Nuclear Policies

Nuclear Policies
New nuclear needed for UK energy security, study says

New nuclear needed for UK energy security, study says

The UK government must continue to support nuclear power generation if the country is to meet an expected doubling of electricity demand by 2050 while meeting its Net Zero ambitions, according to a new report from the Centre for Policy Studies. The think tank recommends the government explore innovative financing methods for the construction of new nuclear power plants.

Nuclear Policies 21 January 2021


Armenia plans to extend operations at Metsamor unit

Armenia plans to extend operations at Metsamor unit

Armenia plans to extend the service life of its nuclear power unit in Metsamor beyond 2026 and has not abandoned plans to build a new unit, ARKA news agency reported on 14 January, following Cabinet approval of the government's new energy strategy to 2040.

Nuclear Policies 20 January 2021


Japan, UK team up for nuclear robotics and automation research

Japan, UK team up for nuclear robotics and automation research

The UK and Japan have signed a research and technology deployment collaboration agreement to help automate nuclear decommissioning and aspects of fusion energy production. The collaboration is expected to lead to new robotics and automation techniques used in Japan and the UK.

Nuclear Policies 20 January 2021


US order promotes SMRs for space exploration and defence

US order promotes SMRs for space exploration and defence

The US Administration has issued an Executive Order on Promoting Small Modular Reactors for National Defense and Space Exploration, which it says will further revitalise the US nuclear energy sector and reinvigorate its space exploration programme. This includes directives to demonstrate the use of microreactors on military bases and also to ensure a viable US-origin supply of high-assay low-enriched uranium.

Nuclear Policies 13 January 2021


DOE unveils strategy for US nuclear science and technology

DOE unveils strategy for US nuclear science and technology

The Office of Nuclear Energy, part of the US Department of Energy, has outlined its plan to support the existing US nuclear generation fleet, demonstrate the latest innovations in nuclear energy technologies and explore new market opportunities. The Strategic Vision is a blueprint for NE to achieve its mission of advancing nuclear energy science and technology to meet US energy, environmental and economic needs.

Nuclear Policies 12 January 2021


Nuclear stands out as clean, dispatchable firm power, says Kwarteng

Nuclear stands out as clean, dispatchable firm power, says Kwarteng

UK Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng said he looks forward to “a year of delivery” in 2021, following the publication of the Energy White Paper on 14 December. In an interview with Chris Lambert, director of the Westminster Energy Forum, Kwarteng explained some of the ministerial thinking behind the White Paper and provided further background on the government’s strategy for reaching net-zero by 2050.

Nuclear Policies 08 January 2021


Japanese industry leaders call for nuclear restarts

Japanese industry leaders call for nuclear restarts

Japan will need nuclear power if it is to realise the government's carbon neutrality goal and should therefore restart idled nuclear reactors as soon as possible, as well as work to extend their operating lifetimes and build new nuclear capacity, the heads of the Japanese Atomic Industry Forum and the Japan Iron and Steel Federation have said in separate New Year messages.

Nuclear Policies 08 January 2021


NGOs urge EU Commission to value nuclear energy

NGOs urge EU Commission to value nuclear energy

A Brussels-based alliance of NGOs, weCARE, has written to the European Commission, Parliament and Council to urge "a more favourable evaluation at EU level" of nuclear energy for a larger projected share in the future very low-carbon energy mix, in combination with renewable sources, "thereby avoiding a gas lock-in effect".

Nuclear Policies 05 January 2021


UK agrees to further deferral of Wylfa planning decision

UK agrees to further deferral of Wylfa planning decision

A decision on planning consent for the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant project on Anglesey has been deferred for a second time, as requested by Horizon Nuclear Power, the UK project developer owned by Japan’s Hitachi.

Nuclear Policies 04 January 2021


The barrier to nuclear is perception, says panel

The barrier to nuclear is perception, says panel

As policymakers grapple with the twin challenges of climate change and a post-COVID economic recovery, the benefits of nuclear power are clearer than ever, but the industry still has some way to go in addressing perceptions of its alleged drawbacks with cost, safety and radioactive waste. This was the overriding message of the three panellists in a webinar held last week by Utilities Middle East in partnership with Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

Nuclear Policies 31 December 2020