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The International Energy Agency (IEA) in its latest report, Electricity 2024, dedicates a significant amount of space to nuclear power – a departure from its previous studies which treated it as peripheral. In its press release on the new report, IEA says the increase in electricity generation from renewables and nuclear "appears to be pushing the power sector's emissions into structural decline". Over the next three years, low-emissions generation is set to rise at twice the annual growth rate between 2018 and 2023. Global emissions from electricity generation are expected to decrease by 2.4% in 2024, followed by smaller declines in 2025 and 2026.

Date: Friday, 26 January 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiea-acknowledges-significance-of-nuclear-energy-in-new-report-11463539

Spain’s Council of Ministers has approved the seventh General Plan for Radioactive Waste (PGRR - Plan General de Residuos Radiactivos), proposed by the Ministry for Ecological Transition & Demographic Challenge, which sets the roadmap for treatment of wastes from NPPs. This plan, approval of which was delayed for some years, is essential to support Spain’s nuclear phase out plans but slightly extends their operation. Spain now intends to close its five operating plants starting in 2027 with a completion date of 2035.

Date: Thursday, 04 January 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsspains-new-radwaste-plan-supports-nuclear-phase-out-11406788

The Japan Torus-60 Super Advanced (JT-60SA) fusion device, the world's largest operational superconducting tokamak, has been launched at Japan’s National Institutes for Quantum Science & Technology (QST) in Naka in a joint ceremony by Japan and the European Union (EU). The ceremony was attended by European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson; Japan’s Minister for Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology, Masahito Moriyama; and Japan’s Minister of State for Science & Technology Policy, Sanae Takaichias well as other senior politicians and industry representatives. They were able to witness a plasma operation from the control room.

Date: Thursday, 07 December 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsjt-60sa-fusion-device-inaugurated-in-japan-11351881

The 750-tonne polar crane has been lifted into place on the first reactor building at the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant, which is being built in southwest England by EDF.

Date: Thursday, 07 December 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/In-Pictures-Hinkley-Point-C-polar-crane-installed

The successful operation of the Japan Torus-60 Super Advanced (JT-60SA) fusion device, the world's largest operational superconducting tokamak, has been marked by Japan and the European Union in a ceremony to inaugurate the facility.

Date: Saturday, 02 December 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Japan-and-EU-mark-first-plasma-from-JT-60SA-fusion

The European Union (EU) Energy Council, meeting in Luxembourg, have reached agreement on reforming the EU electricity market, resolving the long-running dispute between France and Germany over the role of nuclear power. France has welcomed a decision that nuclear power should be included in future state-supported models, while Germany insisted that this must not lead to unfair competition through publicly funding ageing reactors abroad. The proposal now moves on to the European Parliament, where concessions on nuclear and coal power could still meet opposition.

Date: Friday, 20 October 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfrance-and-germany-move-towards-resolving-nuclear-differences-11232812

Construction has started on the International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility-Demo Oriented NEutron Source (IFMIF-DONES) project in Granada, Spain. The facility will test materials for use in future fusion power reactors. Spain and Croatia are project leaders, with Spain funding 50% of all construction costs and 10% of operating costs, and Croatia responsible for 5% of each.

Date: Friday, 13 October 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsconstruction-of-new-fusion-facility-begins-in-spain-11213452

The 67th annual IAEA General Conference has adopted resolutions related to nuclear and radiation safety, nuclear security, and strengthening the effectiveness and improving the efficiency of Agency safeguards. Strengthening the IAEA’s technical cooperation activities, as well as activities related to nuclear science, technology and applications were also adopted, among other resolutions. IAEA resolutions and decisions will guide the IAEA’s implementation of activities in the coming year.

Date: Saturday, 07 October 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-general-conference-attracts-2800-participants-11199232

Spain’s decommissioning and waste management company Enresa has completed restoration work at the site of the José Cabrera NPP (Almonacid de Zorita) in Guadalajara following demolition of the containment building. The plant is the first to be fully dismantled in Spain. Demolition of the last remaining large building at the plant, the 30-metre-high turbine building made of reinforced concrete, was completed in June 2022.

Date: Thursday, 28 September 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrestoration-progress-at-zorita-plant-site-11175462