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  • Licensing and Permitting Task Force conference outcomes

    The World Nuclear Association Licensing and Permitting Task Force, a joint effort between the Law Working Group and CORDEL held a major two-day conference in conjunction with the World Nuclear Fuel Cycle conference in Prague this week.
  • Opening Address: World Nuclear Fuel Cycle Conference

    A reliable electricity supply is the lifeblood of our economy and our daily lives. But the essential nature of electricity is not acknowledged by a purely deregulated market. Governments must take action to ensure that the lights will stay on decades into the future.
  • Article: Design change management in the nuclear sector

    5 March 2015: Nuclear Engineering International

    A new report from the World Nuclear Association looks at mechanisms for utilities, vendors and the regulatory bodies to work together to support reactor design standardisation throughout a reactor fleet's operational lifetime.

  • Decommissioning costs in context

    The Financial Times has focussed on the IEA World Energy Outlook comment on nuclear decommissioning costs, with a headline reading "Bill for shutting nuclear plants will reach $100bn". To be clear the $100bn figure is for the decommissioning of almost 200 reactors, nearly half of the reactors currently operating, between now and 2040. This might seem to be a significant sum, but it needs to be put context.

  • IEA World Energy Outlook analysis - nuclear, hydro and wind lead the low-carbon way

    Reading the coverage of the International Energy Agency's World Energy Outlook 2014 you might come to the conclusion that renewables will flourish, nuclear's future is uncertain, oil supplies are a matter of concern and surprisingly little has been said about coal and gas.

  • The Exceptional Economics of Nuclear Energy

    Energy reports come and go but every now and then one grabs your attention -for all the wrong reasons. The recent interim report "Subsidies and costs of EU Energy" is one such report. Prepared by energy consultancy Ecofysi for the European Commission, it is intended to inform future European energy policy. It is fair to say that this prospect has raised eyebrows of quite a few members of the nuclear community.

  • Calculating Carbon Futures

    How we generate electricity, grow food, heat buildings, travel and manufacture goods are just some of the activities leading to the production of greenhouse gases. For that reason, if you think that we need to reduce emissions, then no one single change can be the total solution.

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