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Nuclear front group Energy Policy Institute joins with NuScam to promote Small Nuclear Reactors to Australia

US urges Australia to consider nuclear , THE AUSTRALIAN,   ADAM CREIGHTON, ECONOMICS EDITOR, 30 Mar 20

A top Trump administration ­official has urged Australia to join the US in researching and building small “modular” nuclear reactors.Suzanne Jaworowski, chief of staff and senior adviser at the US Department of Energy, said about 45 companies in the US were working on small modular reactors and one could be built in Australia by the mid-2020s

“You could have up to 12 reactor modules each producing 60MW, even more reliably than coal and gas,” she told The Weekend Australian, recommending business and government work with NuScale Power, which is building an SMR in Idaho.

“They are at a point where they could work with a country like Australia,” she said.

Australia’s prohibition on ­nuclear energy, in force since the late 1990s, was “unfortunate”, she said. The growing push for zero emissions by mid-century could only be achieved with nuclear power, on current technology……

A federal inquiry into nuclear power suggested a partial reversal of the 1998 legislative ban on ­nuclear energy late last year. In NSW, state One Nation leader Mark Latham and state Nationals leader John Barilaro are pushing to dump a similar state ban.

Ms Jaworowski, who had to cancel a planned trip to Australia this year because of the corona­virus, said nuclear energy faced a “perception problem”. …… Ms Jaworowski said nuclear energy in the US could be supplied from small modular reactors at about $55 a MwH, “which is very competitive with other forms of energy”.

Liddell coal power station in NSW, with 2000MW capacity, is scheduled to close in 2023. The federal government, which has said lifting the nuclear ban would require bipartisan support, is putting together a “technology road map” to ensure large cuts in carbon emissions by 2050.

Ms Jaworowski said nuclear energy in the US could be supplied from small modular reactors at about $55 a MwH, “which is very competitive with other forms of energy”.

The Energy Policy Institute said the US, Russia and China were in a three-way contest to dominate the global nuclear generation market with SMRs. “The nuclear competition will be good for Australia because we need greater energy security than we’ve got at present,” institute executive director Robert Pritchard said.

March 30, 2020 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, secrets and lies

1 Comment »

  1. From the web – “Before joining DOE more than a year ago, Jaworowski served as the Indiana campaign director for the Trump-Pence campaign. She had previously spent six years as the communications and government affairs director for Sunrise Coal LLC…”.
    From the article – “The Energy Policy Institute said ….institute executive director Robert Pritchard said. ” Guess who is also on the board of this Institute – Trevor St Baker. Coal again.


    Comment by Z | March 30, 2020 | Reply

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