USNIC News

USNIC Announces Results of 2021 Advanced Nuclear Survey

The U.S. Nuclear Industry Council (USNIC) has released the results of its 2021 Advanced Nuclear Survey of advanced nuclear developers and presented them at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Advanced Reactor Stakeholders meeting on 26 August 2021. USNIC President and CEO Bud Albright recognized, “This represents a comprehensive survey that addresses a wide range of issues important to U.S. advanced nuclear developers, and demonstrates USNIC’s role to gather and present relevant information for government decision makers and industry.”

September 2, 2021
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USNIC Expands Focus on Promoting New Nuclear through U.S. Government Deployment of Micro and Small Modular Reactors

Washington, DC – The United States Nuclear Industry Council (USNIC) announced today that it is expanding its focus within the U.S. government to support the nuclear industry’s intergovernmental coordination for deployment of micro and small modular nuclear reactors...

August 31, 2021
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USNIC Letter to the President on the Importance of a Full Complement of NRC Commissioners

Today the U.S. Nuclear Industry Council submitted a letter to President Biden on the importance of having a full complement of commissioners at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is to the U.S. Nuclear Industry.

June 16, 2021
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5 Key Takeaways from the Nuclear Energy FY2022 Budget Request

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently released its Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) Congressional Budget request which seeks a record $1.8 billion for the Office of Nuclear Energy (NE). This is a historic level of commitment by the Biden-Harris Administration and it clearly recognizes the important role our current nuclear fleet and future reactors will play in combating the climate crisis, creating clean energy jobs with the free and fair choice to join a union, and growing America’s economy through innovative science and technology.

June 14, 2021
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Next-Gen Nuclear Plant and Jobs Are Coming to Wyoming

TerraPower recently announced plans to build its Natrium reactor at a retiring coal plant in Wyoming... The U.S. Department of Energy is extremely excited about this project and is investing nearly $2 billion to support the licensing, construction and demonstration of this first-of-a-kind reactor by 2028.

June 7, 2021
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U.S. Nuclear Industry Council (USNIC) and Nuclear Energy TV Launch New ‘Advanced Nuclear Technology Spotlight’ Internet TV Program Series

New Monthly Internet TV Series to Feature Nuclear Industry Professionals Discussing Advanced Nuclear Technology to Include Topics Ranging from Small Modular Reactors (SMR’s) to new State-of-the Art Applications

May 12, 2021
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White House eyes subsidies for nuclear plants to help meet climate targets - sources

The White House has signaled privately to lawmakers and stakeholders in recent weeks that it supports taxpayer subsidies to keep existing nuclear facilities from closing, bending to the reality that it needs these plants to meet U.S. climate goals, three sources familiar with the discussions told Reuters.

May 5, 2021
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USNIC Statement on the Death of Former NRC Commissioner Peter Lyons

"Sadly, the world lost a splendid man and a wonderful friend of nuclear late last week. Pete Lyons, former NRC commissioner, long-time energy staffer to U.S. Senator Pete Domenici, Los Alamos lab scientist, senior leader in DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy, and friend to many, died after a long battle with cancer..."

May 3, 2021
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USNIC Signs Industry Letter Request to Establish DOE Office Dedicated to Nuclear Waste Management

USNIC has joined with other nuclear industry groups and utility regulators to urge the Department of Energy to "establish an office within DOE… dedicated to developing and managing an integrated nuclear waste storage, transportation, and disposal program."

May 3, 2021
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USNIC Letter of Support for the Energy Sector Innovation Credit (ESIC) Act

On behalf of the United States Nuclear Industry Council (USNIC) I commend the approach taken to expand clean energy as set forth in your discussion draft of the Energy Sector Innovation Credit (ESIC) Act. It is especially encouraging that you have expressly included nuclear in your text, acknowledging the instrumental role the industry can play in our nation’s long-term energy and climate strategy.

April 26, 2021
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McHenry, Hill Introduce Bill to Finance Nuclear Energy at the World Bank and Other International Lenders

Today, Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10), lead Republican on the House Financial Services Committee, and Congressman French Hill (AR-02), lead Republican on the Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy, introduced the International Nuclear Energy Financing Act, which would bring back financing for nuclear power at the World Bank.

March 8, 2021
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House E&C Leaders Introduce The Clean Future Act

House Democrats introduced today (3/2/21) their Clean Future Act, which contains a Clean Energy Standard. A previous discussion draft of this bill was circulated last year, but it was never introduced.

March 2, 2021
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Senate Confirms Jennifer Granholm as Biden's Energy Secretary

The Senate confirmed President Biden's pick for energy secretary Jennifer Granholm in a 64-35 vote Thursday afternoon. "We congratulate Gov Granholm on her confirmation as secretary of energy, and look forward to working with her," said USNIC CEO Bud Albright.

February 25, 2021
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DOC's SMR PPP Newsletter

Weeks from 2/8/2021 thru 2/19/2021

February 23, 2021
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NRC Advanced Reactor Program Status

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has just released their yearly status update for advanced reactors. "This paper provides the Commission with an update on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff’s ongoing activities to make the safe use of advanced nuclear reactor technology possible."

February 17, 2021
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DOC's SMR PPP Newsletter

Week of 2/8/2021

February 9, 2021
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DOE Welcomes Additional Biden-Harris Appointees

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced additional Biden-Harris Administration appointees joining the DOE team to deliver on President Biden’s climate priorities and create a clean energy future for the American people.

February 9, 2021
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Energy Committee Sends Secretary Of Energy Nominee To Senate Floor With Bipartisan Vote

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a business meeting to consider the pending nomination of Governor Jennifer Granholm to be the Secretary of Energy. She passed out of committee by a recorded vote of 13-4. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), incoming Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, voted to support Governor Granholm’s nomination. Governor Granholm previously committed to Senator Manchin that DOE will prioritize investments in states that have lost traditional energy jobs.

February 3, 2021
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TVA Notice of Intent to Prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

TVA intends to prepare a PEIS to address the potential environmental effects associated with the construction, operation, and decommissioning of an advanced nuclear reactor technology park at TVA’s 935-acre CRN site in Oak Ridge, Roane County, Tennessee. The park would contain one or more advanced nuclear reactors with a cumulative electrical output not to exceed 800 megawatts electric (MWe). A Notice of Intent will be published this week.

February 2, 2021
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White House Climate Executive Order

Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad

January 29, 2021
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Granger Announces Republican Appropriations Subcommittee Assignments for 117th Congress

Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad

January 29, 2021
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Granger Announces Republican Appropriations Subcommittee Assignments for 117th Congress

Today, Rep. Kay Granger (TX), Republican Leader of the House Appropriations Committee, announced Republican subcommittee assignments for the 117th Congress.

January 28, 2021
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Nomination Hearing of the Honorable Jennifer Granholm to be the Secretary of Energy - Takeaways

The Honorable Jennifer Granholm, former Governor of Michigan, stood witness today in a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The purpose of the hearing is to consider the nomination of the Honorable Jennifer Granholm to be the Secretary of Energy.

January 27, 2021
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DeLauro Announces Appropriations Committee Roster

House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) today announced the Democratic rosters for the House Appropriations Committee’s 12 subcommittees in the 117th Congress, including the Subcommittee Chairs and full Committee Vice Chair who were elected by the Committee’s Democratic Members.

January 27, 2021
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USNIC Statement on Christopher Hanson Being Named 18th NRC Chairman

Statement by the U.S. Nuclear Industry Council Regarding Christopher Hanson Being Named the 18th NRC Chairman

January 26, 2021
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