Nuclear Policies

Nuclear Policies
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


US State Department launches SMR support programme

US State Department launches SMR support programme

The US State Department has announced it is launching the Foundational Infrastructure for Responsible Use of Small Modular Reactor Technology (FIRST) programme, which will provide "capacity-building support to partner countries". As an initial investment, the department has committed USD5.3 million to support FIRST projects.

Nuclear Policies 29 April 2021


New Jersey extends ZECs for nuclear plants

New Jersey extends ZECs for nuclear plants

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has unanimously voted to extend the zero emission certificates for the Hope Creek and Salem nuclear power plants for an additional three years.

Nuclear Policies 28 April 2021


Biden urged to preserve US nuclear fleet

Biden urged to preserve US nuclear fleet

Chairman of the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Committee Joe Manchin has urged President Joe Biden to support the continued operation of the USA's civil nuclear fleet and prevent further plant closures. In a 20 April letter to the President, Manchin said that preventing the closure of existing nuclear plants is critical to achieving emission reductions and grid reliability.

Nuclear Policies 22 April 2021


Grossi: Nuclear "worth looking at" for African countries

Grossi: Nuclear "worth looking at" for African countries

Nuclear can help Africa generate the energy its people need for economic prosperity, while helping to meet the dual challenge of rapidly growing energy demand and concerns for the environment, International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi has said this week.

Nuclear Policies 21 April 2021


Dutch NGO calls for government support for new build

Dutch NGO calls for government support for new build

A white paper containing 13 recommendations for the Dutch government to help realise the construction of new nuclear power plants in the Netherlands has been issued by the e-Lise Foundation. Founded at the end of 2020, the Foundation aims to promote the use of nuclear energy in the Netherlands and abroad. It is currently participating in the government's market consultation on the use of nuclear energy.

Nuclear Policies 16 April 2021


Estonia to assess adoption of nuclear energy

Estonia to assess adoption of nuclear energy

The Estonian government yesterday formally approved the formation of a nuclear energy working group (NEPIO) tasked with analysing the possibility of introducing nuclear energy in Estonia. Headed by Environment Minister Tõnis Mölder, the NEPIO will present its conclusions and proposals to the government by September 2022 at the latest.

Nuclear Policies 09 April 2021


NGOs call for nuclear's inclusion in EU taxonomy

NGOs call for nuclear's inclusion in EU taxonomy

A group of 46 non-governmental organisations from 18 countries has written to Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, calling for the inclusion of nuclear energy in the EU taxonomy for sustainable investments. The exclusion of nuclear, they say, would promote a strategy that is "clearly inadequate" to decarbonise the region's economy.

Nuclear Policies 07 April 2021


US President includes nuclear in American Jobs Plan

US President includes nuclear in American Jobs Plan

US President Joseph Biden yesterday announced a USD2 trillion jobs, infrastructure and clean energy plan to reshape the country's economy. Among the proposed investments to tackle climate change, the American Jobs Plan calls for funding for the development of advanced nuclear reactors and for a clean electricity standard to leverage and incentivise more efficient use of the USA's existing fleet of reactors.

Nuclear Policies 01 April 2021


Germany agrees compensation for nuclear phaseout

Germany agrees compensation for nuclear phaseout

The German government has reached an agreement with EOn, EnBW, RWE and Vattenfall on compensation for the forced premature closure of their nuclear power reactors. The utilities are set to receive a total of almost EUR2.5 billion (USD3.0 billion) in compensation after agreeing to drop all legal actions against the government related to the nuclear phaseout. The final regulation related to the compensation will be made into law by the end of this year.

Nuclear Policies 05 March 2021