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The premature shutdown of Diablo Canyon units 1 and 2 will "inflict grave harm to California's economy and environment," according to the American Nuclear Society (ANS). The closure of California's last remaining nuclear power plant will cause more grid instability and rolling blackouts for the state because Diablo Canyon reliably supplies about 10% of in-state power, it says. Former US energy secretaries Steven Chu and Ernest Moniz have also called for the decision to shut down the plant to be reassessed.

Date: Saturday, 27 November 2021
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International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi talks about the Nuclear Saves Partnerships through which industry and others can partner with the Agency to expand its efforts to support development projects in low- and middle-income countries.

Date: Thursday, 25 November 2021
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Countries urged to accelerate phasing out of coal and subsidies for fossil fuels The IPCC warned that findings in its latest report are ‘a code red for humanity’. Courtesy Nick D/Wikipedia. A draft of a possible agreement reached at the United Nations Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow urges countries to strengthen their 2030 greenhouse gas emissions targets by the end of next year in a recognition of the gap between current pledges and the landmark 2015 Paris agreement.

The text, released by the Cop26 president, Alok Sharma, called on all countries to increase their short-term commitments in 2022, which would be a step forward. It also asks them to agree to an annual high-level ministerial round table focused on raising ambition further starting next November.

It reaffirms the goals in the Paris agreement that countries agreed in 2015 – to hold global warming to well below 2C above pre-industrial levels and pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5C – but it recognises that the impacts of climate change will be much less significant at 1.5C than 2C.

The document is not final and Cop26 delegates from nearly 200 countries will now negotiate the details over the next few days. Consensus from all nations is required.

Date: Thursday, 11 November 2021
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White House says partnership will position US technology to lead global race for SMR deployment NuScale’s SMR design features a fully factory-fabricated module capable of generating 77 MW of electricity. Courtesy NuScale. US president Joe Biden and Romania’s president Klaus Iohannis announced at the Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow that NuScale Power and Romania’s state-owned nuclear company Nuclearelectrica are planning to build a first-of-a-kind small modular reactor plant in Romania.

US-based NuScale, which has developed a modular, light-water SMR, said the “teaming agreement” builds upon an intergovernmental agreement signed by the US Department of Energy and the Romanian energy ministry. In 2019, NuScale and Nuclearelectrica signed a memorandum of understanding to evaluate the development, licensing and construction of a NuScale SMR in Romania.

The White House had said earlier in a fact sheet on president Joe Biden’s climate plans that the partnership will position US technology to lead in the global race for SMR deployment.

NuScale said the partnership comes at a pivotal time as senior government policymakers from around the world discuss the urgency of accelerating the clean energy transition. NuScale’s SMRs can support international climate goals to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change while strengthening global prosperity, the company said.

Date: Thursday, 04 November 2021
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The leaders of the G20, who met in Rome on 30-31 October, said they are committed to tackling the "critical and urgent threat" of climate change and to work collectively to achieve a successful COP26 climate change conference, which is now under way in Glasgow. They reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change and vowed to cooperate to reach net-zero emissions by around 2050.

Date: Tuesday, 02 November 2021
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Nuclear industry organisations from around the world have today published a report highlighting the contributions made by nuclear towards achieving the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report notes nuclear contributes to each of the 17 goals.

Date: Wednesday, 27 October 2021
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In the run up to the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26 in November, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has published a comprehensive report setting out how nuclear techniques can help the world adapt to a changing climate and become more resilient to extreme weather events.

Date: Tuesday, 19 October 2021
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Given the EU's legally binding 2050 comprehensive decarbonisation policy with adequate CO2 pricing, the closure of many large nuclear power plants in Belgium and Germany, and an EU-wide coal power phase out by 2030-2050 and the inability of intermittent renewable energy to supply the scale and quality of energy needed for continent-scale decarbonisation, there is a strong business case to deploy small modular reactors (SMRs) in the EU by 2040, writes Kalev Kallemets, co-founder and CEO of Fermi Energia.

Date: Friday, 08 October 2021
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The Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) has issued a regulatory policy for implementing a clean energy certificates scheme it says will cater to a growing appetite among businesses and consumers to contribute to the fight against climate change. The scheme provides an accreditation system based on internationally recognised standards and lays the foundations for a market for trading renewable and nuclear energy attributes.

Date: Thursday, 23 September 2021
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Exelon Generation is preparing to refuel its Byron and Dresden nuclear plants after the Illinois Senate passed a comprehensive energy package that, amongst other things, will create a process for the state to procure carbon mitigation credits from nuclear plants as the state aims to reach net zero emissions by 2050. The Byron plant had been scheduled to permanently shut down from today had the bill not been passed.

Date: Wednesday, 15 September 2021
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