The Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA) has followed up its report, Advanced Nuclear Technology: A Primer, published last month, with the release of two new reports on the subject—one for policymakers, the other for investors.
For policymakers: According to the NIA, Advanced Nuclear Reactors for State Policymakers, in Brief provides an overview of enabling federal policies and looks at state options to incentivize local development of advanced reactors. In addition, the report features a series of “topical briefs” on the characteristics of advanced reactors with respect to safety, economic benefits, waste remediation, flexibility and dispatchability, and timing and development. The report also contains case studies of state-specific advanced nuclear projects such as the Natrium reactor demonstration project in Wyoming, Energy Northwest’s plans in Washington state, Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems’ consortium for the first light water small modular reactor, and the Nuclear Alternative Project in Puerto Rico.
For investors: Regarding Due Diligence for Advanced Nuclear Technology Companies: A Guide for Potential Investors, NIA executive director Judi Greenwald says, “Investor interest in advanced nuclear energy is growing because it has attributes that can help meet urgent energy and environmental needs, both here and abroad: It is carbon-free, emits no conventional pollution, and is highly reliable. Advanced reactor technology is promising, rapidly evolving, highly regulated, but also unfamiliar to many. The new guide is designed to provide potential investors with helpful context as they begin to navigate the advanced nuclear space.”