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EU Commission will not hinder pro-nuclear countries, says Timmermans

EU Commission will not hinder pro-nuclear countries, says Timmermans

Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency, today reiterated that all clean technologies, including nuclear, will be needed for a low-carbon economic recovery, while Frans Timmermans, executive vice-president of the European Commission, stressed that the Commission “would not stand in the way” of EU Member States that support nuclear power. Timmermans was speaking as Birol's guest in the latest edition of the IEA's Big Ideas speaker series.

Energy & Environment 26 October 2020


Poland to seek EU state aid approval for nuclear project

Poland to seek EU state aid approval for nuclear project

Poland will ask the European Commission to approve state aid for the construction of what will be the country's first nuclear power plants, Secretary of State for Strategic Energy Infrastructure Piotr Naimski told reporters in Warsaw yesterday, according to Reuters. "It is impossible these days to build a nuclear power plant without state support," Naimski said.

New Nuclear 23 October 2020


New nuclear 'the most efficient way' to decarbonise grids, NNWI report finds

New nuclear 'the most efficient way' to decarbonise grids, NNWI report finds

A new report published today by New Nuclear Watch Institute concludes that new nuclear build is the most efficient way to achieve decarbonisation of the electricity grid, being able to reduce system carbon intensity by up to 34% per megawatt of installed capacity compared to intermittent renewables. It recommends that policymakers look beyond the levelised cost of electricity to assess the overall system impact of power generation technologies.

Energy & Environment 22 October 2020


Grossi predicts a dozen new nuclear countries by 2030

Grossi predicts a dozen new nuclear countries by 2030

A "solid group" of 10-12 countries building nuclear power plants for the first time will emerge in the next decade, International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi told OECD Nuclear Energy Agency Director General William Magwood in a WebChat last week.

Energy & Environment 19 October 2020


IEA report highlights need for 'new momentum' behind nuclear power

IEA report highlights need for 'new momentum' behind nuclear power

A surge in well-designed energy policies is needed to put the world on track for a resilient energy system that can meet climate goals, the International Energy Agency said today. Unveiling the latest edition of its flagship publication, the Paris-based organisation noted that worldwide low-carbon electricity generation from nuclear and renewable energies had exceeded coal-fired generation for the first time last year.

Nuclear Policies 13 October 2020


IEA and IAEA chiefs stress role of nuclear in climate emergency

IEA and IAEA chiefs stress role of nuclear in climate emergency

The scale of the climate challenge means the world cannot afford to exclude nuclear power - the world's second-biggest source of low-carbon electricity, Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency, and Rafael Mariano Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, wrote in an op-ed published by CNN on 9 October.

Nuclear Policies 12 October 2020


Green Ribbon Panel provides roadmap for policymakers

Green Ribbon Panel provides roadmap for policymakers

The Green Ribbon Panel, a group of Canadian environmental and economic leaders, has published a roadmap for provincial and federal policymakers, which includes recommendations on how to meet Canada's greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Energy & Environment 08 October 2020


UK report highlights benefits of nuclear cogeneration

UK report highlights benefits of nuclear cogeneration

Nuclear energy could help the UK achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, not only through the generation of low-carbon electricity but also by fully utilising the generated heat, according to a policy briefing published yesterday by the Royal Society. This heat could be used to heat homes, produce hydrogen and decarbonise industry, it says.

Energy & Environment 08 October 2020


PSEG applies for ZEC extension

PSEG applies for ZEC extension

Public Service Enterprise Group yesterday applied for a three-year extension to the Zero Emission Certificates for the Salem and Hope Creek nuclear power plants. The units had been under threat of closure until New Jersey awarded the ZECs in April 2019, but PSEG said power markets have deteriorated significantly since the first ZEC eligibility period began.

Nuclear Policies 02 October 2020


Policymakers must assess the actual costs of decarbonisation

Policymakers must assess the actual costs of decarbonisation

The falling costs of renewable energy, such as solar PV and wind, do not give governments an accurate picture of how to invest in low-carbon generation, Michel Berthélemy, a nuclear energy analyst at the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency, said last week during a webinar hosted by the Expert Group on Resource Management of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

Nuclear Policies 28 September 2020