U.S. eyes nuclear reactor tax credit to meet climate goals -sources

The White House has signaled privately to lawmakers and stakeholders in recent weeks that it supports taxpayer subsidies to keep nuclear facilities from closing and making it harder to meet U.S. climate goals, three sources familiar with the discussions told Reuters. New subsidies, in the form of “production tax credits,” would likely be swept into …

China Will Lead The World In Nuclear Energy, Along With All Other Energy Sources, Sooner Than You Think

China now leads the world in total energy production and also produces almost twice the amount of electricity that the United States does, 4.4 trillion kWh versus 7.5 trillion kWh per year, respectively. With over a third of China’s population still being energy poor or in abject poverty, this will grow even more. And a …

Climate leaders must include nuclear in net-zero debate

The Canadian Nuclear Association, Europe’s Foratom, the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum, the USA’s Nuclear Energy Institute, the UK’s Nuclear Industry Association and World Nuclear Association have issued a joint statement ahead of the Leaders Summit on Climate that starts today. At the invitation of US President Joe Biden, world leaders will convene for the two-day …

Nuclear industry calls for state policy focus as resource outstrips coal generation in US

Dive Brief: While the Biden administration has indicated support for nuclear energy and advanced reactors, state policies valuing the resource continue to be necessary to keep existing plants on the grid, the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) said in its annual State of Nuclear Energy address on Tuesday. The nuclear industry group applauded the introduction of …

Campaign contributions, including from a Utah operator, preceded creation of federal uranium stockpile

A $75 million fund for domestically mined uranium came after years of lobbying and campaign donations from the industry. When the latest COVID-19 relief bill was signed into law by President Donald Trump on Dec. 27, uranium companies with mines in the United States cheered. And that included a big one with operations in Utah. …

Government and industry back nuclear for green hydrogen future

Nuclear power could produce one-third of the UK’s clean hydrogen needs by 2050, according to the Hydrogen Roadmap agreed by the Nuclear Industry Council (NIC) last week. The NIC, co-chaired by the Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth and the Chairman of the Nuclear Industry Association, sets strategic priorities for government-industry collaboration to promote nuclear power …

The real challenges to nuclear are external, says panel

The challenges the nuclear industry faces are largely external and must be overcome if it is to help tackle the existential threat of climate change, panellists in the Nuclear Energy and its Future session of the Reuters Next conference on 11 January said. These challenges include: the notion nuclear is an out-dated technology; the cost of finance; market design; …

New stimulus bill includes $35.2 billion for new energy initiatives

The new economic stimulus proposal that has been approved by Congress includes roughly $35.2 billion for energy initiatives, according to summary documents seen by TechCrunch. “This is probably the biggest energy bill we’ve seen in a decade,” said policy analyst Dr. Leah Stokes, an Assistant Professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management …