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US government backs NuScale projects at home and abroad

US government backs NuScale projects at home and abroad

The US Department of Energy has approved a cost-share award of more than USD1 billion for the construction of the first NuScale small modular reactor power plant in the USA. Meanwhile, the US International Development Finance Corporation has signed a Letter of Intent to support NuScale in the development of nuclear generating capacity in South Africa.

New Nuclear 19 October 2020


IEA and IAEA chiefs stress role of nuclear in climate emergency

IEA and IAEA chiefs stress role of nuclear in climate emergency

The scale of the climate challenge means the world cannot afford to exclude nuclear power - the world's second-biggest source of low-carbon electricity, Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency, and Rafael Mariano Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, wrote in an op-ed published by CNN on 9 October.

Nuclear Policies 12 October 2020


PSEG applies for ZEC extension

PSEG applies for ZEC extension

Public Service Enterprise Group yesterday applied for a three-year extension to the Zero Emission Certificates for the Salem and Hope Creek nuclear power plants. The units had been under threat of closure until New Jersey awarded the ZECs in April 2019, but PSEG said power markets have deteriorated significantly since the first ZEC eligibility period began.

Nuclear Policies 02 October 2020


More organisations participate in OPEN100 project

More organisations participate in OPEN100 project

The Energy Impact Center has announced the first major update to OPEN100 - the world's first open-source design and implementation platform for a small, standard nuclear power plant. Launched in February 2020, the project aims to offer developers everything from a web interface to visualise plant and component design, costs studies and construction plans.

New Nuclear 02 October 2020


Horizon secures more time for Wylfa planning decision

Horizon secures more time for Wylfa planning decision

A decision on planning consent for the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant project on Anglesey that was due to be made yesterday has been delayed until 31 December, as requested by Horizon Nuclear Power, the UK project developer owned by Japan’s Hitachi.

Corporate 01 October 2020


Policymakers must assess the actual costs of decarbonisation

Policymakers must assess the actual costs of decarbonisation

The falling costs of renewable energy, such as solar PV and wind, do not give governments an accurate picture of how to invest in low-carbon generation, Michel Berthélemy, a nuclear energy analyst at the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency, said last week during a webinar hosted by the Expert Group on Resource Management of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

Nuclear Policies 28 September 2020


Rosatom explains the 'multiplier effect' of new nuclear

Rosatom explains the 'multiplier effect' of new nuclear

The development of a national nuclear industry facilitates a country's economic growth while at the same time keeping in harmony with low-carbon and sustainable development, Yaroslav Mozdakov, director for communications and international affairs at Rusatom Energy International, said last week during a webinar hosted by the Expert Group on Resource Management of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. REIN is a subsidiary of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

Corporate 28 September 2020


Door opens for nuclear to enter sustainability debate

Door opens for nuclear to enter sustainability debate

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe has welcomed the nuclear industry into its debate on the policy responses required to address climate change and sustainable development. Today, UNECE's Expert Group on Resource Management held a session titled The role of nuclear energy resources in sustainable development as part of UNECE Energy Week 2020.

Energy & Environment 24 September 2020


Pandemic has 'humanised' energy, says World Energy Council CEO

Pandemic has 'humanised' energy, says World Energy Council CEO

The world has entered a new era of energy transition - energy for people, planet and prosperity - and the big question facing us all is how it can emerge faster from crisis as stronger, connected energy societies, World Energy Council Secretary General and CEO Angela Wilkinson said in her address to the 11th Clean Energy Ministerial yesterday. Hosted this year by Saudi Arabia, the event was held entirely via live streaming.

Energy & Environment 23 September 2020


Austria fails in attempt to block Hinkley Point C

Austria fails in attempt to block Hinkley Point C

The European Court of Justice has rejected Austria's appeal against the European Commission's 2014 decision to approve the UK's support for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant, which is under construction in Somerset, England. The Court of Justice, the supreme court of the European Union in matters of EU law, agreed with the Commission that the project is in line with EU state aid rules.

New Nuclear 22 September 2020