Incoming govt of Seoul to up role of nuclear reactors for energy sourcing

Kim Gi-heung, deputy chief spokesperson of President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol’s transition committee [Photo by Lee Seung-hwan] South Korea’s incoming government will realign to energy mix to up sourcing from nuclear reactors and adjust supplies of renewables during energy instability, according to the Presidential Transition Committee. The new administration will remain committed to the country’s carbon neutrality …

California promised to close its last nuclear plant. Now Newsom is reconsidering

With the threat of power shortages looming and the climate crisis worsening, Gov. Gavin Newsom may attempt to delay the long-planned closure of California’s largest electricity source: the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. Newsom told the L.A. Times editorial board Thursday that the state would seek out a share of $6 billion in federal funds meant …

Options for Wylfa after Boris Johnson says nuclear plant ‘is going to happen’

Prime minister Boris Johnson has thrown his support behind plans to build a nuclear power station at the Wylfa site on Anglesey – but it remains to be seen exactly what form the proposed power plant would take. During a council election campaign visit in north Wales on Monday, Johnson said he wanted to “get …

U.S. military going forward with transportable micro-reactor power generator

The U.S. Department of Defense has given the go-ahead to build a new prototype nuclear micro-reactor at the 890-square-mile Idaho National Laboratory, west of Idaho Falls, Idaho. Project Pele is intended to provide reliable, abundant and continuous energy through the deployment of nuclear energy power systems within the military with what the Defense Science Board …

Japan’s Leader Says Nuclear Power Should Be Reconsidered as Energy Costs Soar

Kishida’s comments add support to push for reactor restarts Resource-poor Japan is struggling with impact of energy crisisJapan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said the country must consider using more nuclear power, as the import-dependent nation grapples with rising fuel prices and a weak yen. Regulations in place since the Fukushima disaster in 2011 need to …

Robert Golob’s movement wins Slovenia elections with green economy pledge

Robert Golob achieved historic success at the general election in Slovenia with the Freedom Movement, which he founded only three months ago. Its economic program is based on decarbonization and digitalization while renewables and nuclear power are seen as energy pillars. Acting Prime Minister Janez Janša must be regretting that late last year he succeeded …

As Congress returns, Google proposes legislative action to help it and others to achieve 24/7 clean energy

Dive Brief: Google has sketched out a policy road map to enable global decarbonization of its data centers, calling for rapid deployment of new technologies, markets that value clean energy and policies to empower customer choice. The internet giant wants to operate on 24/7 clean energy by 2030, and believes that because of its size and …

Slovakia looks to home-grown uranium to cut Russian nuclear dependence

Slovakia currently imports uranium from Russia’s TVEL company – a subsidiary of state-owned giant Rosatom – which is the biggest fuel supplier for VVER-440 type reactors. Uranium mining in the country’s east could be a solution to cutting dependency on Russia’s nuclear fuel supplies, Economy Minister Richard Sulík has said. Slovakia currently imports uranium from …

Argentina nuclear chief: ‘Nuclear energy is part of the decarbonisation solution’

The new nuclear plant in Argentina will be a 35-hectare site located in the same complex as Atucha I, pictured, and Atucha II, in Zárate, about 100 km north of Buenos Aires (Image: Nucleoeléctrica) José Luis Antúnez, president of Nucleoeléctrica, talks of the next steps for the industry, and the construction of a new plant …