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The harsh winter at the turn of 2021 has made the case for nuclear power stronger than ever, writes Masakazu Toyoda, CEO and chairman of the Institute of Energy Economics in Japan.

Date: Thursday, 18 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Japan-needs-nuclear-power-to-reduce-its

A recent 251-page report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) - India Energy Outlook 2021- focuses on renewables, gas, coal and bioenergy, with barely a mention of nuclear power outside the figures and tables.

Date: Tuesday, 16 February 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiea-report-on-india-sidelines-nuclear-8519849

The Almaraz nuclear power station in Spain has two reactors in commercial operation. Courtesy CSN. A revision of taxes and levies on nuclear generation is needed in Spain if the government is to meet the challenge of climate change, the industry group Foro Nuclear said.

Nuclear power leads electricity production in Spain with a share of over 22% in 2020. But Foro Nuclear said the industry’s financial results have been reduced to the point where some years it has operated with losses, mainly due to the excessive tax burden it endures.

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the average price of electricity in the wholesale market fell in 2020. At the same time, taxes applied to electricity production from nuclear sources increased, with a new tax in Catalonia and the extension to all nuclear power plants of a tax that finances response services provided by state security forces.

The rate of contributions to national radioactive waste management company Enresa has also increased, from €6.69/MWh to €7.98/MWh, Foro Nuclear said. This is for the management of irradiated fuel and other radioactive waste products and for the future decommissioning of nuclear power plants.

Date: Friday, 12 February 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/industry-group-calls-for-reduction-in-nuclear-sector-s-tax-burden-2-4-2021

Cameco produced only 5 million pounds U3O8 (1923 tU) in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic but remains positive about the long-term fundamentals in the uranium market, President and CEO Tim Gitzel said today when announcing its fourth-quarter and year-end results.

Date: Thursday, 11 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Cameco-remains-positive-about-long-term-uranium-ou

Denison Mines is to carry out further field testing activities to de-risk the use of in-situ leach (ISL) methods at the high-grade Phoenix uranium deposit at the Wheeler River Uranium Project in Saskatchewan, Canada. Wheeler River is a joint venture between Denison (90% and operator) and JCU (Canada) Exploration Company Limited (10%), with combined indicated mineral resources of 132.1 million pounds U3O8 (50,812 tU) and inferred resources of 3.0 million pounds U3O8. The project is estimated to have mine production of 109.4 million pounds U3O8 over a 14-year mine life.

Date: Wednesday, 10 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Denison-ramps-up-activities-at-Wheeler-River

Lobby group warns situation will worsen with planned Unit 3 closure The Indian Point nuclear station in New York State. Image courtesy Creative Commons. Despite 2,753 GWh of reduced energy demand during the Covid-19 pandemic, New York state generated significantly more electricity, 5,068 GWh, from fossil fuels in 2020 than in 2019 because of lost nuclear power, according to the Climate Action lobby group.

The group, which supports the use of commercial nuclear power in the state, said that due to this greater fossil fuel consumption, the closure of Indian Point-2 in April 2020 will result in the annual production of about four million tonnes of avoidable carbon dioxide emissions, a figure that will double if Indian Point-3 closes as planned in 2021.

Moreover, with a capacity factor of 91%, Indian Point generates reliable baseload electricity. This means that shutting down Unit 2 created a very large, immediate, and continuous gap in real energy generation which had to be filled. That gap has been filled with fossil fuels, primarily methane – also known as natural gas.

Date: Tuesday, 09 February 2021
Original article: nucnet.org/news/new-york-state-using-more-fossil-fuels-after-indian-point-2-closure-2-1-2021

Ongoing support to developing countries is essential to ensure adequate cancer care during the COVID-19 pandemic, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said in a panel discussion held on 4 February to mark World Cancer Day. Panelists called for more and urgent action to address the wide gap in diagnosis and therapy access between developed and developing countries.

Date: Tuesday, 09 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Grossi-highlights-IAEA-support-in-fighting-cancer

The single-unit Grohnde nuclear power plant in Germany has produced more than 400 terawatt hours of electricity since it started up in 1984 - the only reactor to have achieved this milestone. Meanwhile, unit 1 of Canada's Darlington nuclear power plant has set a new world record with 1106 consecutive days of continuous operation.

Date: Tuesday, 09 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/German-Canadian-reactors-set-new-world-records

US energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions will likely take years to return to pre-COVID levels, according to projections in the US Energy Information Administration's (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook 2021. Energy-related CO2 emissions are projected to increase post-2035, but remain lower than the 2007 peak of 6 billion tonnes in the period to 2050.

Date: Friday, 05 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-energy-sector-will-take-years-to-reach-its-new

Nuclear energy must be part of the European taxonomy in order to meet the objective of the Green Deal, thirteen trade unions representing energy and nuclear workers have told Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, in a joint letter. Exclusion of nuclear power will not only have a negative impact on the European nuclear industry but also on electricity-intensive industries, they said.

Date: Friday, 05 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Unions-call-for-European-taxonomy-to-include-nucle