Nuclear Policies

Nuclear Policies
Polish-US civil nuclear agreement enters into force

Polish-US civil nuclear agreement enters into force

The diplomatic notes Poland and the USA exchanged last year on cooperation in the development of Poland's civil nuclear power programme have officially entered into force, Poland's Secretary of State for Strategic Energy Infrastructure Piotr Naimski told the TOK FM radio station yesterday. This means the USA now has 18 months to prepare both a technology and a financing offer to build nuclear power plants in Poland, he said.

Nuclear Policies 03 March 2021


China on course to lead in nuclear by 2030, says IEA

China on course to lead in nuclear by 2030, says IEA

China will have the world's largest nuclear power fleet within a decade, while most of the units in longstanding nuclear regions - Japan, the European Union and the USA - are facing the end of their original 40-year design lifetime, Brent Wanner, lead of World Energy Outlook Power Sector Modelling & Analysis at the International Energy Agency, said yesterday. Without policy support for the long-term operation of the existing fleet, this trend is certain to continue, he told delegates at the High-Level Workshop on Nuclear Power in Clean Energy Transitions, which the IEA held jointly with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Nuclear Policies 03 March 2021


Virginia issues strategic plan for nuclear energy

Virginia issues strategic plan for nuclear energy

Virginia's nuclear industry will focus on four key areas of advanced generation technologies, economic development, workforce education, and research and development in order to help meet its carbon-free goals, according to a newly released strategic plan which has been drawn up at the direction of the Virginia government.

Nuclear Policies 25 February 2021


Ukraine needs new nuclear capacity, says deputy energy minister

Ukraine needs new nuclear capacity, says deputy energy minister

Ukraine's electricity grid needs the construction of new nuclear power units, Yuriy Boyko, the country's deputy energy minister said last week. Speaking to delegates at Atomic Energy: The Future of the Industry on 17 February, Boyko described the importance of at least three new units. Nuclear power plant operator Energoatom published  Boyko's comments on its website.

Nuclear Policies 23 February 2021


ANS task force calls for boost in federal R&D funding

ANS task force calls for boost in federal R&D funding

A near doubling in annual federal appropriated funding levels for core nuclear research and development activities is needed to ensure the commercial deployment of US advanced reactors in the 2030s, a task force commissioned by the American Nuclear Society has concluded. The group said the additional funding will help meet the Biden Administration's climate goals.

Nuclear Policies 18 February 2021


Finance needn't be harder than physics, says NIA chairman

Finance needn't be harder than physics, says NIA chairman

The UK, as host of the next round of UN climate talks, must take the opportunity to show how nuclear energy is essential to decarbonisation, Tim Stone, chairman of the Nuclear Industry Association, said at a Westminster Energy Forum conference last week. "In fact, I would go as far as to say: No nuclear? No net zero."

Nuclear Policies 18 February 2021


USA urged to adopt global strategy on advanced nuclear power

USA urged to adopt global strategy on advanced nuclear power

The Nuclear Innovation Alliance and Partnership for Global Security, two US think tanks, today released a joint report defining a comprehensive strategy for the USA to become the global leader in advanced nuclear power. They said the strategy outlines the domestic and international activities that will be required to ensure the USA can lead in the development and deployment of next generation nuclear technologies through collaboration between government, industry, civil society, and other nations.

Nuclear Policies 16 February 2021


Japan needs nuclear power, says energy minister

Japan needs nuclear power, says energy minister

Japan's energy minister has said he considers nuclear energy "indispensable" if the country is to meet its target of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Speaking to the Financial Times, Hiroshi Kajiyama said power shortages last month due to heavy snowfall highlighted Japan's need for nuclear.

Nuclear Policies 03 February 2021


Poland approves 2040 energy policy

Poland approves 2040 energy policy

Poland's Council of Ministers yesterday approved an energy policy to 2040 (PEP2040) that aims to reduce the share of coal in the country's electricity generation mix from 72% in 2020 to 56% in 2030. The policy includes construction of six nuclear power units.

Nuclear Policies 03 February 2021


Biden nominee confirms opposition to Yucca Mountain

Biden nominee confirms opposition to Yucca Mountain

The Biden Administration opposes the use of Yucca Mountain for the storage of used nuclear fuel and is committed to developing "safe and workable" alternatives, US President Joe Biden's nominee for the position of energy secretary has said. Jennifer Granholm made her remarks at a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing to consider her nomination, which was held on 27 January.

Nuclear Policies 29 January 2021