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Tue, May 26, 2020

European energy security and the critical role of transatlantic energy cooperation

Transatlantic cooperation is essential to European energy security, which is and should remain a key national security priority for the United States. European energy security is crucial for the maintenance of a strong European economy and for European political stability, both of which are in the best interests of the United States. This report recommends that the United States and the EU focus their energy cooperation in several areas that will benefit the EU’s efforts to meet climate targets and that, at the same time, will also bolster energy security.

Report by Richard L. Morningstar, András Simonyi, Olga Khakova, Jennifer T. Gordon

Energy & Environment Europe & Eurasia

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Wed, May 20, 2020

EnergySource Innovation Stream: Advanced nuclear technologies

ONLINE EVENT – Dr. Jose Reyes, chief technology officer and co-founder of NuScale Power, discusses the latest advancements in small modular reactor (SMR) design, commercialization, and deployment.

4:00pm ONLINE EVENT

Wed, May 6, 2020

Virtual fireside chat with H.E. Mohamed Al Hammadi, chief executive officer of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation

ONLINE EVENT – H.E. Mohamed Al Hammadi, Chief Executive Officer of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), discusses the progress being made at the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the importance of a reliable and secure electricity system during a crisis.

12:00pm ONLINE EVENT

Fri, May 1, 2020

Restoring US nuclear competitiveness: A conversation with Assistant Secretary for the US Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy Dr. Rita Baranwal

ONLINE EVENT—The recently released Nuclear Fuel Working Group report, “Restoring America’s Competitive Nuclear Energy Advantage,” gathers expert recommendations from across the US government to reestablish leadership in the nuclear fuel cycle, reactor design, and exports. Dr. Baranwal discusses these recommendations and more in a moderated discussion with Dr. Jennifer Gordon.

10:30am ONLINE EVENT

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Fri, Aug 7, 2020

Cohen in Forbes: ITER, The World’s Largest Nuclear Fusion Project: A Big Step Forward

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Energy & Environment Energy Markets & Governance

Fri, Jul 24, 2020

Searching for the missing link: Options for firm zero-carbon power

“Firm” zero-carbon generation resources, which are not necessarily intended to run all the time, but can be available at any time, will be needed to complement renewable resources in the future, without emitting the CO2 produced by today’s fossil energy system. These resources might include, for example, fossil-fuel power plants with carbon capture, nuclear power plants with improved dispatchability, geothermal power, and bio-fueled generators. But the path to developing, and certainly deploying, such resources has been slower and more fraught than for renewables; these “firm” electricity generation resources represent a missing link in the path towards a decarbonized electricity grid.

EnergySource by Stephen Greene

Energy & Environment Nuclear Energy

Wed, Jun 17, 2020

Innovation can break the gridlock on nuclear waste

Innovation has always been a key tenet of the nuclear power industry. With scientific consensus building that nuclear power must play a significant role in mitigating climate change, there has been renewed focus on fuel design and fuel cycle research to support the next generation of nuclear technology. This attention also creates an opportunity to reinvigorate innovation on back-end technologies that may prove to be the key to circumventing the longtime political impasse on nuclear waste.

EnergySource by Michelle Brechtelsbauer

Energy & Environment Nuclear Energy

Wed, Jun 3, 2020

US nuclear energy leadership: The way forward

The recently released report, Restoring America’s Competitive Nuclear Energy Advantage, commissioned by the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Nuclear Fuel Working Group, is an important step forward for US national security, the battle against climate change, and the health of the US economy. After decades of misguided policy, this report puts the United States back on track in leading a worldwide nuclear energy system that is effective, reliable, and carbon free.

EnergySource by Amb. Thomas Graham Jr.

Energy & Environment Nuclear Energy

Mon, Jun 1, 2020

Atlantic Council announces membership in Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy network

WASHINGTON, DC—June 1, 2020—On behalf of the Atlantic Council, President and CEO Frederick Kempe has announced his membership in Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy (GCNP), a leadership network that brings together heads of organizations working in nuclear policy who are committed to breaking down gender barriers and making gender equality a working reality within their […]

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Nuclear Energy

Tue, May 26, 2020

European energy security and the critical role of transatlantic energy cooperation

Transatlantic cooperation is essential to European energy security, which is and should remain a key national security priority for the United States. European energy security is crucial for the maintenance of a strong European economy and for European political stability, both of which are in the best interests of the United States. This report recommends that the United States and the EU focus their energy cooperation in several areas that will benefit the EU’s efforts to meet climate targets and that, at the same time, will also bolster energy security.

Report by Richard L. Morningstar, András Simonyi, Olga Khakova, Jennifer T. Gordon

Energy & Environment Europe & Eurasia

Wed, May 6, 2020

ENEC’s Mohamed Al Hammadi: COVID-19 won’t delay Barakah nuclear plant

Construction of the Barakah nuclear energy plant in the United Arab Emirates—the first commercial nuclear power station in the Middle East—won’t be significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the economic upheaval it has unleashed upon the world. That’s the word from Mohamed Al Hammadi, CEO of Emirates Nuclear Energy Corp. (ENEC), which is building […]

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

Nuclear Energy The Gulf

Fri, Mar 6, 2020

A new energy strategy for the Western Hemisphere

The Western Hemisphere is full of potential and we have the opportunity to galvanize it into an energy powerhouse. This new US energy strategy for the Western Hemisphere will help raise the global competitiveness of the hemisphere, advance its shared prosperity, and improve national and energy security as a result.

Report by David L. Goldwyn

Americas Climate Change & Climate Action

Wed, Feb 26, 2020

The trade war we want China to win: China’s nuclear exports can challenge Russian dominance

Russia and China are competing for nuclear industry market share, not working together to dominate, and China’s rise gives Russia a real competitor in nuclear energy—that is good for the United States.

EnergySource by David Yellen

China Geopolitics & Energy Security

Fri, Feb 21, 2020

Cohen in Forbes: Rolls-Royce reignites the race to build mini-nuclear power plants

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