Bringing Nuclear Into the Clean Energy Conversation: About the NICE Future Initiative
Nuclear energy—which provides about one-third of the world’s emissions-free electricity—contributes to the global clean energy supply, both as a primary source of clean energy and by enabling other clean energy sources.
As an international initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial, The Nuclear Innovation: Clean Energy Future (NICE Future) initiative leads the global conversation on the roles nuclear energy can play in clean energy systems of the future.
Rather than focus on specific technologies or issues, we aim to address nuclear energy holistically within the context of broader clean energy systems. Our primary goal is to move nuclear energy from traditional, nuclear-only fora to broader, cross-sectoral discussions about clean energy at the ministerial and working levels in more countries.
We do this by engaging diverse stakeholders—including both nuclear and non-nuclear energy decision makers—to focus on full-scale nuclear for electricity as well as on innovative next-generation technologies and integrated renewable-nuclear energy systems. We also offer regular webinars on nuclear and clean energy topics and a resource library with the latest academic research on this.
Who We Are
The United States, Canada, and Japan are lead members of the initiative. Participating countries include Argentina, Brazil, France, Jordan, Kenya, Poland, Romania, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. The initiative also includes partner organizations.
The Research the Impacts on Social Equity and Economic Empowerment (RISE3) initiative provides expert resources and creates a blueprint for countries transitioning to a clean and just energy economy with nuclear innovation as a key pillar.
The Flexible Nuclear Energy for Clean Energy Systems initiative provides a collection of technical analyses that, in the aggregate, demonstrate the current and potential future roles for nuclear energy in providing power system flexibility to meet energy demands.
The Breakthroughs: Nuclear Innovation for Clean Energy Systems initiative tells how nuclear innovation is an enabler of clean energy systems globally.
If you are an energy decision maker interested in meeting national and global clean energy goals:
- Clean Energy Ministerial: Countries Launch a Nuclear Innovation Initiative under the Clean Energy Ministerial (24 May 2018)
- U.S. Department of Energy: Department of Energy Launches Two New Clean Energy Initiatives at Ninth Clean Energy Ministerial (24 May 2018)
As the operating agent of the NICE Future initiative, the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA) and its institutional affiliate, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), lead the NICE Future initiative and serve as the liaison to the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) Secretariat. NREL implements NICE Future initiative activities based on guidance from CEM, the United Nations, and our partners and stakeholders. The operating agent is responsible for executing the program of work, ensuring stakeholder coordination, marketing and communications functions, analysis, and all other products and services that the NICE Future initiative provides.