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Policy

We believe we can have clean energy that works for the world. Our goal is to research and build the vision to support nuclear energy as a climate solution. Read our policy reports to explore our ideas about how.

On the Road: ECA Forum 2024

“The best advocates for nuclear are not the ones who talk the most, but those who listen.”
On the Road
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May 15, 2024

Good Policy Corner: Nuclear Policy Highlights and RECA Expiration Nears

"All of the civilian nuclear energy policy victories we’re notching won’t guarantee nuclear’s societal progress unless we also work to earn public trust..."
Blog
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Jun 12, 2024

Good Policy Corner: A Lot is Happening in Nuclear that Gives Cause for Optimism

Jackie discusses recent legal and regulatory moves aimed at boosting public support and confidence in nuclear energy.
Blog
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Apr 23, 2024

Policy Letter: NGO Declaration on the Future of Nuclear Energy

"To meet the urgency of the moment, we must expand nuclear energy at an unprecedented pace—but speed cannot come at the price of safety and security."
Letter
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Mar 21, 2024

Over Budget, Overburdened: The Justice Implications of Clean Energy Deployment in Georgia

Cleo takes a look at Georgia for this second case study in our series on equitable clean energy policy design.
Policy Report
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Jan 25, 2024

Public Comment: Response to the Council on Environmental Quality Request for Information on the Environmental Justice Scorecard

"The Environmental Justice Scorecard will be a valuable resource for the public to access transparent, comprehensive data on the federal government's measurable progress..."
Letter
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Jan 18, 2024

Policy Letter: Territories' Equal Access to IRA Tax Credits

"The notice of proposed rulemaking from the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) falls short of providing parity for projects in the territories..."
Letter
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Jan 16, 2024
Nuclear Energy, Community Priority

Our Impact Report 2023

Reflecting and reporting on Good Energy's 2023 Milestones
Special Report
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Jan 10, 2024

Good Energy Reflects: COP28

Jessica and Jackie discuss their impressions of attending and the developments that arose from COP28.
On the Road
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Dec 20, 2023

Panel: New Perspectives on a Changing Climate — Young Voices in Nuclear Energy (VIDEO)

Cleo speaks on our panel about the changing landscape of climate activism and nuclear energy.
Talks
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Nov 28, 2023

Your Good Energy Can Make a Difference This Giving Season!

Your support allows us to continue our crucial work: championing effective climate policies, engaging communities, and pushing for sustainable energy solutions.
Good News
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Nov 27, 2023

Policy Letter: Calling on the NRC to Issue a Policy Statement on Effective Reactor Licensing

"A Commission policy statement aligned on these standards would result in predictable and effective licensing practices that enable the growth of the [industry]..."
Letter
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Nov 14, 2023

Policy Letter: Urging Congress to Encourage the EPA to Update High-Level Nuclear Waste Disposal Regulations

"[T]he current standard for the safe, permanent disposal of high-level nuclear waste, 40 CFR Part 191, should be updated and harmonized with international practices..."
Letter
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Nov 2, 2023
FAQ: RECYCLING NUCLEAR WASTE / NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE / Graphic showing recycling process of nuclear fuel /

FAQ: Recycling Nuclear Waste

Cleo explains the mechanics of recycling and weighs the benefits against the challenges.
Policy Memo
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Oct 12, 2023

Panel Discussion: Next Generation Leadership in Nuclear Energy Policy (VIDEO)

Jackie speaks on a panel at the inaugural Nuclear Energy Policy Summit in New York City.
Talks
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Sep 18, 2023
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Progressive Climate Policies Won the Day Last Cycle. Mainstream Democrats Should Take Note.

Jackie and Jessica dive into the long-lasting impact of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) on climate policy and electoral dynamics.
Blog
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Aug 24, 2023

Report Launch: The Imperative of the Versatile Test Reactor for Nuclear Innovation (VIDEO)

Jackie speaks at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center panel about the report she co-authored with Khalil.
Talks
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Jul 13, 2023
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Reverse Robin Hood: Clean Energy Policy Impacts on Energy Equity and Grid Reliability in California

Cleo looks at California’s experience with implementing clean energy policies and analyzes the unintended consequences.
Policy Report
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Jun 24, 2023
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State of Play: Atomic Diplomacy

Khalil gives an overview of post-World War II international cooperation on nuclear energy.
State of Play
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Jun 22, 2023

Policy Letter: Supporting the Request of the Grand Canyon Tribal Coalition to Establish the Baaj Nwaavjo I'tah Kukveni Grand Canyon National Monument

Jackie and Cleo wrote to the Biden administration in support of designating the 1 million acres of land as a national monument.
Letter
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Jun 22, 2023
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Good Energy Reflects: ECA Nuclear Development Forum

“It’s easy for us to talk about the coal-to-nuclear transition from Washington, D.C. It’s another thing to live in a coal community and look out toward an uncertain future.”
On the Road
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May 30, 2023
JCFP

Justice Champions Fellowship Program

Along with our partners, we are proud to launch this undergraduate fellowship program for current HBCU students.
Good News
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May 24, 2023
A Conversation on Nuclear Disarmament/ Featuring Dr. Vincent Intondi/ Author of "Saving the World from Nuclear War"

Panel: A Conversation on Nuclear Disarmament (feat. Dr. Vincent Intondi) (VIDEO)

A virtual author talk on the history and state of play of nuclear disarmament
Events
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May 15, 2023
The imperative is clear: Congress must reverse course and resume robust year-on-year funding toward the VTR project...

The Imperative of the Versatile Test Reactor for Nuclear Innovation

Jackie and Khalil explain why we need to build the Versatile Test Reactor (VTR), a research reactor that would stimulate U.S. innovation and deepen global partnerships.
Policy Report
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May 4, 2023
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Good Energy Reflects: 2023 MIT Energy Conference

Khalil and Cleo discuss their experiences at the 2023 MIT Energy Conference.
On the Road
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Apr 19, 2023

Public Comment: Response to the U.S. Department of Energy Request for Information on the Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation (FESI)

"[A]s a potential FESI stakeholder, we take interest in ensuring that the establishment of FESI achieves its mission..."
Letter
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Apr 17, 2023
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State of Play: Nuclear Weapons Testing

Khalil and Cleo examine the impact and legacy of nuclear weapons testing.
State of Play
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Apr 5, 2023
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Good Energy Reflects: SXSW 2023

"I left the conference admiring the young activists I met who are innovating daily on how best to reach, communicate with, and organize their peers."
On the Road
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Mar 30, 2023
Good Energy Collective -- Our Collective Thoughts

Good Energy Reflects: Women in Energy Who Inspire Us

We believe that their stories are an inspiration to all of us, and we hope that you will join us in celebrating their achievements.
Our Collective Thoughts
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Mar 28, 2023

In Response to CounterPunch's Opinion Piece “Nuclear Guinea Pigs: NRC’s Licensing of Experimental Nuclear Plants”

"[C]alling willing and participating communities 'guinea pigs' isn’t fair to areas that see real opportunities in the creation of new nuclear."
Blog
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Feb 11, 2023
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NARUC Panel: Nuclear Energy: What Does the Public Think? (VIDEO)

Jackie discusses support for maintaining existing nuclear plants at a National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners panel.
Talks
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Dec 21, 2022
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Good Energy Reflects: The 2022 Midterm Elections

"It’s inspiring to see voters across our country rewarding the passage of monumental climate legislation in the midterms."
Blog
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Dec 19, 2022
Good Energy Collective -- Our Collective Thoughts

Good Energy Reflects: "Silkwood" and "The China Syndrome"

Our thoughts and impressions of two films with nuclear energy themes: "The China Syndrome" (1979) and "Silkwood" (1983).
Our Collective Thoughts
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Dec 15, 2022
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State of Play: The Global Nuclear Fuel Supply

Khalil breaks down domestic and global issues surrounding nuclear energy's primary fuel: uranium.
State of Play
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Dec 14, 2022

Good Energy Reflects: International Youth Nuclear Congress 2022

Cleo reports on her experiences at IYNC 2022 in Koriyama, Japan.
On the Road
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Dec 6, 2022

Policy Letter: Designing and Implementing the Advanced Industrial Facilities Deployment Program

We joined the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in a letter to the Department of Energy.
Letter
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Dec 5, 2022
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State of Play: The Legacy of Uranium Mining on U.S. Tribal Lands

Ariel discusses the history and current realities of uranium mining on tribal lands.
State of Play
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Nov 17, 2022

Good Energy Reflects: Jessica Tours Japan with the Santa Fe Leadership Program

Jessica visited Japan and engaged with high-level decision-makers about their nuclear industry.
On the Road
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Nov 9, 2022

Public Comment: Implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)'s Clean Energy Tax Incentives

We joined the Environmental Defense Fund in a comment to the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of the Treasury.
Letter
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Nov 4, 2022

Who Represents Environmental Justice Communities?

Voters should make sure their reps are setting aside partisanship and advocating for policies that help ensure healthy communities for all.
Special Report
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Nov 3, 2022
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Interim Nuclear Justice Roadmap

An illustration of our understanding of the concerns Americans have about nuclear energy and actions that can address them
Policy Memo
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Oct 31, 2022
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Good Energy Reflects: The Tribal Clean Energy Summit

Ariel reflects on the summit hosted by the Department of Energy and the National Conference of State Legislatures.
On the Road
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Oct 20, 2022
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Good Energy Reflects: Global Clean Energy Action Forum

Our panel and participation at GCEAF was part of the launch of an international initiative called RISE3
On the Road
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Oct 19, 2022
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State of Play: Siting of Nuclear Projects

Cleo examines the history, policy, and industry actions that inform nuclear energy siting and models for community participation.
State of Play
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Oct 14, 2022

Good Energy Reflects: "Understanding the Societal Challenges Facing Nuclear Power"

A written discussion of a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 2022 publication
Our Collective Thoughts
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Oct 5, 2022
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NARUC Panel: Nuclear Provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act (VIDEO)

Jackie discusses nuclear provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act at a National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners panel.
Talks
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Sep 26, 2022
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Sustainable and Ethical Uranium Mining: Opportunities and Challenges

An exploration of how global uranium mining practices can respect the environment and human rights while helping us achieve a low-carbon future
Policy Report
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Aug 31, 2022
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The Power of Federal Grants to Support Community-Centered Adoption of Low-Carbon Energy

Grant-making at the Department of Energy can play an important role in supporting an equitable clean energy transition
Policy Memo
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Aug 31, 2022

Public Comment: Recommendations to the IWG on Mining Reform

We joined other organizations in comments to the Interagency Working Group on Mining Reform's RFI.
Letter
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Aug 30, 2022

State of Play: Nuclear Waste

One of the biggest concerns we hear about nuclear energy from progressives is, "what about the waste?" Cleo Schroer examines the issue.
State of Play
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Aug 28, 2022
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Good Energy Reflects: ECA Forum on Hosting New Nuclear Development

Jackie shares insights from a recent convening on siting nuclear projects.
On the Road
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Aug 15, 2022

Our Second Anniversary: Two Years of Building the Progressive Case for Nuclear Energy

We’ve come a long way, and it wouldn’t have been possible without our amazing Good Energy staff.
Blog
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Aug 11, 2022
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Host Communities and Nuclear Energy: Benefits for Some, Risks for Others

Cleo's analysis finds an inequitable spread in the benefits and risks of historical nuclear power projects in the United States.
Policy Memo
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Jun 29, 2022
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Film Club: The Return of Navajo Boy

A recap of our discussion with Dr. Tommy Rock on the lasting impacts of uranium mining on the Navajo Nation
Blog
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May 10, 2022

Public Comment: Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool

Good Energy's response to the CEQ's Request for Information on the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool Beta Version
Letter
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Apr 24, 2022
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First-of-Its-Kind: Making DOE’s New Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations a Success

A new office in the Department of Energy holds immense promise for closing the gap for clean energy demonstrations.
Blog
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Apr 14, 2022
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NIA Webinar: Fission Vision (VIDEO)

Jessica speaks at the Nuclear Innovation Alliance's launch of its Fission Vision, a call to action to double U.S. nuclear energy production by mid-century.
Talks
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Apr 13, 2022
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What Does Environmental Justice for Nuclear Look Like?

If you're working on environmental justice and have thoughts on nuclear energy, we want to hear from you.
Good News
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Mar 8, 2022

Public Comment: Consent-Based Siting Process for Nuclear Waste Storage

Good Energy's response to the Request for Information on Using a Consent-Based Siting Process to Identify Federal Interim Storage
Letter
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Mar 4, 2022

Public Comment: White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council

Good Energy's response to the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council's Jan. 26-27, 2022, public meeting
Letter
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Feb 7, 2022
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Can Nuclear Energy Jobs Power a Just Transition?

Guest analysts assess nuclear's ability to bridge the gap between labor unions and Green New Deal supporters
Guest Post
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Jan 19, 2022
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WV Rivers Coalition Panel: Feasibility of Advanced Nuclear in West Virginia (VIDEO)

Jessica shares an overview of advanced nuclear energy as WV lawmakers consider lifting the state's restrictions against nuclear at a West Virginia Rivers Coalition convening.
Talks
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Jan 19, 2022
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Opportunities for Coal Communities Through Nuclear Energy: An Early Look

A policy report exploring where small modular reactor (SMR) technology could support environmental justice communities that relied on coal
Policy Report
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Dec 22, 2021
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NIA Panel: The Future of the Versatile Test Reactor: A Key Player in the Nuclear Energy Innovation Ecosystem (VIDEO)

Jackie talks about why the U.S. government should fund the Versatile Test Reactor project as a key pillar of the advanced nuclear ecosystem.
Talks
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Dec 9, 2021
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Toronto Global Forum Panel: Small Modular Reactors: The Goal to Reach Net Zero (VIDEO)

Jessica discusses Good Energy's founding principles, nuclear energy financing policy needs, and siting challenges and opportunities.
Talks
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Nov 23, 2021

Public Comment: Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Environmental Justice Review

Good Energy's response to the NRC's Systematic Assessment of How It Addresses Environmental Justice
Letter
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Sep 3, 2021
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We Need a Clean Energy Standard with Nuclear

As Congress nears a peak in negotiations over a federal Clean Energy Standard, lawmakers should make sure to include nuclear energy.
Blog
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Jul 29, 2021
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Voters Support Community Ownership and Federal Investments in Advanced Nuclear Energy

Good Energy and Data for Progress polled likely voters in the United States on their thoughts about advanced nuclear energy.
Policy Memo
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Jul 23, 2021
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A Policy Pathway for Nuclear Justice 

To align the nuclear sector with the broader Justice40 initiative, federal policies should center communities and address past injustices
Policy Memo
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Apr 27, 2021
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Jennifer Granholm Set to Lead the Clean Energy Transition as Secretary of Energy

The former Michigan Governor supports advanced nuclear tech, environmental justice and cross-agency collaboration.
Good News
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Feb 25, 2021
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What’s In Store for Nuclear in a Biden Administration

Jessica's keynote speech from the 2020 American Nuclear Society Annual Meeting
Special Report
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Dec 8, 2020

Webinar: Rethinking Nuclear Policy from the Ground Up (Carnegie Mellon University's Scott Institute for Energy Innovation)

Jessica gives her predictions on nuclear energy policy through the 2020 U.S. presidential election and recovery phases of COVID-19.
Talks
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Nov 5, 2020
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It’s Time for a Social Science Agenda for the Advanced Nuclear Sector

Here’s what an incoming administration can do to kick things off
Policy Memo
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Oct 8, 2020
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Why We Need a Progressive Nuclear Agenda

And how a new kind of leadership paved the way for Good Energy Collective
Special Report
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Aug 2, 2020
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Microreactors for Microgrids?

Why nuclear technology might finally be a match for community-scale energy systems
Policy Paper
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Aug 2, 2020
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Our Progressive Policy Agenda for Advanced Nuclear Energy

Recommendations for advanced nuclear technologies as part of the U.S. climate change response
Special Report
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Aug 2, 2020
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Duke U Panel: Advanced Nuclear Tech in a Decarbonized Energy Future: Feasible or Fantastical? (VIDEO)

Jessica and Rachel discuss research and development underway on new designs for nuclear reactors that seek to completely change the paradigm.
Talks
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Jul 20, 2020