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Agency warns of project delays and cost overruns Nuclear Power and Secure Energy Transitions report says nuclear will need government support to play larger role in the future energy system. Logo courtesy IEA. Nuclear power is building ‘momentum’ in many countries as soaring fuel and energy prices are pushing governments to reduce reliance on imported fossil fuels and boost energy security, a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) found.

The report “Nuclear Power and Secure Energy Transitions” said nuclear can help reduce CO2 emissions and allow energy systems to integrate higher shares of intermittent solar and wind power. Building these “clean energy systems” will be harder without nuclear power, the report said.

“In today’s context of the global energy crisis, skyrocketing fossil fuel prices, energy security challenges and ambitious climate commitments, I believe nuclear power has a unique opportunity to stage a comeback,” said IEA director Fatih Birol.

Date: Friday, 01 July 2022
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In a special report the International Energy Agency (IEA) says that nuclear is set to make a "comeback" and sees capacity doubling between 2020 and 2050 in its global pathway to hit zero emissions.

Date: Friday, 01 July 2022
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The leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) large industrialised nations should incentivise the extension of the operating life of existing nuclear reactors and support the restart of others to help achieve the goal of achieving a low-carbon and secure energy supply, the nuclear industry has said.

Date: Saturday, 25 June 2022
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China leading in nuclear power investment IEA director-general Fatih Birol presenting the World Energy Investment 2022 report at an online event this week. Image courtesy IEA. Global energy investment is expected to increase by 8% in 2022, well above pre-pandemic levels in 2019, but a much higher growth pace is needed for clean technologies, including nuclear, to be on track for a 1.5°C stabilisation of the rise in global average temperatures, a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) found.

The IEA’s World Energy Investment report said global energy investment this year is projected to reach $2.4tn (€2.28tn), with the bulk going into renewables and grids.

However, almost half of the increase in capital spending is linked to higher costs due to supply chain pressures instead of bringing additional energy supply capacity or savings.

Date: Friday, 24 June 2022
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Ruling cites ‘earthquake and tsunami risk’ The three-unit Tomari nuclear power station in northern Japan. Courtesy Mugu-shisai/Wikipedia. A Japanese court has ruled in favour of an anti-nuclear citizens group in Hokkaido, northern Japan, saying that the three-unit Tomari nuclear power station cannot operate.

The Sapporo District Court said in a ruling that the facility, owned and operated by Hokkaido Electric Power Company, is not safe to operate due to the earthquake and tsunami risk.

A separate request to permanently decommission the plant was rejected by the court, according to court documents. The Tomari facility has been fully offline since 2012.

The ruling comes amid calls by some Japanese politicians to quickly restart its fleet of shuttered nuclear reactors, as the nation faces a power supply crunch this summer and the upcoming winter. The country shut down all of its nuclear power plants following the 2011 Fukushima disaster, and only a handful have restarted under new safety rules.

Date: Thursday, 02 June 2022
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‘We will address vulnerability of our own energy self-sufficiency’ Japan’s prime minister Fumio Kishida spoke to an audience in the City of London. Courtesy PM’s Office of Japan. Japan’s prime minister Fumio Kishida has backed the restart of reactors that were shut down following the 2011 Fukushima disaster, saying Tokyo will use nuclear power to help reduce its own and other countries’ dependence on Russian energy.

Mr Kishida, facing elections in July and rising energy prices that are squeezing voters’ budgets, said nuclear would be part of the country’s future energy policy.

He told an audience in London’s financial district that Japan would address the “vulnerability of our own energy self-sufficiency” by broadening where it buys energy from, promoting renewables and using nuclear power to diversify its sources of generation.

“We will utilise nuclear reactors with safety assurances to contribute to worldwide reduction of dependence on Russian energy,” he said.

Date: Tuesday, 10 May 2022
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Achievement could produce large quantities of low-carbon energy for industry, transport and home heating. The 30-MW HTTR is a graphite-moderated gas-cooled research reactor. Courtesy JAEA. The Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) are to establish a demonstration green hydrogen production project at the High-Temperature Test Reactor (HTTR) in Ibaraki Prefecture, north of Tokyo.

The project means Japan has joined a number of countries in the race to generate green hydrogen from a nuclear reactor – an achievement that could produce large quantities of low-carbon energy for industry, transport and home heating.

A number of initiatives have begun in different countries to transmit electricity produced by a nuclear plant – or another low-carbon energy facility such as solar – to electrolysers, which would produce green hydrogen.

The technology is reasonably mature, but remains expensive. Proponents say it can be commercialised for large-scale consumer use – possibly within years – to help bring about the transition to a zero-carbon hydrogen-based economy without the need for fossil fuels.

Date: Wednesday, 27 April 2022
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Belgium's planned phase-out of nuclear energy is likely to lead to greater use of gas-fired generation and increased emissions, according to a new policy review by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Date: Friday, 22 April 2022
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49% say public should be allowed to decide on new-build Switzerland has four nuclear reactor units in commercial operation at three sites – Beznau-1 and -2, Gösgen (pictured), and Leibstadt. The Swiss are “very much in favour” of the continued use of nuclear energy with many also against legislation that bans the construction of new power plants, a poll* by the Demoscope Institute on behalf of the Swiss Nuclear Forum shows.

According to the poll, 49% of respondents believe that the population should have the opportunity to decide, on a case-by-case basis, whether a new nuclear power plant should be built.

The poll indicates that 44% of respondents believe Switzerland must continue to use nuclear energy to produce electricity, in addition to renewable energies, while 43% do not want to continue using nuclear.

Hans-Ulrich Bigler, president of the Swiss Nuclear Forum, said the results of the poll show “a process of change in opinion” and refute claims that the continued use of nuclear energy is not accepted by the Swiss population.

Date: Friday, 11 March 2022
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Measures implemented this year could bring down gas imports from Russia by over one-third, with additional temporary options to deepen these cuts to well over half while still lowering emissions, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in a 10-point plan released on 3 March.

Date: Tuesday, 08 March 2022
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