Nuclear Policies

Nuclear Policies
India sees SMRs in its clean energy future

India sees SMRs in its clean energy future

India's Minister of State Jitendra Singh has called for the country's private sector companies and start-ups to take part in the development of small modular reactor technology. The minister's comments were made in an address to a workshop on SMRs held by the government's NITI Aayog policy think-tank.

Nuclear Policies 28 November 2022


EU Commissioner outlines 'new conversation' on nuclear

EU Commissioner outlines 'new conversation' on nuclear

The conversation around nuclear energy in Europe has shifted and its future now looks very bright, although there are still challenges to overcome, according to EU Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson. She called for policy-makers, industry and technology leaders to work together to turn opportunity into reality.

Nuclear Policies 14 November 2022


Bulgarian parliament votes to switch from Russian nuclear fuel

Bulgarian parliament votes to switch from Russian nuclear fuel

The National Assembly of Bulgaria voted by 156 to 47 to call on the Council of Ministers to ensure the licensing  and a contract for supply of non-Russian nuclear fuel is concluded by 2024.

Nuclear Policies 10 November 2022


'Historic' USD1.5 billion upgrade for US national labs

'Historic' USD1.5 billion upgrade for US national labs

The US Administration has issued a new report setting out initial priorities - including fusion - it says will enable it to reach net-zero by 2050, and is providing more than USD1.5 billion under Inflation Reduction Act funding to upgrade facilities and modernise infrastructure at the national laboratories which will undertake the research and innovation to support this.

Nuclear Policies 07 November 2022


Canadian government recognises nuclear as clean energy

Canadian government recognises nuclear as clean energy

The federal government's inclusion of small modular reactors amongst clean energy technologies eligible for a new investment tax credit has been greeted as a clear signal that it considers nuclear power to be "clean energy" on a par with all other low-carbon technologies.

Nuclear Policies 04 November 2022


PG&E resumes Diablo Canyon relicensing

PG&E resumes Diablo Canyon relicensing

Pacific Gas and Electric Company has formally asked the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission to resume its review of the licence renewal application for the two-unit plant after the state of California passed legislation that would enable the plant to continue operating until 2030.

Nuclear Policies 02 November 2022


Federal funding for INL infrastructure upgrades

Federal funding for INL infrastructure upgrades

The US government has announced USD150 million in funding provided by President Joe Biden's Inflation Reduction Act for infrastructure improvements at the Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory to enhance nuclear energy research and development.

Nuclear Policies 26 October 2022


French citizens consulted on country's energy mix

French citizens consulted on country's energy mix

The French government has launched a public consultation on the future of the country's energy mix. In February, President Emmanuel Macron announced France would develop a new policy aimed at reducing the country's energy consumption while completely decarbonising its energy mix through the use of renewables and nuclear.

Nuclear Policies 25 October 2022


German cabinet approves extended reactor operations

German cabinet approves extended reactor operations

The German federal cabinet has approved an executive decision by Chancellor Olaf Scholz to allow the country's three remaining nuclear power plants to continue operating beyond the end of this year. It approved a draft amendment to the Atomic Energy Act which enables the Emsland, Isar 2 and Neckarwestheim 2 plants to operate until 15 April 2023 at the latest.

Nuclear Policies 20 October 2022


Germany's Scholz decides on continued operation of reactors

Germany's Scholz decides on continued operation of reactors

Chancellor Olaf Scholz has taken the decision to allow all three of Germany's remaining operating nuclear power plants to continue generating electricity until 15 April next year. His decision follows disagreement among the governing coalition parties over the continued operation of the plants.

Nuclear Policies 18 October 2022