USNIC News

USNIC Key Mover Update: GSE Solutions, Proud Partner of NuScale Power, Collaborates on Energy Exploration (E2) Centers for Research

GSE Systems, Inc. (“GSE Solutions” or “GSE” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: GVP) a leader in advanced engineering and workforce solutions that support the future of clean energy production and overall decarbonization initiatives of the power industry, is proud to announce that our long standing 10-year relationship with NuScale Power has resulted in the delivery of their three Energy Exploration (E2) Centers which employ GSE Solutions’ state-of-the-art simulation technology...

January 11, 2022
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USNIC Key Mover Update: BWXT Delivers Fuel to NASA to Support Nuclear Thermal Propulsion

BWX Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: BWXT) has reached a critical milestone in the nation’s pursuit of space nuclear propulsion by delivering coated reactor fuels to NASA in support of its space nuclear propulsion project within the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate...

December 13, 2021
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USNIC Key Mover Update: Palisades and Big Rock Point Licenses Transfer to Holtec, Approved by the USNRC Today, Enlarges Holtec’s Decommissioning Fleet to Seven Reactor Units

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved the transfer of the Palisades Power Plant to Holtec International after the facility permanently shuts down in the spring of 2022. The approval also allows the transfer of Entergy’s decommissioned Big Rock Point facility near Charlevoix, Michigan, where only the Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) remains. The NRC review confirmed that Holtec met the regulatory, legal, technical and financial requirements to merit qualification as the successor licensee of the plant...

December 13, 2021
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USNIC Key Mover Update: Moltex Joins USNIC, Shares Crowdfunding Success Story at New Nuclear Capital 2021

Wilmington, Delaware (Monday, December 6, 2021) – Moltex Energy is delighted to join the United States Nuclear Industry Council (USNIC), the leading U.S. business advocate for advanced nuclear energy. Moltex is equally pleased to share its crowdfunding success story during USNIC’s New Nuclear Capital event on December 8-9 (NNC2021)...

December 6, 2021
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USNIC/ANS Letter to the President Regarding NRC Vacancies

On the behalf of the organizations we represent, we are writing to urge you to proceed with nominations for the two open seats on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

November 22, 2021
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USNIC Announces Results of November 2021 Comprehensive Industry Comments on Preliminary Part 53 Language

The U.S. Nuclear Industry Council (USNIC) has released the joint USNIC and Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) November 5, 2021 submission to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), which provides Comprehensive Industry Comments on NRC’s Rulemaking on “Risk-Informed, Technology-Inclusive Regulatory Framework for Advanced Reactors (RIN-3150-AK31; NRC-2019-0062)” (better known as Part 53).

November 9, 2021
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C3 Solutions with Bud Albright for National Nuclear Science Week

WATCH: C3 Solutions interview with Bud Albright, CEO at the U.S. Nuclear Industry Council. He is the former Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy. In that role, as the third most senior official at DOE, he provided leadership for energy and environment programs, including: energy research and development; demonstration and deployment; environmental cleanup; legacy management and radioactive waste management, all with a total budget of nearly $15 billion. Albright was appointed by President Bush and was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. To celebrate National Nuclear Science Week, we are interviewing 4 top experts in the field. Tune in for this one and check out our schedule for the others!

October 18, 2021
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USNIC Letter to Congress in Support for HALEU

The United States Nuclear Industry Council (USNIC) writes Congressional leaders in support of America’s efforts to maintain progress and regain a leading role in the deployment and use of clean, safe, and efficient nuclear power.

September 24, 2021
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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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