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7 Things We Are Thankful for this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect upon our many blessings. At NEI, we know how fortunate our country is to have reliable, affordable and clean power from nuclear energy.The clean aspect of nuclear is especially important as world leaders meet next week at COP21 to discuss plans to fight climate change. Show More Summary

Thankful for the Light

This is the United States in the 1930s: Although nearly 90 percent of urban dwellers had electricity by the 1930s, only ten percent of rural dwellers did. Private utility companies, who supplied electric power to most of the nation's consumers, argued that it was too expensive to string electric lines to isolated rural farmsteads. Show More Summary

Britain’s Bridge to a Nuclear Future

From Jolly Olde England: The UK's remaining coal-fired power stations will be shut by 2025 with their use restricted by 2023, Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has proposed. A little more: Ms. Rudd wants more gas-fired stations to be built since relying on "polluting" coal is "perverse". Show More Summary

Korsnick on Nuclear Energy & Environmentalists: "Maybe they just don't know us well enough yet."

NEI's Maria Korsnick participated in a panel discussion on energy at the Republic Governors Association annual meeting in Las Vegas yesterday. NEI's Mike McGarey passed along this report: NEI's Maria Korsnick with Gov. Sam BrownbackShow More Summary

NEI Expresses Sorrow in Wake of Paris Attacks

This week, NEI's President and CEO Marv Fertel expressed his deepest sympathies regarding the tragic attacks in Paris. Here is his letter to members:I join my colleagues here at NEI and throughout the NEI membership in expressing our deep sadness over the senseless loss of life in last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris. Show More Summary

Waking Up to Nuclear Energy Before COP21

Times are bracing. The first fall chill contributes, of course, but it’s bracing, too, that the spotlight has fallen so strongly upon nuclear energy. The White House Nuclear Energy summit two Fridays ago contributed mightily to thisShow More Summary

Get to Know Our Veterans

Veterans are unique members of American society. I am lucky to have served in the military. I had the opportunity to experience firsthand things most people only read about. From the threat of North Korean nuclear proliferation to tension...Show More Summary

TerraPower: At The Nexus of New Nuclear Technology and Chinese Trade

TerraPower is the nexus of several intersecting nuclear topics, including new technology and the global marketplace. The company, which is developing what it calls a traveling wave reactor, made a deal with the China National Nuclear Corp. Show More Summary

Programming Note: The White House Summit on Nuclear Energy

This has certainly been a busy week for exploring the intersection of nuclear energy and policymaking. First, there was the NEI/Christian Science Monitor presentation on the COP21 conference (see post below for more on that) and today, the focus shifts to the home front with a White House Summit on Nuclear Energy. Show More Summary

An Arc to the Future via COP21

Yesterday, NEI and the Christian Science Monitor sponsored a public meeting to offer a preview of the upcoming COP21 conference. It proved to be exceptionally edifying because the speakers cut straight through the rhetoric surrounding the conference to discuss what is most likely to be accomplished rather than what might be wished for. Show More Summary

I Want a Nuclear Powered iPhone

Michael Purdie The following is a guest post by NEI's Michael Purdie. The Wall Street Journal's Jon Keegan recently published a very interesting infographic on how long your iPhone would keep operating depending on the ultimate power source. Show More Summary

A World Without Nuclear Energy? How About No Energy?

Earlier this year, we discussed the idea of a United States without nuclear energy. It’s a scary thought. But also small potatoes: let’s talk big, let’s talk about a world without any energy. Occasionally, folks who take the Whole Earth...Show More Summary

Spiting Your Nuclear Nose in the Bay State

Here are two views on the closing of Massachusetts’ Pilgrim Generating Station: News that it will close by 2019 has state officials scrambling to fill an expected gap in energy production while meeting ambitious goals to lower greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020. Show More Summary

Ensuring Seismic Safety at America's Nuclear Power Plants

Timothy Rausch The following is a guest post by Timothy Rausch, Talen Energy’s Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer Companies that operate America’s nuclear energy facilities today have made significant progress in their evaluations...Show More Summary

Why Reforming the Reactor Oversight Process is the Right Thing to Do

Jim Slider Fifteen years ago, the NRC and industry cooperated on reforming the way in which NRC decided where to focus its attention across the U.S. fleet of power reactors. Among the guiding principles of the reform was to make NRCShow More Summary

Refueling Outages: Delivering Fresh Fuel and Electricity Reliability

John Keeley Outage management at nuclear power plants over the years has evolved into a sophisticated and meticulously chronicled endeavor, carried out over the course of about 30 days. This month I am being afforded an insider's view...Show More Summary

Getting Smarter About Plant Maintenance at Palo Verde

Bob Bement The following is a guest post by Bob Bement, Senior Vice President of Site Operations at Palo Verde.Palo Verde has taken the lead for a number of industry initiatives, including the implementation of the Diverse and Flexible...Show More Summary

NFPA 805 and Improving Fire Safety at Nuclear Power Plants

An incipient fire detection system at Harris. The following is a guest post by Tom Basso, Director of Engineering Programs, and Elliott Flick, Senior Director of Engineering Operations, at Exelon.Over the course of several decades, the...Show More Summary

Joining the Nuclear Workforce at Palo Verde

NEI's John Keeley In January 2014 NEI made a remarkable investment in my professional development, shipping me out to Arizona for a month so that I could take Plant Systems Training offered by the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station. Show More Summary

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