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The agreement between North American power producer Capital Power Corporation and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) will see the two companies work together to examine the feasibility of developing grid-scale small modular reactors (SMRs) in the province, including possible ownership and operating structures.

Date: Wednesday, 17 January 2024
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Public support for nuclear energy continues to grow as a wave of new nuclear plants - large and small - enter service or are planned, and communications strategies need to evolve to match the new outlook, writes Jarret Adams, CEO of Full On Communications. 

Date: Thursday, 19 October 2023
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The Ontario government has announced the first six projects that will receive funding from the Hydrogen Innovation Fund which was set up in February. This will kickstart and develop opportunities for low-carbon hydrogen to serve as a clean fuel. The Fund plans to invest CAD15m ($11m) over the next three years to kickstart and develop opportunities for hydrogen to be integrated into Ontario’s electricity system, including hydrogen electricity storage.

Date: Wednesday, 18 October 2023
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Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi opened the 67th International Atomic Energy Agency General Conference by saying that opinion polls show the "tide is turning" on public attitudes to nuclear energy, but countries "still need to engage stakeholders openly and proactively" in their nuclear power programmes.

Date: Tuesday, 26 September 2023
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Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), and the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation (AOPFN) have signed a long-term relationship agreement to formalise relations between two of Canada’s leading nuclear organizations and the Renfrew County-based First Nation. The agreement will establish a working group to pursue ongoing collaboration, and create a Neya Wabun (Guardian) program to establish a regular AOPFN monitoring presence at designated AECL sites, among other environmental, cultural and economic protection and promotion activities and programs.

Date: Saturday, 17 June 2023
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Cameco Corporation and Brookfield Renewable Partners, together with its institutional partners (the consortium), are forming a strategic partnership to acquire Westinghouse Electric Company. Brookfield Renewable, with its institutional partners, will own a 51% interest in Westinghouse and Cameco will own 49%.

Date: Friday, 14 October 2022
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Nuclear energy plays a significant role in scenarios which achieve carbon neutrality in North America, Europe and Central Asia, according to a new report from the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). If advanced reactors are successfully deployed to complement large scale nuclear reactors and there is progress in introducing low-carbon hydrogen infrastructure, then the role for nuclear energy is even greater.

Date: Thursday, 22 September 2022
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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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Agency says new low-carbon technologies including advanced reactors will be crucial to achieving net zero The IAEA says new low-carbon technologies such as nuclear hydrogen production or small and advanced reactors will be crucial to achieving net zero. The International Atomic Energy Agency has revised upwards its projections for the potential growth of commercial nuclear power capacity for the first time since the Fukushima-Daiichi accident more than a decade ago – suggesting that with significant action including an accelerated implementation of new nuclear technologies, it could double by 2050.

The Vienna-based agency said the change in its annual outlook for nuclear does not yet mark a new trend, but it comes as the world aims to move away from fossil fuels to fight climate change. Many countries are considering the introduction of nuclear power to boost reliable and clean energy production.

In the high case scenario of its new outlook, the IAEA now expects world nuclear generating capacity to double to 792 GW (net) by 2050 from 393 GW last year. Compared with the previous year’s high case projection of 715 GW by 2050, the estimate has been revised up by just over 10%.

The realisation of the IAEA’s high case scenario would require significant actions, including an accelerated implementation of innovative nuclear technologies. The low case projections indicate that world nuclear capacity by 2050 would remain essentially the same as now, at 392 GW.

Date: Friday, 17 September 2021
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The urgent need to reduce emissions and slow global heating should involve the roll-out of more nuclear power stations, according to a new briefing released by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) on 11 August. In the run up to the COP 21 meeting in Glasgow, UNECE argues that nuclear power can help deliver on the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. UNECE, set up in 1947, is one of five regional commissions of the United Nations. Its main aim is to promote pan-European economic integration. UNECE includes 56 member states in Europe, North America, Central Asia and Western Asia.

Date: Thursday, 19 August 2021
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