NIA Statement on the White House Release of Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Request
Nuclear Innovation Alliance Executive Director Judi Greenwald issued the following statement on the release of topline spending figures for the U.S. Department of Energy in President Biden’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget request:
"We are encouraged by what we see in the President's budget request for FY 2022. Advanced nuclear technologies will need to be part of the overall solution to reaching mid-century climate goals. We need sufficient investments in research, development, and commercialization now to ensure that happens: this budget is a good first step in that direction."
New Report Targets Fee Reform to Catalyze Advanced Nuclear Energy for Mid-Century Decarbonization
The New Recommendations from the Nuclear Innovation Alliance Highlight Actions Congress and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Should Take to Ensure Advanced Nuclear Technologies are Developed and Deployed Quickly
NIA Event for Release of Report on NRC Fee Reform for Advanced Reactors
WASHINGTON – The Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA) is hosting a webinar at 12pm ET on Wednesday, May 19th about the release of a new report “Unlocking Advanced Nuclear Innovation: The Role of Fee Reform and Public Investment.” As multiple advanced reactor vendors enter the licensing process to build first-of-a-kind demonstration projects, issues with the NRC's current user fee cost recovery model could slow innovation and raise regulatory costs. Importantly, reliance on applicant fees limits the ability of the NRC to hire and train staff ahead of expected applications, reducing regulatory efficiency.
Advanced Nuclear Energy is Critical Energy Infrastructure
Just as existing nuclear power plants provide the bedrock for our modern clean energy infrastructure, developing the infrastructure to commercialize advanced nuclear technologies will allow the United States to finish the task of decarbonization while providing high-paying jobs. Advanced nuclear energy is critical infrastructure. U.S. investment in developing new reactor technologies is needed to unlock economic, environmental, social, and national security benefits for the United States and the world in the 21st century.
NIA Statement on the New U.S. Nationally Determined Contribution to Global Climate Mitigation
Nuclear Innovation Alliance Executive Director Judi Greenwald issued the following statement on the announcement by President Biden today of the new U.S. Nationally Determined Contribution as part of the U.S. reentry into the the Paris Agreement:
NIA Welcomes Biden Administration's American Jobs Plan
In response to today's release of the American Jobs Plan, NIA's Executive Director Judi Greenwald provided the following statement:
NIA Congratulates Secretary Granholm
The Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA) today released the following statement in response to the Senate's confirmation of Secretary Jennifer Granholm to head the Department of Energy. This statement may be attributed to NIA Executive Director Judi Greenwald:
Leading Think Tanks Release Strategy for Development of Advanced Nuclear Energy in the United States
Advanced Reactors in the Energy Act of 2020 and the New Administration
The Energy Act of 2020, passed in December 2020 as part of the Omnibus, is the most sweeping piece of energy legislation enacted in more than a decade. Built on years of work by Congressional leaders, staff, and stakeholders, the Act combines multiple bills across the energy sector.
NRC Chairman Designation Statement from NIA
The Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA) today released the following statement in response to the designation of Christopher Hanson as the new Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. This statement may be attributed to NIA Executive Director Judi Greenwald:
Congress Passes Legislation to Support Advanced Nuclear Innovation
The Nuclear Innovation Alliance applauds the passage of nuclear innovation leadership programs as part of omnibus legislation this week.
Key provisions of the bill include:
We Need Both Nuclear and Renewables to Protect the Climate
The balance of peer-reviewed literature, international energy organizations, and national energy policies are unequivocal: nuclear is a carbon-free energy source with an important role to play in decarbonizing the global economy.
Nuclear Innovation Alliance Announces Selection of New Executive Director
The Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA), a nonprofit think tank and advocacy organization dedicated to catalyzing public policy and private investment support for advanced nuclear technology to address climate change and global energy access, is pleased to announce the selection of its new Executive Director, Judi Greenwald.
NIA supports proposed Nuclear Energy Research and Development Act
The Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA) supports the proposed Nuclear Energy Research and Development Act (NERDA) that was recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. In early March, this bipartisan bill passed the Energy Subcommittee of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. It is expected to go before the full committee soon. NIA appreciates the leadership by cosponsors, Representative Conor Lamb (PA) and Representative Dan Newhouse (WA), as well as the efforts of the subcommittee.
Nuclear Innovation Alliance Begins New Leadership Search
WASHINGTON – The Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA) today launches its search for a new Executive Director to lead its efforts in commercializing advanced nuclear technologies. As an independent not-for-profit organization, NIA's mission includes reducing and, if possible, eliminating barriers to advanced reactor deployment, enabling supportive policies, and coordinating efforts on federal policy and financing.
Report Examines Nuclear Energy Cooperation Between the U.S. and the Republic of Korea
WASHINGTON – The Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA) today released a report U.S.-ROK Cooperation on Nuclear Energy to Address Climate Change. Global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, with a limited window to reduce them by mid-century. Both the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK) remain dependent on traditional fossil fuel use for over 80% of their energy consumption. The two countries saw their carbon emissions rise in 2018, and neither country is on a trajectory to reduce emissions at a rate consistent with scientific assessments for what is necessary to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
Nuclear Innovation Alliance Plans Leadership Transition
WASHINGTON – The Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA) will be launching a search for new leadership as founding executive director Ashley Finan takes on a new role. Finan will depart NIA to become the director of the National Reactor Innovation Center (NRIC) at Idaho National Laboratory (INL).
“It has been a privilege, a thrill and a labor of love to lead the NIA in its establishment and initial growth,” Finan stated. “NIA facilitated the creation of programs like NRIC; but advanced reactor deployment will still require the organization’s important efforts to attract investment, improve regulatory processes and grow access to international markets.”