America Pushes Nuclear Option: President Launches Plan for Advanced Nuclear Plants

America truly is exceptional: while plenty of Western democracies are still piling into subsidised wind and solar, the USA is getting out.

Prior to the election of Donald J Trump, the US was on an economy wrecking trajectory, set by renewable energy rent seekers and the eco-zealots that champion their cause: numerous American states, not least Texas and California, as well as the prairies of the mid-west have been overrun with costly and chaotic subsidised wind and solar.

Power prices in those states inevitably rocketed – wind and solar ‘powered’  Californians pay 40% more for power than the US average – threatening homegrown American industry and hundreds of thousands of blue-collar jobs.

Then came Donald Trump, and all that changed.

One of the loudest advocates for wind and solar in the US, Audrey Zibelman was run out of town and ended up in Australia – where she’s clearly determined to destroy our once affordable and reliable power supplies in the same way she would have done in New York State and beyond, had Hillary Clinton taken the Oval Office in 2016.

Average retail power prices across the US are around 1/3 of the power prices that prevail in Australia, and Trump quite obviously wants to keep it that way.

Ditching America’s commitment to the Paris climate treaty, was only one of a raft of measures taken by the President to ensure that the USA remains exceptional, not least as an energy superpower.

Another clearly sensible step in the same direction is beefing up the USA’s enviable fleet of nuclear power plants, with a push towards the next generation of even safer and more efficient plants.

President Trump Signs Bill to Boost Advanced Nuclear in America
Energy.Gov
Department of Energy
28 September 2018

President Donald Trump signed into a law new legislation that will speed up the development of advanced reactors in the United States.

The Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act (NEICA) eliminates some of the financial and technological barriers standing in the way of nuclear innovation.

It also represents a strong commitment by the government to support the commercial nuclear sector, ensuring that the U.S. maintains its leadership around the globe.

The provisions in NEICA build upon the successful private-public partnerships facilitated through the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN), which helps accelerate the development and deployment of advanced reactor technologies.

“There are some truly transformative advanced nuclear technologies being developed in America right now and this bill just reinforces this Administration’s continued efforts to revitalize the nuclear industry,” said Ed McGinnis, principal deputy assistant secretary for the Office of Nuclear Energy.

Cutting regulatory costs
NEICA fosters teamwork between the public and private sector and will help offset some of the upfront costs of licensing new reactors.

The bill calls for a cost-share grant program to cover a portion of the licensing fees charged by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission during its review process for new reactor technologies.

Fast neutron source testing facility
The legislation also directs DOE to move forward with plans to develop a fast neutron source (i.e., a fast test reactor) to accelerate the development of advanced reactor fuels and materials.

This capability doesn’t exist in the United States and is needed to test new reactor materials and fuels for use in advanced reactors.

Advanced reactor demonstrations
The bill directs the Department to facilitate the siting of advanced reactor research demonstration facilities through partnerships between DOE and private industry.

All about the data
Finally, the bill requires DOE to expand its high-performance computing expertise by focusing on the modelling and simulation of advanced nuclear reactors to further accelerate their development.

The national labs, universities and private sector will help develop new software and tools for developers to use to speed up their research on fission and fusion reactors, in addition to space applications.

What’s next?
Secretary of Energy Rick Perry will have 180 days to provide Congress with a report assessing the capabilities of DOE to host and operate experimental advanced nuclear reactors at the national labs or other DOE sites.

The secretary will also submit two 10-year budget plans for nuclear R&D.
Energy.gov

A pair of Texan atomic dynamos, soon to
be joined by more & better units across the States.

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Comments

  1. nickreality65 says:

    It is my contention demonstrated through experiment that since BB radiation from the surface is not possible the 396 W/m^2 upwelling LWIR is a theoretical “what if” calculation and does not in fact exist.
    (TFK_bams09):
    With no source of energy the 333 W/m^2 up/down/”back” GHG energy loop also cannot and does not exist.
    There is no energy for the GHG molecules to absorb/trap and re-emit nor “warm” the atmosphere, earth or water molecules.
    There is no man-caused global warming or climate change.

  2. BoyfromTottenham says:

    cognog2 – like most other technology, if it works and gives better value for money than other alternatives, people (or governments) will buy it. If not, they won’t. Maybe its time just hasn’t come yet, like plug-in electric cars… Unless of course the market for certain alternatives has been distorted by government subsidies, regulations, etc. Then all bets are off – the product with the biggest subsidy probably wins.

  3. At last! This ship is turning around.

    And this time she’s nuclear powered.

    NOT wind powered!

  4. Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    “Prior to the election of Donald J Trump, the US was on an economy wrecking trajectory, set by renewable energy rent seekers and the eco-zealots that champion their cause: numerous American states, not least Texas and California, as well as the prairies of the mid-west have been overrun with costly and chaotic subsidised wind and solar.

    Power prices in those states inevitably skyrocketed – wind and solar ‘powered’ Californians pay 40% more for power than the US average – threatening homegrown American industry and hundreds of thousands of blue-collar jobs.

    Then came Donald Trump, and all that changed.”

    TRUMP making good on yet another election promise to make America an “energy superpower”…

  5. Hope this is true; but why no mention of small, modular liquid salt reactors? Inherently safe, potentially cheap, minimal waste etc. etc. Just needs better materials, good design and public awareness of the huge benefits.
    Currently a NON option in the corridors of the IPCC.

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