A new collaborative will gather state utility regulators and energy officials across the U.S. to increase understanding of the unique regulatory and policy questions surrounding the consideration and deployment of new nuclear generation.

The Advanced Nuclear State Collaborative, supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is being implemented by The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO).

NARUC and NASEO invited states that are considering or actively working toward the deployment of advanced reactors to join the collaborative. Proponents say it offers a unique opportunity to receive direct support from nuclear experts while participating in real-time peer learning.

More than 30 utility commissions and energy offices representing 23 states have signed on to join the ANSC.

ANSC activities began in March, with introductory calls from NARUC and NASEO to members. A site visit to Richland, Washington, is scheduled in late April for an in-person ANSC launch workshop. Other events and resources are expected to be offered to state members throughout the year, including webinars, peer-sharing calls and toolkit resources prepared by NARUC and NASEO.

The ANSC is an initiative of the Nuclear Energy Partnership, a multi-year cooperative agreement established in January 2021 between DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy and NARUC.

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