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Funding for US advanced nuclear technology projects

Nuclear Policies

11 July 2018

The US Department of Energy has selected nine projects to receive almost USD20 million in funding for cost-shared research and development for advanced nuclear technologies. These awards are the second group selected under a DOE Office of Nuclear Energy's funding opportunity for cost-shared projects to develop innovative, industry-driven reactor designs and accompanying technologies with high potential to advance nuclear power in the USA.

Think-tanks call for states to adopt Clean Energy Standards

Nuclear Policies

06 July 2018

US states could set far more ambitious decarbonisation targets by replacing Renewable Portfolio Standards with Clean Energy Standards encompassing all clean energy sources including nuclear, according to a new joint report by the Breakthrough Institute and Third Way think-tanks.

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.

NEI issues guidelines for regulatory interactions

Regulation and Safety

06 July 2018

NuScale SMR cross section 48The US Nuclear Energy Institute has issued guidelines to help advanced nuclear reactor developers in their interactions with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. A regulatory engagement plan will help reactor developers' early interactions with NRC staff and can reduce regulatory uncertainty and add predictability to licensing advanced technologies, the NEI said.

Quad Cities opens new training centre


03 July 2018

Quad_Cities_training_centre_(ExelonGen)-48Exelon Generation has opened an expanded employee training centre at the Quad Cities nuclear power plant, in the same month that the plant would have closed had the state of Illinois not passed its Future Energy Jobs Act.

US dignitaries endorse nuclear's importance

Nuclear Policies

27 June 2018

A group of 75 senior US figures, including former statesmen, military, industrial and academic leaders, have written to Energy Secretary Rick Perry imploring him to take immediate action to prevent the closure of reactors, citing the contribution of nuclear power to national security. Meanwhile, the US Senate has passed a 2019 appropriations bill providing USD1.2 billion for nuclear energy programmes and supporting nuclear innovation.