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    Nuclear Energy

    The management of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste from civilian nuclear activities remains a problematic issue for many nuclear power countries, and the United States is no exception. A final geological repository has yet to be established in the U.S.,...

    A growing number of nuclear power plants throughout the United States face the prospect of premature shutdown and decommissioning, leading many to dismiss nuclear power as expensive and economically uncompetitive. However, many of the recent reactor shutdowns...

    Interest in advanced nuclear technologies is increasing during a time of uncertainty for the global nuclear industry, which is facing strong competition from low-cost natural gas and renewables. Next-generation nuclear technologies have the potential for significantly...

    Growing global energy demand and the increasing importance of energy decarbonization warrant the expansion of nuclear power worldwide. Nevertheless, innovative ideas will be needed so that nuclear can meet the energy needs of the future. Energy distribution...

    July 12-15, 2016 Idaho National Laboratory Boise, Idaho, United States After a few-year hiatus, the Trilateral Nuclear Energy Dialogue resumed in Boise, Idaho. Throughout the course of the dialogue, participants sat in closed-door workshop sessions, listened...

    Although nuclear power generates about 20% of U.S. electricity and almost two-thirds of the country's carbon-free electricity, much of the domestic fleet is under threat of premature closure because current policies and market structures do not adequately value...

    In recent years, numerous companies and entities seeking to develop and commercialize advanced nuclear power technologies have emerged in the United States. These technologies, which differ significantly from the conventional light water reactors (LWRs) currently...

    Although much of the current attention on small modular reactors (SMRs) in the U.S. is focused on light water reactor (LWR) technologies, non-light water based SMR designs are currently being developed that may improve upon the inherent deployability, operability,...

    The 2016 Nuclear Industry Summit (NIS) will include a final joint statement from the reports from working groups and previous summits, underscoring the important role of the nuclear industry internationally in setting high standards and best practices for the...

    The United States House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology has authority over all matters related to energy research, development, and demonstration projects, including commercial applications of energy technology, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) RD&D...

    The globalized nature of the civil nuclear supply chain and the expansion of NPP construction outside of Europe and North America have increased the urgency of enhanced cooperation between the U.S. and the Republic of Korea in nuclear energy. Both countries...

    In cooperation with the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEIA), GABI organized a public event in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History on possible future pathways and opportunities for the US-Korea civil nuclear partnership....

    The International Trade Administration (ITA) is the lead trade promotion agency of the U.S. Government, with a global network of centers that seek to bolster U.S. export competitiveness through developing international markets, raising awareness of commercial...

    Both the U.S. and Korea have faced significant issues in achieving progress on spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste management. Although Korea recently opened a low-and-intermediate level waste facility at Gyeongju, it did so at a significant cost, and...

    Given the imperative of simultaneously addressing growing global energy needs and climate change, nuclear power will be a necessity rather than an option. In order to meet climate goals, new nuclear build must occur at a pace far greater than what is currently...

    Nuclear science and engineering education is essential because of the unique fundamentals and design of reactor cores and radiation systems. Engineers and physicists from other disciplines cannot replace nuclear engineers, particularly on work involving reactor...

    Initiating a new build nuclear power program requires entrant states to consider a broad array of considerations, including financing arrangements, organizational and contractual structures, and stakeholder relationships. Entrant states must also pay attention...

    Proponents of small modular reactors (SMRs) claim that they can improve the economics of nuclear power by reducing upfront capital costs, decrease times for reactor construction, and expand possibilities for siting and locating nuclear plants. SMRs can theoretically...

    Decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) should be conducted in a manner consistent with placing utmost priority on the safety of workers, the public, and the environment. Perhaps the major cost driver for D&D activities is the volume of material that needs...

    Fast neutron reactor technology has received significant interest from numerous nuclear power countries given its inherent advantages in terms of safety, sustainability, and uranium utilization. Collaboration in fast reactor RD&D, particularly in bilateral...

    Although today's commercial light water reactor technology will be the cornerstone of the nuclear power industry in the upcoming decades, Generation IV technologies have the potential to significantly push the envelope on passive safety, resource utilization,...

    One of the fundamental advantages of nuclear power is its peerless reliability—U.S. nuclear plants have consistently operated at above 90% capacity factor on average over the last several years, and are highly resilient to supply disruptions, weather...

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working to finalize rules for its Clean Power Plan, governing new and existing sources under Section 111 of the Clean Air Act. EPA plans to set standards, regulations, and guidelines to address carbon pollution from...

    According to authoritative studies, nuclear power will be indispensable in meeting the challenges of soaring global energy demand and carbon mitigation. Next generation nuclear technologies, such as the Integral Fast Reactor (IFR), address issues traditionally...

    Although the Gyeongju Low-to-Intermediate Level Waste (LILW) Repository has been cleared to begin operations, the path towards siting and establishing the repository was tortuous and fraught with numerous difficulties. Although the Korean government took various...

    The continued expansion of nuclear power worldwide, particularly in various countries throughout Asia, has presented new opportunities in the international nuclear market. However, the US nuclear industry presently faces considerable challenges that have the...

    Nuclear power is the largest carbon-free energy source in the US, with a steady and predictable cost of electricity that is not subject to fluctuations as with conventional fossil fuels. Although the US remains the largest producer of nuclear generated electricity...

    According to most reports, the US-ROK 123 negotiations were expected to conclude by the end of 2014. However, more recent developments suggest that the negotiations will bleed over into 2015. Although it is accepted that the main points of the agreement have...

    Although 2013 public opinion polls in the ROK regarding nuclear weapons development came as a surprise to many, further examination of survey studies over the past two decades reveal declining public support for a tit-for-tat strategy in response to North Korea’s...

    With help from the Energy Policy Institute of Chicago (EPIC), GABI organized a seminar for students and faculty at the University of Chicago on the development of advanced nuclear energy technologies in Korea. The seminar was moderated by Professor Robert Rosner,...

    In close collaboration with WorldChicago and Korea Economic Institute of America, GABI organized a public forum entitled, "Energizing the US-Korea Partnership: Enhancing Nuclear Energy Cooperation Between the US and ROK." The forum took place at the...

    Political instability in the Middle East and geopolitical disputes between the US and Russia pose grave threats to energy security worldwide. While the shale gas revolution has dramatically improved energy independence in the US, many countries throughout the...

    By mid-century, the world population is expected to rise to approximately 10 billion people. Seeking a safe, reliable, and environmentally friendly means to provide energy to this exploding population is a global imperative, and fast reactors have the potential...

    With increasing domestic requirements and aspirations to become a global supplier of nuclear power technology, the Korean nuclear industry has been very active as of late in engaging with overseas uranium mining and enrichment projects. For instance, in 2010,...

    On July 28th, GABI partnered with the Foundation for Nuclear Studies (FNS) in organizing a Capitol Hill briefing on recent progress and developments in nuclear power safety and regulation.  The briefing featured two very high level figures: Dr. Soon-Heung...

    Prior to 2001, KEPCO was a vertically integrated state-owned enterprise involved in all stages of Korea’s electricity industry. Central planning essentially determined the fuel type, size, and location of all generation, in addition to long term plans...

    The diffusion of sensitive nuclear technologies, particularly uranium enrichment, has led to repeated calls for internationalization of the nuclear fuel cycle. However, the realization of international/multilateral fuel cycle arrangements has faced significant...

    Shale gas has had a profound impact on the US energy landscape. The emergence of hydraulic fracturing technologies, the availability of large water resources, and the existence of an expansive natural gas pipeline infrastructure have unlocked vast domestic...

    Working with the Embassy of France and the US Nuclear Infrastructure Council (USNIC), GABI organized a high-level workshop on national and local perspectives on the back-end nuclear fuel cycle. The event took place at the Embassy of France in Washington, DC,...

    The Republic of Korea’s most recent energy plan includes approximately one-third of all electricity generation from nuclear in ten years, which will require about a dozen further reactors constructed and completed by 2024. Given this plan and the country’s...

    Combining advances in proton accelerator research and molten salt reactor concepts tested by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, accelerator driven subcritical reactors (ADSR) have the potential to enhance nuclear safety, waste management, and global nonproliferation....

    The $8 billion global uranium enrichment market is presently dominated by gas centrifuge technology. Although the majority of commercial enrichment services were provided by gaseous diffusion processes less than twenty years ago, virtually all enrichment for...

    Since the signing of the first nuclear cooperation agreement between the US and Korea in 1956, the US-ROK civil nuclear partnership has undergone significant evolution—although Korea was at first entirely dependent upon the US for nuclear power technology,...

    In terms of the production of nuclear fuel, the US is self-sufficient only in fuel fabrication—US in situ recovery of uranium produces only a small percentage of uranium consumed in US reactors, US conversion capacity falls just short of satisfying domestic...

    In partnership with the US Nuclear Infrastructure Council (USNIC), GABI hosted a two-day event in Seoul on spent nuclear fuel management beginning on March 18, 2014. The program included a technical workshop and a site visit to Sedae Enertech in Gunsan, where...

    President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy has prompted firm US support for domestic nuclear energy projects and international collaborations in nuclear power. The administration’s current policy seeks to develop and maintain diversity in...

    The huge capital costs and long development/construction periods associated with nuclear power plant construction present significant challenges in the financing of such projects. Although return on investment will always be a fundamental concern for any financial...

    While uranium enrichment is a necessary step in the production of fuel for light water reactors, there are nevertheless proliferation concerns regarding the technology because commercial operations can potentially be abused to produce weapons-usable material....

    As a result of the political impasse over Yucca Mountain, US nuclear waste management strategy has largely been driven by the government’s reaction to the recommendations posed by the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future (BRC). Although...

    November 5-7, 2013 ​Daejeon and Gyeongju, Republic of Korea The first ever Trilateral Nuclear Energy Dialogue meeting to be held outside of the United States took place in the Republic of Korea. During a period of three days, participants visited various...

    A critical element of closed nuclear fuel cycles is the fast neutron reactor. Although fast reactor technology has been in existence since the dawn of commercial nuclear power, its deployment has been obstructed by various political, economic, and technical...

    Partnering with the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) and the US-Korea Institute at SAIS (USKI), GABI organized an off-the-record briefing featuring various presentations on US leadership in the civil nuclear realm and the importance of international...

    Given the tremendous aftermath of 3/11 in Japan and throughout the world, it has been widely accepted that exogenous shocks, particularly momentous crises such as Fukushima, have been the main drivers of Japanese nuclear energy policy. However, a more thorough...

    At its core, prospect theory claims that states are risk averse when in a gains domain and risk acceptant when in a losses domain. Between 1950 and 1990, major nuclear fuel cycle decisions were made in both the Republic of Korea and Japan; an analysis of these...

    Within the 10-year US-ROK Joint Fuel Cycle Studies (JFCS), the Safeguards and Security Working Group seeks to establish the proliferation implications and safeguardability of possible commercial pyroprocessing. In other words, its primary objective is to determine...

    Since the dawn of the nuclear age, there have been repeated attempts at internationalizing or securing multilateral involvement in front-end fuel cycle activities, particularly uranium enrichment. However, these efforts have generally been met with failure....

    KAERI, GABI, KNPS organized seminar titled “US-Korea Nuclear Cooperation” on July 10 at Lotte Hotel, Seoul Korea. The U.S. delegation, Paul Dickman from Argonne National Laboratory, Tom Blees from the Science Council, Walter Howes from Verdigris...

    The entry into force of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in 1970 has largely been the reason why the fears of a tide of nuclear weapons proliferation following World War II have not been realized. The NPT has been the most widely acceded to arms control treaty...

    Although South Korea and the US agreed to extend their existing 123 agreement for two years this past May, the two sides are nevertheless still at odds on the issue of enrichment and reprocessing. While South Korea seeks programmatic consent to enrich uranium...

    In collaboration with the East Asia Institute (EAI), GABI hosted a private roundtable featuring an intimate group of notable experts on the issues of the US-ROK 123 agreement. The roundtable featured presentations from experts from both the US and South Korea,...

    Exelon is the largest gas and electric company in the United States and currently operates 25 nuclear power plants utilizing various reactors and technologies. Presently, Exelon is working with KEPCO and KHNP in order to improve safety and operations at Korean...

    May 7-10, 2013 Savannah River Site (SRS) and Vogtle Power Plant Augusta, Georgia and South Carolina, United States GABI, FAS, and Mansfield hosted Meeting 2 of the Trilateral Nuclear Energy Dialogue in Augusta, Georgia. The program included site visits...

    In the dawn of the Park Geun-hye Administration in South Korea, the US-ROK 123 negotiations may arguably be the greatest concern for the immediate future of this important bilateral relationship. The outcome of the negotiations could potentially serve as a...

    Given the increasing world demand for energy and the growth of global greenhouse gas emissions, nuclear power has become an imperative rather than simply an energy option. While renewable energy technologies continue to develop, nuclear energy will have to...

    As the unofficial deadline for reaching an agreement in the 123 negotiations between the US and South Korea reaches closer, tensions and instability on the Korean Peninsula and the surrounding region have complicated the 123 process from the perspective of...

    Following its landmark deal with the UAE, South Korea’s nuclear industry has been seeking to expand both domestically and globally. Nuclear power will remain a critical piece of South Korea’s energy mix during the next few decades, and many countries...

    The future growth and development of nuclear power will likely be dependent upon international public-private partnerships—while industry cannot take the lead in this sector, national governments in some regions are becoming incapable of financing nuclear...

    Former State Department Spokesman Philip Crowley coined the term “gold standard” in August 2010 in discussing the US-UAE 123 agreement. Since that time, the gold standard has come to refer to state commitments to renounce enrichment and reprocessing...

    Sustained operation of nuclear power plants eventually results in the wearing and aging of plant components, mainly from metal corrosion, fatigue, fatigue crack growth, and fracture toughness degradation through neutron irradiation. Of particular concern in...

    The current US-ROK 123 Agreement for Cooperation on Civil Uses of Atomic Energy entered into force in 1973, and after having been active for nearly forty years, is set to expire in March 2014. To avoid a lapse, it is believed that a new agreement between the...

    Cooperation on the front end of the nuclear fuel cycle has largely referred specifically to uranium enrichment. In this regard, there are typically two approaches towards front end cooperation: a state can invest and purchase stakes in a foreign enrichment...

    While the back-end of the nuclear fuel cycle has been the focus of considerable political attention and controversy, the front-end also presents its own unique challenges and complex issues. Fuel production for commercial nuclear plants consists of four basic...

    Current US policies regarding nuclear energy exports reflect the realities of a bygone era, when the US held a monopoly over nuclear power technology. With the diffusion of nuclear technology and the ever-growing demand for energy throughout the world, the...

    The current deadlock between the US and South Korea over renegotiation of their 123 Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement lies in the thorny subject of enrichment and reprocessing (E&R)—while it is US policy to discourage transfer of E&R technologies...

    In response to a 1977 NRDC lawsuit challenging the basis of licensing reactors, the NRC issued the original Waste Confidence Rule in 1984, essentially expressing assurance that safe disposal of spent fuel in a geologic repository was technically feasible and...

    There is widespread recognition that the current pace of fossil fuel usage will necessarily lead to climate change and other deleterious global effects. Within the US, market forces have decreased carbon emissions to record levels with the emergence of cheap...

    August 19-23, 2012 Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) ​Albuquerque and Carlsbad, New Mexico, United States The inaugural meeting of the Trilateral Nuclear Energy Dialogue took place in New Mexico. While the meetings and base of operations were located...

    The need to engage and educate the public about nuclear energy and its associated benefits and risks has always been a vital task for the nuclear industry, and is even more so now following the Fukushima accident. Throughout the world, public concern over the...

    The US-South Korea civil nuclear relationship is one that will likely help shape the future of global nuclear power. If managed and cultivated carefully, the partnership will be instrumental in setting universal standards for safety, security, and nonproliferation,...

    Computer modeling is utilized to evaluate the risks of radiation releases from nuclear plants in various ways: estimating the general probability and consequences of severe nuclear accidents by factoring in a wide spectrum of technical, historical, geographical,...

    While the merits of closing the nuclear fuel cycle are normally debated in technical and economic terms, security issues are often set aside as secondary concerns in such discussions. South Korea, Japan, and China have long expressed interest in developing...

    With few viable energy alternatives, South Korea relies on nuclear power to meet its growing energy demands and limit its greenhouse gas emissions. However, Korea faces significant challenges in the management of spent nuclear fuel, stemming from geographical...

    South Korea began its nuclear energy development by borrowing heavily from American technology – its first commercial power plant was built as a turnkey project from Westinghouse in the late 1970s. Decades later, Korea has become a global leader in nuclear...

    The Global America Business Institute partnered with the Foundation for Nuclear Studies to organize a luncheon briefing on the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul. This briefing was intended to be a review of the March summit, and featured a panel of three...

    While the US government has been obligated to collect and permanently dispose of commercial nuclear waste from American reactor sites under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, it has yet to take possession of even an atom of this waste. Although the Blue Ribbon Commission...

    In concert with President Lee Myung-Bak’s aspirations to increase South Korea’s profile on the global stage, the Republic of Korea is hosting the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in Seoul on March 26-27. The NSS series was proposed by US President...

    Although there is widespread recognition of the benefits of nuclear energy throughout the world, there is also near unanimity in the aversion towards spent fuel management. The Republic of Korea represents a perfect example of this phenomenon – while...

    South Korea's experience with nuclear power stands in stark contrast to that of the North; the ROK has enjoyed decades of peaceful use while Pyongyang continues to gather notoriety for its weapons program. The ROK began humbly in its nuclear energy development...

    America's commitment to global nonproliferation has generated friction in its relationships in Northeast Asia, as countries in the region continue to aggressively pursue sensitive nuclear technologies. US worries over North Korea's recently reported...

    Today, nuclear power constitutes 14% of total electricity use and 8% of total energy use worldwide. Nevertheless, the notion of a "nuclear renaissance" is limited to specific countries and regions, particularly those with critical energy security...

    Renewable Energy

    In cooperation with KIER and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), GABI hosted an intimate gathering of experts and professionals from the policy, technical, and business communities to discuss issues with respect to zero-energy buildings, homes,...

    Although combating climate change and reducing carbon emissions have recently been viewed as the responsibility of the international community and national governments, the critical role of the private sector in global carbon mitigation has been underappreciated....

    In partnership with the Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER) and the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, GABI organized a major symposium at the Energy Research Institute at Montana State University (MSU) to discuss issues of international cooperation in...

    Ever increasing urgency in finding solutions to global climate change has magnified the imperative of facilitating the growth and development of clean and renewable energy sources. Indeed, expert analyses suggest that de-carbonization of the energy sector...

    Although recent progress in international climate change talks has highlighted the essential role of state-level cooperation in addressing the climate issue, significant progress has also occurred at the sub-state level, most notably cities. There are a number...

    In the lead-up to the Paris 2015 Climate Change Conference, there is considerable optimism that a durable and strong international climate agreement will materialize. Although the framework of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) faces some...

    Energy storage promises to shake the very foundations of how energy is transmitted and distributed in the United States and globally. As more countries and companies invest in different technologies, energy storage will play a prominent role due to its size,...

    Growth in renewable energy has shaken traditional notions of power distribution in the United States and globally. The traditional electric grid has many drawbacks—there are significant system inefficiencies and energy losses, limited one-way flow and...

    To address issues of soaring global energy demand, energy security, and carbon mitigation, a variety of technologies and means may be feasibly developed and deployed. Energy storage, smart grids and micro grids, energy efficiency, carbon capture, and renewable...

    Numerous countries and territories in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean have made efforts to decrease their dependence upon fossil fuels and take advantage of their considerable renewables potential. Aruba, for instance, has set ambitious goals...

    The three major recent developments in the global energy market - the Fukushima accident, opacity in global climate change policies, and low oil prices stemming from the emergence of shale gas - have had significant effects on the Republic of Korea because...

    Solar energy is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, in large part due to the rapidly falling costs of photovoltaics. Under the US Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, an objective has been set to reduce the cost of solar to 6 cents...

    GABI and Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER) organized a joint workshop on "Overcoming Challenges to Increasing Integration and Deployment of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technologies" on December 16, 2014. The workshop featured presentations...

    Energiewende is built upon the position that the previous business as usual approach to energy is not sustainable and will cause economic and ecologic damage. The three pillars of Energiewende are renewable energy, energy efficiency and future grid. In the...

    In partnership with the Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER), the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), Hunton & Williams LLP, the Republic of Korea Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Republic of Korea Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy...

    Wind power is one of the most widely deployed sources of renewable energy in the world today, and although most global wind power capacity is concentrated in three major markets—the US, Europe, and China—it is increasingly drawing interest in the...

    Federal incentives are merely one of the many drivers that affect the US renewable electricity market. Other factors that affect US renewables deployment include state renewable electricity requirements, electricity demand growth, infrastructure replacement...

    As the 1973 Oil Embargo demonstrated how dependent the United States is on foreign energy sources, it is necessary for the United States to advance alternative energy sources, and the growth of renewable energy technologies is contributing to a diverse and...

    Interest in renewable energy has grown in recent times due to the need for enhanced energy resilience and diversity in energy sources, increased sensitivity to environmental and air quality issues, heightened awareness of carbon emissions and climate change,...

    With the Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER), the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea (MOFA), GABI organized a large two-day conference on green energy technologies, including new...

    In partnership with the Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER) and the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), GABI organized a workshop on collaborative opportunities between the US and South Korea on renewable energy policies and technologies. For...

    News and Announcement

    On Tuesday, November 15th, GABI, in collaboration with Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP), hosted the inaugural meeting of the Korea Energy Working Group in Washington, DC. The meeting featured formal presentations prepared by Verdigris Capital LLC, and the discussion touched upon topics such as the future of U.S. energy...

    Media and Publications

    NEIK had the pleasure and honor of interview Mr. Timothy Frazier, former Federal Officer of the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future (BRC) and former Senior Official at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Mr. Frazier offered his thoughts on the...

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