Nuclear Innovation Alliance Announces Selection of New Executive Director

Press Release
August 2020

The Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA), a nonprofit think tank and advocacy organization dedicated to catalyzing public policy and private investment support for advanced nuclear technology to address climate change and global energy access, is pleased to announce the selection of its new Executive Director, Judi Greenwald.

NIA supports proposed Nuclear Energy Research and Development Act

Blog Post
May 2020

The Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA) supports the proposed Nuclear Energy Research and Development Act (NERDA) that was recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. In early March, this bipartisan bill passed the Energy Subcommittee of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. It is expected to go before the full committee soon. NIA appreciates the leadership by cosponsors, Representative Conor Lamb (PA) and Representative Dan Newhouse (WA), as well as the efforts of the subcommittee.

Nuclear Innovation Alliance Begins New Leadership Search

Press Release
January 2020

WASHINGTON – The Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA) today launches its search for a new Executive Director to lead its efforts in commercializing advanced nuclear technologies. As an independent not-for-profit organization, NIA's mission includes reducing and, if possible, eliminating barriers to advanced reactor deployment, enabling supportive policies, and coordinating efforts on federal policy and financing.

Report Examines Nuclear Energy Cooperation Between the U.S. and the Republic of Korea

Press Release
November 2019

WASHINGTON – The Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA) today released a report U.S.-ROK Cooperation on Nuclear Energy to Address Climate Change. Global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, with a limited window to reduce them by mid-century. Both the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK) remain dependent on traditional fossil fuel use for over 80% of their energy consumption. The two countries saw their carbon emissions rise in 2018, and neither country is on a trajectory to reduce emissions at a rate consistent with scientific assessments for what is necessary to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

Nuclear Innovation Alliance Plans Leadership Transition

Press Release
October 2019

WASHINGTON – The Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA) will be launching a search for new leadership as founding executive director Ashley Finan takes on a new role. Finan will depart NIA to become the director of the National Reactor Innovation Center (NRIC) at Idaho National Laboratory (INL).

“It has been a privilege, a thrill and a labor of love to lead the NIA in its establishment and initial growth,” Finan stated. “NIA facilitated the creation of programs like NRIC; but advanced reactor deployment will still require the organization’s important efforts to attract investment, improve regulatory processes and grow access to international markets.”

Report Calls for New Approach to U.S. Advanced Reactor Demonstration

Press Release
May 2019
WASHINGTON – The Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA) today released a report Enabling Nuclear Innovation: In Search of a SpaceX for Nuclear Energy. Russia currently dominates the export market for new reactor builds (see figure), just as it did for commercial global launch services in 2010. To return the United States to a leadership role, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) should learn from the legacy of the NASA commercial orbital transportation services (COTS) program. This report reviews key features of that program, presents results of a survey of advanced nuclear energy companies, and recommends policy priorities that can support the demonstration of transformative nuclear energy technologies.

Congress Passes Nuclear Regulatory Modernization Bill

Blog Post
December 2018
WASHINGTON – On December 21, Congress passed S.512, the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act (NEIMA). The bill includes fee reforms and modernization requirements that will enhance the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s capability to efficiently and thoroughly review advanced designs.

Passage of Landmark Advanced Nuclear Legislation

Blog Post
September 2018
WASHINGTON – The Nuclear Innovation Alliance applauds the House passage of the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act (NEICA) this afternoon.  This is a landmark moment for nuclear energy: The House and Senate have recognized the importance of bringing advanced nuclear technology to bear against the challenges of energy security, climate change, and affordability, as part of a diverse and resilient energy system. Here are a few of the key benefits of this bipartisan legislation:

Nuclear Innovation Alliance Announces Executive Director

Press Release
May 2018
WASHINGTON – The Board of Directors of the Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ashley Finan as the organization’s Executive Director, effective immediately. The Nuclear Innovation Alliance supports entrepreneurialism and the accelerated innovation and commercialization of advanced nuclear energy systems with the goal of providing more economically competitive, carbon-free energy to the world.

Letter to Congress from Nonproliferation Experts Supports Nuclear Energy Cooperation with Saudi Arabia

Blog Post
April 2018
WASHINGTON – A group of nonproliferation experts sent a letter to Congress today urging nuclear energy cooperation with Saudi Arabia. The letter recommends that Congress support a nuclear cooperation agreement (a so-called “123 agreement”) with Saudi Arabia that meets U.S. law requirements and creates barriers to prevent misuse of civil nuclear power for nuclear explosive or military purposes. The letter argues that the United States should not seek conditions that will ultimately cause the Saudis to reject a cooperation agreement.

Report Calls for Changes to Nuclear Energy Technology Export Controls

Press Release
December 2017
WASHINGTON – The Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA) today released recommendations to improve the efficiency of U.S. export controls for nuclear energy technologies. The report makes recommendations to the federal government and industry on how to better enable the international flow of unclassified nuclear energy assistance and technology to help address global energy challenges and enable commercial opportunities.

New Report Calls for Reforms to Support Small Modular Reactor Development

Blog Post
October 2017
WASHINGTON – The Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA) today released recommendations to support the development and commercialization of small modular reactors (SMRs) by U.S. companies. The report provides guidance for state and federal governments to accelerate both light water and non-light water SMR design availability to meet global energy challenges and national security imperatives.

Experts Call for Regulatory Changes to Enable Advanced Nuclear Reactor Innovation

April 2016
Nuclear Innovation Alliance recommendations call for updating the regulatory process. Cambridge, Mass. – The Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA) today released recommendations calling for updating the regulatory process for advanced nuclear reactors. Representing a diverse group of technical experts, nuclear technology companies, investors, environmental organizations and academics, the organization developed recommendations that address opportunities within the regulatory, policy and industry arenas to facilitate the efficient, predictable and safe licensing of a new generation of reactors.

Investors and Innovators to Accelerate the Deployment of Advanced Nuclear Energy

Press Release
November 2015
PRESS RELEASE: November 19th, 2015 Nuclear Innovation Alliance to focus on commercialization of non-traditional technologies Cambridge, Mass. – The Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA) was formally launched today as a non-profit organization focused on accelerating the deployment of safer, lower cost and more secure advanced nuclear power technologies.