Over the last 20 years, the U.S. has added just one reactor. At best, two more will come online in the 2020s. Meanwhile, seven have shut down since 2013, and another 12 may shut down by 2025. That’s a lot of clean, reliable generation lost from a grid that’s increasingly dependent on intermittent renewables. If the U.S. is to regain its leadership role, it needs a visionary like Rickover who can spearhead a well-funded program to develop a new generation of reactors that will be more competitive, safer, and produce less waste than existing ones. Just as Rickover did, that visionary will need to work across organizational and institutional boundaries, accept responsibility for hard choices among possible options, and lead those choices across the finish line.
The Hill 7th Aug 2019 read more »
US plans to build nuclear test ‘fast’ reactor. The Department of Energy said it will develop an Environmental Impact Statement to study the impacts of building a ‘Versatile Test Reactor’.
Energy Live News 8th Aug 2019 read more »