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US funds study for small reactor deployment in Romania

The US government committed $14 million for an engineering and design study that would provide the basis for deploying small modular reactors (SMR) for a new nuclear plant in Romania.
Energy 20-06-2022

Berlin to launch ‘painful’ gas saving scheme to secure next winter’s supply

Faced with low gas flows from Russia, the German government will burn more coal in summer, pay industry not to use gas and provide billions of euros in loans to merchants for gas purchasing.
Elections 14-04-2022

Macron faces battle to convince green and radical-left voters

Ahead of the final run-off on 24 April, French President Emmanuel Macron is trying to attract voters who supported the far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Green Yannick Jadot in the first round, yet his approach sometimes borders on greenwashing. 
Energy 13-04-2022

French presidential election: Future of nuclear power and EDF down to voters

Both Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, the candidates that qualified for the second round of the French presidential election, support the revival of nuclear energy. However, they differ in their ambitions, strategies and modus operandi. EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 08-03-2022

Germany rules out prolonging its nuclear power plants

Berlin has ruled out an extension for the runtime of its nuclear fleet, in spite of concerns over the energy supply following threats to stop supplying gas to Germany and the calls for an embargo on Russian energy commodities.
Energy 28-02-2022

Germany considers keeping nuclear power plants online

Amid the ongoing war in Ukraine, the German government is examining every option to keep the country warm and reduce its energy dependence on Russia. Keeping nuclear power plants online is being examined, but may be unlikely.

Germany takes firm pro-gas stance in green taxonomy feedback to EU

In its feedback to Brussels over the EU's sustainable finance taxonomy, Berlin reiterated its opposition to nuclear power while calling on the European Commission to ease restrictions on fossil gas in the transition to a low-carbon energy system.
Energy 18-01-2022

Belgium can extend life of nuclear reactors if it acts soon, watchdog says

Belgium's nuclear regulator gave a provisional green light on Monday to extend the life of two of the country's nuclear power reactors and urged the government to make a final decision on the issue in the first quarter of 2022.
Energy 10-01-2022

Europe nuclear plants ‘need €500bn investment by 2050’: EU commissioner

The European Union will need to invest €500 billion in new generation nuclear power stations from now until 2050, the bloc's internal market commissioner said in an interview published at the weekend.
Electricity 10-12-2021

Nuclear exit to unleash wind power in Northern Germany

The shutdown of the last nuclear power plant in Schleswig-Holstein will unclog the electricity grid and unleash wind power in the northern German state, according to its environment minister Jan Philipp Albrecht, reports Clean Energy Wire.
Energy 02-12-2021

EU’s Simson calls for ‘gearshift’ in nuclear power investments

The EU's energy commissioner, Kadri Simson, called for a "gearshift on investments" in nuclear power in order to extend the lifetime of existing power plants and maintain current production levels until 2050. EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 24-11-2021

German nuclear power shutdown will not lead to power shortage: report

The shutdown of Germany’s last nuclear power plants will not cause supply shortages, according to calculations by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), CLEW reported. 

Austria ready to sue EU over nuclear’s inclusion in green finance taxonomy

Austria’s energy and climate minister Leonore Gewessler told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview that her country was ready to go to court if the EU decides to include nuclear power into the bloc's taxonomy on sustainable finance.

German pro-nuclear activists make rare appearance in Berlin

With Germany set to shut down its last six reactors in 2022, a group of pro-nuclear activists made a rare appearance in Berlin over the weekend in the hope of reversing the decision. Operators, for their part, are wary of another abrupt policy change.

Five EU countries form anti-nuclear alliance at COP26

In face of a French-led push to revive nuclear power in Europe, a group of five EU countries led by Germany have banded together to urge the European Commission to keep nuclear out of the EU's green finance taxonomy.

Germany’s Schulze reiterates opposition to nuclear in EU green finance rules

Germany’s acting environment and nuclear safety minister, Svenja Schulze, reiterated her opposition to nuclear power's inclusion in the EU's green finance taxonomy, saying the upcoming government coalition refuses being placed in front of a fait accompli.
Energy 04-11-2021

Poland’s lack of climate goals leaves experts wanting

Poland was expected to use the COP26 summit to announce its climate neutrality goals as the last country in the EU to do so. But Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s speech, which focussed on problems rather than solutions, was a letdown, experts told EURACTIV.
Electricity 13-10-2021

Intellectuals urge Germany to keep nuclear plants online

“Dear Germany, please keep your nuclear reactors online,” 25 leading foreign and domestic writers, journalists, and intellectuals wrote in a joint letter, warning that dropping nuclear power would only increase Germany's carbon emissions.

10 EU countries back nuclear power in EU green finance taxonomy

“Nuclear power must be part of the solution” to the climate crisis and the rise in energy prices, according to a group of 10 EU countries led by France and Poland who signed a joint opinion article published across major European newspapers on Monday (11 October).

Polish copper giant signs deal with US firm for small nuclear reactors

Polish copper giant KGHM on Thursday (23 September) signed a memorandum of understanding with NuScale Power of the United States for the development of at least four small nuclear reactors to power its plants.
Energy 23-09-2021

US lures Eastern Europe with nuclear power, $23tln clean energy market

The climate crisis presents "a market opportunity for carbon-reducing technologies" such as nuclear power, said US energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, teasing a $23 trillion market to countries in Central and Eastern Europe by 2030.
Energy 10-09-2021

As German election nears, EU plays for time on nuclear’s green recognition

The inclusion of nuclear power in the EU’s green finance taxonomy is “the most likely” outcome in view of the scientific reports submitted to the European Commission in the past months, EU experts believe. But Brussels is not entirely decided yet and is seen playing for time before the German election this month.

Germany leads call to keep nuclear out of EU green finance taxonomy

A group of five EU member states led by Germany have sent a letter to the European Commission asking for nuclear energy to be kept out of the EU’s green finance taxonomy.

LEAK: EU experts to say nuclear power qualifies for green investment label

Experts tasked with assessing whether the European Union should label nuclear power as a green investment will say that the fuel qualifies as sustainable, according to a leaked document.