Nuclear Energy

The following news article originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

An online poll across 24 countries shows nuclear energy has more than 50 percent support in the United States, China, India and Great Britain, but less than majority support in other countries, including Japan, Germany and Italy.

The survey, taken by British polling firm Ipsos MORI, also demonstrated a marked uptick in support in most countries compared to a previous Ipsos poll on the subject taken in April 2011, a month after the accident at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi facility.
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The following news article originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

The use of nuclear energy will continue to increase globally, even though last year’s accident in Japan has curbed expansion, the International Atomic Energy Agency says.

“The Fukushima Daiichi accident resulted in a slowing of the expansion of nuclear power but did not reverse it,” the IAEA’s annual report for 2011 says. “Nuclear power remains an important option for countries, and interest in nuclear power remains high.”
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Industry/Regulatory/Political

  • The International Atomic Energy Agency’s Annual Report for 2011 notes that while the Fukushima Daiichi accident slowed the growth of nuclear energy, it did not reverse it. The IAEA projects at least 90 new reactors to be in operation globally by 2030, a 7 to 8 percent reduction from its pre-accident estimate. Of the 64 reactors under construction at the end of 2011, 26 are in China, 10 in Russia, six in India and five in South Korea, the report said. Asia is expected to continue as the center of new growth, with new reactor projects in the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Vietnam and Bangladesh. The report is to be presented at the IAEA’s annual General Conference in Vienna next month.
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Reactor engineer Kristine Madden stands in front of dry cask storage that store used nuclear fuel at Entergy's Palisades nuclear plant, where she performed periodic surveillance of the casks to check for structural issues.

Reactor Engineer Kristine Madden (Click to enlarge)

As a dedicated young leader in the nuclear energy industry, Kristine Madden, a reactor engineer at Entergy’s Palisades Nuclear Plant in Michigan, is actively involved in collaborating with colleagues to keep the plant safe. Besides pursuing a joint master’s degree in business administration and engineering management, Madden has embraced leadership roles in organizations such as North American Young Generation in Nuclear (NA-YGN), American Nuclear Society (ANS) and Women in Nuclear (WiN). From her constant drive to learn from others and apply best practices, Madden exemplifies all of the qualities the industry looks for in its next-generation workforce.
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The following story originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.

A new report by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum warns that Japan could put its energy security at risk if it turns its back on nuclear energy.

A case study on Japan in the report “New Energy Architecture: Enabling an Effective Transition” notes that since the Fukushima accident there has been an “unprecedented level of debate and stakeholder engagement” in Japan about the country’s energy future.
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