• Thu, Mar 23 2017

    Pennsylvania Boasts America’s First-Ever State Legislative Nuclear Caucus

    If you believe that a lot of action is taking place at the state level when it comes to policy affecting nuclear energy, you’re right, and the latest news comes out of Pennsylvania. State Senators Ryan Aument (R-36) and John Yudichak (D-14) along with Representatives Becky Corbin (R-155) and Rob Matzie (D-16) last week announced the formation of the ...read more
    • Fri, Mar 17 2017

    Maria Korsnick on the 2018 DOE Skinnny Budget and Nuclear Energy

    The nuclear energy industry is encouraged by the news that the preliminary budget for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) includes funding to both re-start licensing activities for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository and initiate a robust interim storage program. We’re committed to working with Congress and the administration to put the used ...read more
    • Wed, Feb 15 2017

    Restoring U.S.-Russia Nuclear Cooperation: A Practical Guide for Policymakers

    U.S.-Russia relations have been increasingly strained in recent years over the Ukrainian crisis, the war in Syria and the allegations of Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election. An unfortunate casualty of these tensions has been U.S.-Russia nuclear cooperation. Despite shared critical interests that range from nuclear safety, security ...read more
    • Mon, Feb 13 2017

    How States Are Taking the Lead to Save Nuclear Energy

    A big part of my job is working with members of state legislatures and their staffs. One the most important working relationships I have is with the bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) . State legislators from all over the country look to NCSL for policy analysis, leadership opportunities, state benchmarks and, most importantly ...read more
    • Tue, Feb 7 2017

    The Story NEI’s Maria Korsnick Will Tell Wall Street

    There’s a lot going on in our world, and this Thursday at 8:30 a.m. EST, the Nuclear Energy Institute will be making its annual presentation to dozens of Wall Street analysts . The United States continues to operate the world’s largest fleet of reactors, and is the technology leader. Maria G. Korsnick , our president and chief executive, will talk about ...read more
    • Mon, Feb 6 2017

    With Nuclear Plants Closing, Fears Grow for Stability of New England’s Electric Grid

    We can’t really say it snuck up on us, but New England’s electricity infrastructure is already prone to supply interruptions and price spikes, and getting more so. And so far the steps to counter the problem have been very limited. There’s a new warning from the non-profit company that operates the six-state grid, the Independent System Operator – New ...read more
    • Tue, Jan 24 2017

    Why Buy A Shutdown Nuclear Plant? The Answer Might Surprise You

    Today, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) held a public meeting to consider the latest development in what has become a growing trend in the nuclear power industry – accelerating decommissioning by transferring licenses to third parties after a plant shuts down. The topic of today’s NRC meeting was to provide an overview of Entergy’s plan to sell ...read more
    • Wed, Jan 18 2017

    How Nanomaterials Can Make Nuclear Reactors Safer and More Efficient

    The following is a guest post from Matt Wald, senior communications advisor at NEI. Follow Matt on Twitter at @MattLWald . From the batteries in our cell phones to the clothes on our backs, "nanomaterials" that are designed molecule by molecule are working their way into our economy and our lives. Now there’s some promising work on new materials ...read more
    • Fri, Jan 13 2017

    The Next Big Thing in Nuclear Power: Think Smaller & Safer

    Dr. Everett Redmond The following is a guest post by Dr. Everett Redmond, NEI's Senior Director, Policy Development. There’s a lot to like about the small modular reactor design that NuScale Power submitted yesterday to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Most often people talk about the ability to build such reactors in a factory and ship them by ...read more
    • Thu, Jan 12 2017

    What the Millstone Nuclear Power Plant Means to Connecticut & New England

    The following is a guest post by Matt Crozat, Senior Director, Business Policy at NEI. Occupying less than a square mile along the busy Northeast Corridor between New York and Boston, it’s easy to miss the Millstone Power Station . A new economic impact study released today by NEI documents just how important the two-unit Dominion plant is to Connecticut ...read more
    • Tue, Dec 20 2016

    Diversity is Strength in Electricity

    The following is a guest post from Matt Wald, senior director of policy analysis and strategic planning at NEI. Follow Matt on Twitter at @MattLWald . It’s time, says the expert, to step back and take a look at the role of natural gas. Electricity demand shifts up or down in a heartbeat, or considerably faster. The hardware that supplies power generally ...read more
    • Tue, Dec 13 2016

    Why Quality Assurance Programs Verify Safety of Components at U.S. Nuclear Power Plants

    Pam Cowan The following is a guest post by Pam Cowan, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at the Nuclear Energy Institute. Earlier today, the Wall Street Journal published a story concerning manufacturing records and forgings at AREVA’s Le Creusot forge in France. A very limited number of U.S. facilities are using components forged at Le Creusot. After ...read more
    • Fri, Dec 9 2016

    What the Trump Administration Could Do to Help the Nuclear Energy Industry

    Maria Korsnick The Nuclear Energy Institute’s chief operating officer, Maria Korsnick, made the following statement in response to a Bloomberg News report today that President-elect Donald Trump’s advisers “are looking at ways in which the U.S. government could help nuclear power generators being forced out of the electricity market.” “Americans will ...read more
    • Thu, Dec 8 2016

    NEI CEO Marv Fertel on the Closing of Palisades Power Plant

    Marv Fertel The following statement is from NEI President and CEO Marv Fertel concerning the closing of Palisades Power Plant . "Palisades has been churning out emissions-free electricity since the end of 1971. It provides 600 people with well-paid, year-round jobs, and it is the largest taxpayer in Van Buren County, in southwestern Michigan. It ...read more
    • Wed, Dec 7 2016

    Gov. Bruce Rauner Signs Future Energy Jobs Bill at Quad Cities Ceremony

    It's a great day in Illinois, as Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed the Future Energy Jobs bill at a ceremony at Quad Cities nuclear plant. With his signature, Gov. Rauner has helped save over 4,200 jobs at the Quad Cities and Clinton nuclear power plants. Watch the video below. Next, the governor is headed to the Clinton nuclear power plant for a second ...read more
    • Wed, Dec 7 2016

    How the U.S. Nuclear Industry Is Countering Cyber-Threats

    Today in Vienna, the Nuclear Threat Initiative released a report on cyber security at nuclear energy facilities. While we've yet to have the chance to review the research in depth, it's important to note that efforts to address cyber security at nuclear facilities got underway in earnest shortly after the 9-11 attacks in September 2001, when ...read more
    • Fri, Dec 2 2016

    A Clean Energy Consensus: Tough But Worth It

    Matt Wald The following is a guest post from Matt Wald, senior director of policy analysis and strategic planning at NEI. Follow Matt on Twitter at @MattLWald . Building consensus is hard work, especially in energy policy. But when local governments, organized labor, environmental organizations and energy providers all come together, they can create ...read more
    • Wed, Nov 23 2016

    Nuclear: Energy for All Political Seasons

    Maria Korsnick The following is a guest post from NEI's Chief Operating Officer, Maria Korsnick. On January 1, 2017, Korsnick with become NEI's President and CEO. The Electoral College will soon confirm a surprise election result, choosing Donald Trump to be the next President of the United States. In a Trump administration, the carbon conversation ...read more
    • Mon, Nov 21 2016

    Why Nuclear Energy is Common Ground in Clean Energy Policy

    Matt Wald The following is a guest post from Matt Wald, senior director of policy analysis and strategic planning at NEI. Follow Matt on Twitter at @MattLWald . Taking action to slow climate change was a contentious idea before the election, and if the voting on November 8 created a consensus on any issue, it wasn’t this one. President-elect Trump has ...read more
    • Thu, Nov 3 2016

    Why Saving New York's Reactors is Good for Consumers & The Environment

    Matt Wald The following is a guest post from Matt Wald, senior director of policy analysis and strategic planning at NEI. Follow Matt on Twitter at @MattLWald . Saving the reactors is good for consumers and good for the environment. Independent analyses show that the modest payments needed to keep nuclear reactors in the state’s supply mix will mean ...read more
    • Wed, Nov 2 2016

    To Give Developing Nations Clean Air, Give Them Nuclear Energy

    Matt Wald The following is a guest post from Matt Wald, senior director of policy analysis and strategic planning at NEI. Follow Matt on Twitter at @MattLWald. On Halloween, millions of American kids carried little orange UNICEF boxes from door to door, collecting coins to help provide poor children with food and medicine. But children in the developing ...read more
    • Thu, Oct 27 2016

    Why There Is No Silver Bullet in Energy Policy

    Matt L. Wald At 4:00 p.m. US EDT, Matt Wald, senior director of policy analysis and strategic planning at NEI, will deliver a speech at Energy Northwest about energy policy. The speech will be streamed live on the company's Facebook page . We're sharing an excerpt below. As always, please follow Matt on Twitter at @MattLWald. The energy business ...read more
    • Thu, Oct 6 2016

    As Hurricane Matthew Approaches Florida, Nuclear Plants Prepare

    Matt Wald The following is a guest post from Matt Wald, senior director of policy analysis and strategic planning at NEI. Follow Matt on Twitter at @MattLWald . When hurricanes approach, experts tell people to stock up on drinking water and on food that doesn’t require refrigeration, top off their car gas tanks and batten down the hatches. Nuclear reactors ...read more
    • Thu, Sep 29 2016

    Innovation Fuels the Nuclear Legacy: Southern Nuclear Employees Share Their Stories

    Blake Bolt and Sharimar Colon are excited about nuclear energy. Each works at Southern Nuclear Co. and sees firsthand how their ingenuity powers the nation’s largest supply of clean energy. For Powered by Our People , they shared their stories of advocacy, innovation in the workplace and efforts to promote efficiency. Their passion for nuclear energy ...read more
    • Wed, Sep 28 2016

    NRC and Palo Verde Focus on Making Nuclear Outages Safer with FLEX

    Bob Bement The following is a guest post by Bob Bement, Executive Vice President at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station (PVNGS). Learnings from the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in March of 2011 are actually impacting U.S. nuclear industry operations today, making a safe fleet even safer . One of the most significant post-Fukushima initiatives ...read more