The Nuclear Energy Policy Initiative houses the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center‘s work on the ways in which nuclear energy can contribute to US national security and global decarbonization.
The Nuclear Energy Policy Initiative focuses on cross-cutting themes, primarily: the nexus between nuclear energy and national security; international civil nuclear cooperation and competition; the nuclear energy innovation ecosystem; and the role of nuclear energy in decarbonization and the broader energy transition.
in-depth research and reports
Exploring nuclear energy’s future
Working with Atlantic Council experts, the Nuclear Energy Policy Initiative analyzes the role of nuclear energy in national security and in the ongoing energy transition.
Report Apr 24, 2023
The imperative of the Versatile Test Reactor for nuclear innovation
By Jackie Toth, Khalil Ryan
In this report, “The imperative of the Versatile Test Reactor for Nuclear Innovation,” authors Jackie Toth and Khalil Ryan argue that the US will lose its competitive edge against adversaries (especially Russia) if it lacks a fully realized nuclear energy innovation ecosystem, of which the VTR is a crucial component.
Report Nov 28, 2022
Nuclear energy in a low-carbon future: Implications for the United States and Japan
By Stephen S. Greene
Nuclear energy is poised to play a significant role in the secure decarbonization of the entire energy sector, from electricity to industrial uses. Its versatility, reliability, and dispatchability enables it to underpin the emissions-free economy of the future, especially in the later stages of the energy transition. As advanced technologies enter the fray alongside existing ones, nuclear power’s importance in countries like the United States and Japan, in addition to the challenges it faces and the solutions needed to tackle them, will become apparent.
EnergySource Oct 12, 2022
Nuclear energy and global energy security in the new tripolar world order
By Robert F. Ichord, Jr.
As the United States, Russia, and China move into a period of overt confrontation, competition in both the current and next-generation nuclear technology spaces will assume even more importance. Climate concerns only add more urgency to the race to deploy.
EnergySource Aug 31, 2022
Closing nuclear generation amounts to running in place on climate
By Stephen S. Greene
Retiring nuclear plants is the wrong climate move. It jeopardizes energy security, makes grids less reliable, and forces clean energy that could be better used displacing fossil fuel generation to make up for the shortfall.
EnergySource Sep 20, 2022
The Inflation Reduction Act will accelerate clean hydrogen adoption
By Joseph Webster
The IRA makes the production of clean hydrogen far more attractive to investors and generators. Carbon-free hydrogen could fall dramatically in cost by the end of the decade, greatly increasing its competitiveness against dirtier hydrogen sources.
The Nuclear Energy Policy Initiative convenes key stakeholders to address the role that nuclear energy plays in US national security, geopolitical competition and cooperation, and the energy transition.