has suggested following a review of the country's overall energy policy. Belgium should adopt a national long-term energy strategy "without delay" in order to decarbonize the economy while ensuring security of supply and affordability of energy, it said.

Thai and Vietnamese institutes agree to cooperate

17 May 2016

VinAtom-TINT - May 2016 - 48An agreement to cooperate in using nuclear energy for peaceful purposes has been signed between the national nuclear research institutes of Thailand and Vietnam.

China to help Sudan develop first nuclear plant

24 May 2016

China-Sudan - May 2016 - 48China and Sudan have signed a framework agreement for the construction of the east African country's first nuclear power plant.

UK 'confident' of Hinkley deal

18 May 2016

The UK government is confident "there is a deal to be done" with EDF Energy on Hinkley Point C, but notes that it would not and could not influence the speed at which the utility makes a final investment decision on the project. "We recognise that the matter now rests with the equity. That's a commercial matter and we have to allow that to play out," said Jeremy Allen, head of procurement and investor relations at the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

NEA head highlights challenges facing nuclear power

11 May 2016

William D. Magwood, IV, director general of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), highlighted some of the issues hindering the prospects of nuclear power at a two-day conference that started today at the organisation's headquarters in Paris. These issues include the impact of deregulated electricity markets, the place of natural gas in the context of efforts to curb global emissions of CO2, and the myths surrounding the costs of building a nuclear power plant.