Nuclear Innovation: Clean Energy Future

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Nuclear Innovation: Clean Energy Future (NICE Future) is an international initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial.

NICE Future is led by the United States, Canada and Japan. Participating countries include Argentina, Poland, Romania, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.

34%
of the world's clean electricity currently comes from nuclear energy.

What is the NICE Future Initiative?

NICE Future aims to ensure that nuclear energy receives appropriate representation in high-level discussions about clean energy.

The initiative engages diverse stakeholders to focus on full-scale nuclear for baseload electricity as well as innovative, next-generation technologies and integrated renewable-nuclear energy systems across four key areas:

  • Technology evaluations of innovative energy systems and uses
  • Engagement of policy makers and stakeholders in future energy choices
  • Valuation, market structure, and ability to finance
  • Communicating nuclear energy’s role in clean, integrated energy systems
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NICE Future News

11 Reasons why DOE is all in on new nuclear
11 accomplishments by DOE supporting the development of advanced reactors in the United States.
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Breakthroughs: The Untold Story of Nuclear as a Clean Energy Enabler
NICE Future initiative releases a new book at the Clean Energy Ministerial focusing on near-term innovations in nuclear energy.
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U.S., Canada Energy Leaders Announce New Book on Nuclear Innovation in Clean Energy
Book highlights new technologies and approaches, such as advanced Small Modular Reactors, Generation IV technologies, and more.
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U.S. Joins International Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Women's Leadership Effort
The U.S. is now a signatory to the International Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Technology Collaboration Program.
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DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy Leads NICE Future Event at COP 24
DOE applauds discussion about nuclear energy at COP24 event.
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Could hydrogen help save nuclear?
One opportunity is to utilize nuclear’s thermal heat and electricity to produce hydrogen.
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Nuclear Highlighted as Clean Energy Source at Multinational Conference
Nuclear energy and its emission-free benefits were discussed at the IFNEC conference in Tokyo, Japan.
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3 Reasons Why Nuclear is Clean and Sustainable
Most people immediately think of solar panels or wind turbines as clean energy, but how many of you thought of nuclear energy?
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Challenges and Opportunities Facing Nuclear Energy in an Energy Transitions Context: Innovation and Actions to Advance Clean Nuclear Energy
This conference will continue, under the framework of IFNEC, the dialogue started with the launch of the NICE Future initiative.
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Countries Launch a Nuclear Innovation Initiative under the Clean Energy Ministerial
A new partnership was announced under the leadership of the United States, Canada, and Japan called Nuclear Innovation: Clean Energy Future.
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Department of Energy Launches Two New Clean Energy Initiatives at Ninth Clean Energy Ministerial
The Energy Department launched two new clean energy initiatives for nuclear and carbon capture at the ninth Clean Energy Ministerial in Copenhagen.
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It’s Time for the World to Recognize Nuclear as a Clean Energy Source
New global effort will make sure nuclear has a seat at the table during discussions about innovation and future advanced clean energy systems.
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Challenge Accepted: Millennials Eager To Shape World's Nuclear Narrative
Energy leaders from around the world are challenging millennials to help policy, opinion leaders and their peers to tell nuclear’s clean energy story.
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If you really care about this environment that we live in ... then you need to be a supporter of this [nuclear energy] amazingly clean, resilient, safe and reliable source of energy.

Rick Perry
Secretary of Energy

Background

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has strongly supported the inclusion of reliable, resilient and emission-free nuclear energy in clean energy dialogues. 

At the 8th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), Perry and the United States proposed a new initiative under CEM on nuclear energy.

Recognizing the importance of ministerial-level focus on nuclear energy technology and innovations in furthering the deployment of clean energy, Canada and Japan endorsed the proposal, joining the United States to form the core partners of an initial working group to define the initiative.