Campaign to Research the Impacts on Social Equity and Economic Empowerment
To accelerate the replacement of unabated coal plants with new, advanced nuclear technologies and to bring about breakthrough nuclear innovations, the NICE Future initiative launched a campaign to Research the Impacts on Social Equity and Economic Empowerment (RISE3).
RISE3 will provide expert resources and create a blueprint for countries transitioning to a clean and just energy economy with nuclear innovation as a key pillar by:
Recommending areas where nuclear technologies can advance environmental justice and equity
Detailing how nuclear energy can advance renewables through coupling and flexible operation in integrated clean energy systems
Examining how flexible utilization of nuclear energy for electric and nonelectric applications can lift economies and quality of life for communities and nations, including remote, off-grid, or islanded communities
Tracking community transformations, with a focus on how coal site conversion options with nuclear and/or renewables yield economic and jobs impacts.
This work stream is a unique partnership of nuclear, renewables, and environmental nonprofit organizations, under the Clean Energy Ministerial’s leadership, serving as clean energy advocates to provide options for accelerated and just solutions. Efforts will focus on actions that can generate jobs and raise quality of life in communities. New advances related to the potential for expanded nuclear-renewables integration, flexible electricity grids, hydrogen production, thermal and electrical energy storage, advanced nuclear technology designs (small modular reactors and more), process heat utilization, desalination, and more will be addressed.
The RISE3 campaign will align with and amplify the efforts of NICE Future’s parallel initiative, the Leaders in Advanced Nuclear Energy (LANE) working group, that explores mutually beneficial approaches to use and develop the respective capabilities of advanced and emerging nuclear nations to accelerate nuclear energy generation.
Learn more about the objectives and partners of the RISE3campaign by exploring the campaign's fact sheet.
RISE3D Case Study Series
The RISE3D Case Series, a community-focused case series journal, was developed as a part of RISE3, using submissions by participating countries and partner organizations. This journal, released annually, demonstrates how advanced and innovative nuclear energy technologies, such as small modular reactors, will support the clean energy transition in a variety of community contexts.
Volume 1: A First Wave Case Series: RISE3D (2022)
Volume 2: A Journal for the Clean Energy Community: RISE3D (2023)
Kenya: As part RISE3, NICE Future is conducting a study with Kenya to evaluate the economic and jobs impacts of adopting nuclear energy.
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