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UK's post-Brexit nuclear plans face scrutiny

Regulation and Safety

12 July 2018

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has launched a consultation until 14 September on draft regulations that aim to enable a domestic nuclear safeguards regime following the UK's withdrawal from the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) as part of its departure from the European Union.

Japanese Cabinet approves new basic energy plan

Nuclear Policies

03 July 2018

A new basic energy plan that sets goals for Japan's energy mix to 2030 and presents scenarios to 2050 was today approved by the Cabinet. Under the plan, nuclear will remain a key energy source, accounting for 20-22% of the country's electricity generation up to 2030.

South Carolina bill would cut Scana cost recovery


29 June 2018

Summer_2_final_ring_June_2017_(SCEG)-48Scana Corporation and South Carolina Electric & Gas Company are "evaluating their legal options" after the South Carolina General Assembly passed a bill that would reduce the amount SCE&G can recover from its customers in relation to the abandoned VC Summer nuclear power plant construction project. The companies say the proposed legislation is unconstitutional.

EDF maintains plant safety is a priority

Regulation and Safety

06 July 2018

French utility EDF has refuted the findings of a parliamentary commission into the safety and security of the country's nuclear energy facilities. The commission's report, published yesterday, contains "a number of factual errors" and "does not reveal any breach of the obligations incumbent on the operator", EDF noted.

IEA meeting considers future of nuclear

Nuclear Policies

02 July 2018

IEA high-level meeting - June 2018 - 48The International Energy Agency (IEA) has held a high-level meeting to identify the key issues faced by nuclear energy and to explore its future. Under current policies, together with limited investment in new reactors, nuclear's contribution to the energy mix in developed economies is set to decline significantly, the meeting heard.

UK presents Sector Deal for nuclear

Nuclear Policies

28 June 2018

UK_Sector_Deal_(UKGovWales)-48The UK's nuclear industry has unanimously welcomed the Sector Deal, which Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark outlined at the nuclear-licensed Trawsfynydd site in North Wales. The document, which includes GBP200 million (USD262 million) in funding for the sector, was developed by the Nuclear Industry Council - whose membership is drawn from across energy, manufacturing, engineering, science and research - in partnership with the government.