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This summary for policymakers provides high-level policy takeaways from NIA's report, "Characterizing an Emerging Market for High-Assay, Low-Enriched Uranium Production". This report by NIA provides new technical analyses of high-assay, low-enriched uranium (HALEU) production cost and the funding requirements for federal programs to support HALEU availability for advanced reactors. To read the full report, click here

Advanced Nuclear Energy Guide for State Policymakers

Victor Ibarra Jr., Judi Greenwald & Erik Cothron |

This 2023 update of the Guide incorporates new information since the initial 2021 release.

This Guide serves as an introduction to advanced nuclear energy technologies and policies for state-level policymakers and stakeholders. The first part of this Guide describes advanced reactor technology and its benefits, provides an overview of enabling federal policies, and reviews state options to incentivize local development of advanced reactors. The second part of the Brief provides case studies of emerging state leaders in these technologies:     

  • nuclear projects in Wyoming
  • Energy Northwest’s plans in Washington State
  • the state of play in Virginia and the Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium
  • Texas’ leadership in deploying advanced nuclear energy
  • the Nuclear Alternative Project in Puerto Rico

Finally, the last section of this Brief is a compendium of topical briefs that elaborate the characteristics of advanced reactors with respect to safety, economic benefits, waste management, the flexibility and dispatchability of advanced nuclear power, its timing and development. These briefs also include one-pagers on key provisions found in the IRA to spur nuclear innovation.

Implications of Inflation Reduction Act Tax Credits for Advanced Nuclear Energy

Marc Chupka, Judi Greenwald, Victor Ibarra Jr. & Jeffrey D. Brown |

This paper focuses the impact of the new Inflation Reduction Act clean electricity tax credits on new nuclear energy projects, using the same tools developed for an initial 2021 NIA analysis. The results show that the current IRA tax credits effectively reduce the costs of electricity produced by advanced nuclear projects, both for first-of-a-kind and nth-of-a-kind projects, which will enable advanced nuclear reactors to compete effectively with other clean and firm generation options.

Fueling Your Future - Introduction to Advanced Reactors and Workforce Sectors

Judi Greenwald, Patrick White, Devin Watts & Mya Zepp |

The Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA) and the Nuclear Innovation Bootcamp (NIB) hosted a webinar event series entitled Fueling Your Future for NIB Alumni. This panel covered introductions to the Nuclear Innovation Alliance, Workforce Sectors, Advanced Reactors 201, and updates on the Nuclear Innovation Bootcamp. The panel featured NIA's own Judi Greenwald, Patrick White, and Devin Watts as panelists. Mya Zepp served as moderator.

Resources for Coal Repowering with Nuclear Energy

Erik Cothron |

This document serves as a high-level introduction to coal repowering with nuclear energy (also known as coal power plant repurposing, or coal-to-nuclear transitions) and a directory of useful resources for those looking to dive deeper into the topics discussed herein. It presents the key concepts, opportunities, and challenges associated with this energy transition, and provides readers with solid foundations and condensed information, facilitating a comprehensive understanding of this subject matter. It is intended for a diverse range of stakeholders interested in exploring coal repowering with nuclear energy, and is meant to foster informed decision-making, strategic planning, and meaningful discussions that contribute to coal repowering efforts. Policymakers, industry stakeholders, researchers, community leaders, potential customers, and interested individuals will find a concise overview of coal repowering to help navigate the multifaceted aspects of this energy transition and the extensive body of literature already available.

NIA's Media Briefing on new Deployment Maps, updated Primer, and updated Company Compendium.

Judi Greenwald, Victor Ibarra Jr., Archie Manoharan, Mark Feltner & Jacob Dewitte |

In July 2023, the Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA) released two new Deployment Maps that showcase scheduled deployments of North American advanced reactors design across the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Alongside the release of the two Deployment Maps, NIA also release an updates of their “Advanced Nuclear Reactor Technology: A Company Compendium” and their “Advanced Nuclear Reactor Technology: A Primer”. These releases were accompanied by a Zoom media briefing event. The NIA's new and updated reports provide information, resources and insights into advanced nuclear technology innovation and commercialization. They should serve as resources for investors, reporters, policymakers, regulators and others who want to learn more about advanced nuclear technologies and the key players building this industry.

This primer provides basic information on advanced reactors to help the public and stakeholders understand the promise of innovative nuclear technologies. Dozens are under development around the world; this primer focuses on those in the United States and Canada.

This document was last updated in July 2023.

 
Multiple advanced reactor developers have announced domestic demonstration projects to be built in the 2020s. These nuclear reactors will provide the licensing, construction, and operational basis for rapid commercial expansion of advanced nuclear energy in the late 2020s and early 2030s. Technology, business, and regulatory lessons learned from first-of-a-kind (FOAK) projects will facilitate lower costs and shorter construction timelines for subsequent nth-of-a-kind (NOAK) reactors due to wide-scale deployment and technological learning. Utilities and other customers that gain early experience with FOAK or early NOAK projects will be in competitive positions to become technology leaders. Property of the Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA). For more information about advanced reactor deployments, please contact vibarrajr@nuclearinnovationalliance.org.