House Committee Passes Fusion Energy Act Amendment  Providing  Regulatory Certainty for Fusion Energy

House Committee Passes Fusion Energy Act Amendment Providing Regulatory Certainty for Fusion Energy

On December 5, the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to report H.R.6544, the bipartisan Atomic Energy Advancement Act sponsored by Representatives Duncan and DeGette that would seek to reform the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. As the Committee considered passage of this legislation, Representatives Lori Trahan and Jay Obernolte offered a revised version of the Fusion…

White House launches “International Partnerships in a New Era of Fusion Energy Development”
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White House launches “International Partnerships in a New Era of Fusion Energy Development”

The US announced “International Partnerships in a New Era of Fusion Energy Development”, issuing five goals for international partnership and collaboration opportunities on the way to fusion commercialization.

“Biggest piece of energy legislation in the UK’s history” will support UK’s fusion development
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“Biggest piece of energy legislation in the UK’s history” will support UK’s fusion development

On October 26, 2023, the UK’s Energy Act 2023 gained Royal Assent and was enacted to strengthen the UK’s long-term energy security and support affordable clean energy. The UK will become the first country to legislate for fusion regulation, which will foster the growth of the domestic fusion industry in support of the UK’s goal for a prototype fusion power plant by 2040.

UK, Japan, and Canada Publish Fusion Regulatory Framework Recommendations
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UK, Japan, and Canada Publish Fusion Regulatory Framework Recommendations

Through the Agile Nations network, the United Kingdom, Japan, and Canada published initial suggestions for a multi-national fusion regulatory framework. The network, consisting of government representatives and technical experts, suggested recommendations on how to develop an appropriate regulatory framework for fusion energy facilities. The group recognized the importance and viability of fusion power as a global opportunity, and recommends that fusion regulations should be pro-innovation, risk-informed, and transparent.

NRC Public Meetings On Proposed Rule Regulatory Framework for Fusion Systems
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NRC Public Meetings On Proposed Rule Regulatory Framework for Fusion Systems

On October 11, 2023, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) held the first of a series of three public meetings to share the staff’s progress and seek public input on the preliminary proposed rule language, preliminary draft guidance (NUREG-1556, Volume 22), and specific topics of the proposed rule that would form the regulatory framework under 10 CFR Part 30 for fusion systems. 

FIA Participates in NRC Public Meeting on Developing a Regulatory Framework for Fusion Energy
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FIA Participates in NRC Public Meeting on Developing a Regulatory Framework for Fusion Energy

On July 12, 2023, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) held a public meeting to update progress on developing a regulatory framework for fusion energy. As the first meeting following the April NRC decision that separated fusion from fission regulations in the United States, it kicks off the progress that will be made as a result of the vote.

Fusion Industry Association Sends Letter on Fusion Regulations to European Commission Commissioner Simson
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Fusion Industry Association Sends Letter on Fusion Regulations to European Commission Commissioner Simson

On June 9, the Fusion Industry Association (FIA) sent a letter on the importance of risk-informed fusion regulations to European Commission Commissioner Simson. The letter comes at a time when governments are increasingly looking into solidifying regulations for fusion energy, following recent regulatory decisions by the United States and United Kingdom. Early movers will have a competitive advantage in further shaping the industry, which spent over $500m on the supply chain in 2022.