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2012 Report to Members

NEW NUCLEAR ENERGY FACILITIES/COMMERCIAL SUCCESS Another NEI goal is to establish the policy conditions necessary to finance new nuclear energy facilities and expand nuclear exports and develop the industry’s workforce, supply chain, and research and development programs to ensure a robust future for the commercial U.S. nuclear energy industry. After years of concerted industry efforts, the NRC issued the first combined construction and operating licenses for two reactors at Southern Co.’s Plant Vogtle site in Georgia and two more at SCANA’s V.C. Summer site in South Carolina. NEI worked closely with Southern Co., SCANA, Westinghouse and The Shaw Group to communicate construction progress and the economic benefits of the new facilities. • NEI continues to work with member companies to build policymaker support for financing mechanisms that allow project developers to recover financing costs during construction. • With 71 new nuclear energy facilities under construction around the world, the demand for high-quality components and services provides significant export opportunities for U.S. manufacturers. NEI continues to work with key members of Congress and policymakers to achieve a more unified regulatory process for export controls. • In 2012, NEI co-sponsored trade missions for its member companies to Saudi Arabia and India. The Saudi visit was the first nuclear energy trade mission to that country, which plans to build 16 reactors over the next two decades. • Significant progress has been made on implementing the Center of Excellence Model at the nation’s community colleges with nuclear energy programs. Through regional centers, industry and its Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Program partners addressed the supply and demand of non-licensed operators, technicians and maintenance personnel. • The Southwest Regional Center at Estrella Mountain Community College received a $13.5 million grant from the Department of Labor to fully implement the Center for Energy Workforce Development’s pathway model in Arizona. The grant will provide a template to fast-track the best of the best into the nuclear energy technology education programs. • Nearly three dozen member companies signed an agreement with the U.S. Navy that streamlines the process for recruiting veterans to work at nuclear energy facilities. Reactors are being built at SCANA’s V.C. Summer facility in South Carolina, left, and at Southern Co.’s Plant Vogtle in Georgia, above. PHOTO COURTESY OF SCANA PHOTO COURTESY OF SOUTHERN CO


2012 Report to Members
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