Nuclear Policies

Nuclear Policies
USA needs nuclear to achieve net zero, says Granholm

USA needs nuclear to achieve net zero, says Granholm

Preserving the existing fleet of nuclear plants, driving the development of advanced reactors and investing in nuclear R&D are all essential to the USA's clean energy transition, Jennifer Granholm, secretary of the US Department of Energy, stressed this week. Speaking at the annual general meeting of the American Nuclear Society, Granholm told nuclear industry workers and students watching the webinar: "We need you".

Nuclear Policies 17 June 2021


EU industry bodies seek more support for nuclear medicine

EU industry bodies seek more support for nuclear medicine

Europe must take action to maintain the current level of medical radioisotopes supply, according to a joint position paper from Foratom, the European nuclear trade body, and Nuclear Medicine Europe, which represents pharmaceutical and imaging equipment companies in the field of nuclear medicine. They say the European Union should promote new research reactor capacity along with innovation in the sector and the design modification of the current fleet.

Nuclear Policies 15 June 2021


US FY2022 budget request includes record for nuclear energy

US FY2022 budget request includes record for nuclear energy

The US Department of Energy's budget request for fiscal year 2022 includes "historic" investments to lay the foundations of a clean energy economy and ensure the USA reaches net-zero carbon emissions by 2035, the DOE has said. The Biden-Harris Administration's budget, which focuses on the post-pandemic recovery as well as investments in clean energy, was sent to the US Congress on 28 May.

Nuclear Policies 02 June 2021


Lawmakers urged to pass Illinois bill

Lawmakers urged to pass Illinois bill

Groups representing academics, activists, engineers, environmentalists, entrepreneurs, unionists, and concerned citizens have written to Illinois lawmakers urging them to pass a bill that would create carbon mitigation credits for four nuclear plants - including two that are at risk of closure - before the current legislative session ends on 31 May.

Nuclear Policies 28 May 2021


Nuclear could help Spain reach net-zero goal, says IEA

Nuclear could help Spain reach net-zero goal, says IEA

In a review of Spain's energy policy, the International Energy Agency says the country should consider the usefulness of nuclear energy, including for non-electricity applications, for diversifying technical options to achieve long-term carbon neutrality by 2050. Under Spain's current policy, operation of its fleet of seven nuclear power reactors will be phased out by 2035. The country aims to generate all of its electricity from renewable sources by 2050.

Nuclear Policies 27 May 2021


UK energy secretary stresses nuclear's role in decarbonisation

UK energy secretary stresses nuclear's role in decarbonisation

Kwasi Kwarteng, British secretary of state for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, highlighted the role of nuclear power in a statement to the House of Commons this week to mark six months since the publication of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's 10-point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution. During the subsequent debate, Members of Parliament quizzed Kwarteng on the government's commitment to nuclear new build.

Nuclear Policies 21 May 2021


Illinois will need more nuclear to meet climate goals: study

Illinois will need more nuclear to meet climate goals: study

Illinois will need to expand its nuclear capacity - not just maintain existing plants - in order to meet climate goals, a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has concluded. Keeping the state's existing nuclear plants open at the same time as investing in advanced nuclear technology and renewable energy is the most economical path to zero-carbon that generates the lowest life-cycle carbon emissions, the study has found.

Nuclear Policies 18 May 2021


Foratom outlines approach to low-carbon finance

Foratom outlines approach to low-carbon finance

Investment policy planning for low-carbon technologies, such as nuclear power, is critical for driving investments in technologies that will help achieve the climate neutrality goals embedded in the European Green Deal, European trade association Foratom said today as it unveiled its Investment Framework Task Force report.

Nuclear Policies 18 May 2021


Poland plans next stage of HTR development

Poland plans next stage of HTR development

Poland's Ministry of Education and Science and the National Centre for Nuclear Research have signed an agreement for the next round of high temperature gas-cooled reactor design work. The agreement was signed yesterday in Otwock-Spruce, at a ceremony attended by Minister of Climate and Environment Michał Kurtyka, Minister of Education and Science Przemysław Czarnek and Director of the National Centre for Nuclear Research Krzysztof Kurek.

Nuclear Policies 13 May 2021


Energoatom official becomes Ukraine's new energy minister

Energoatom official becomes Ukraine's new energy minister

Herman Halushchenko, vice president of development at Ukrainian nuclear power plant operator Energoatom, has been appointed the country's new energy minister, following approval yesterday by the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament. Halushchenko received support from 305 lawmakers in the 450-seat chamber. The ministry had been under a caretaker minister since the collapse of the previous government in March 2020.

Nuclear Policies 30 April 2021