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April 18, 2014 | 4:31 pm

Earth Day: SCE and Clean Energy

Ballona Watershed WarriorsAREVA Inc. employees actively support Earth Day (4/22) values of environmental stewardship and sustainability by organizing activities and participating in outreach events at our sites throughout North America.

We also proudly support and recognize our energy partners’ environmental leadership and initiatives—like those of Southern California Edison (SCE).

At the 5th Annual Ballona Watershed Warriors Celebration yesterday evening, Friends of Ballona Wetlands honored SCE for the company’s leadership in ongoing environmental protection and conservation work, including the San Dieguito Wetlands Restoration Project and the Wheeler North artificial giant kelp reef.

SCE provides steady, reliable electricity from clean air nuclear power and other sources to businesses and communities in Southern and Central California, and is an important partner in supporting continued efforts regarding energy efficiency and clean air energy.

With a similar commitment to the environment shown through AREVA’s low-carbon nuclear power generation technologies and services, our safe used nuclear fuel storage solutions, our California-based solar energy subsidiary, and our employees’ community volunteerism, we are proud to support the work of Friends of Ballona and their recognition of Southern California Edison.

November 15, 2013 | 2:15 pm

Ambassadors Champion DOE Minorities in Energy Initiative

By Laura Clise, Director External Communications, AREVA Inc.

Minorities in Energy InitiativeHistory was made this past Wednesday as Department of Energy Director Dot Harris hosted leaders from government, industry, education, and community organizations at the first-ever White House Forum on Minorities in Energy.  With presentations and dialogue, participants explored the critical role energy plays in U.S. economic prosperity, national security, and environmental sustainability. But of significant historical note was the Forum’s focus on and acknowledgement of the important role minority communities must perform as we work across sectors and communities to advance American economic competitiveness and innovation leadership.

Building off of the launch of the Minorities in Energy initiative in September, the White House Forum brought additional stakeholders together around the shared commitment to do more regarding how minority communities can drive success in what Deputy Secretary Poneman called “a critical-mission space.” Key points included challenges and opportunities for the Obama Administration’s commitment to America’s leadership in accelerating the global energy transformation, the importance of energy and infrastructure resilience to withstand impacts of climate change and severe weather, and working across sectors to effectively tap the full capabilities of America’s diverse talent pool.

Energy Secretary Moniz introduced the Ambassadors of the Minorities in Energy initiative, including AREVA Inc. CEO Michael Rencheck, and applauded them for their leadership and advocacy. These twenty leaders from the public, private, and civic sectors will play a key role in championing the initiative’s mission and helping effectively and proactively engage minority communities in support of the energy sector.

The Forum also featured three panel sessions on the topics of STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and workforce development, economic development, and climate change. Since minority communities are often disproportionately impacted by energy issues and climate change, the Minorities in Energy initiative seeks to raise energy and climate change awareness and engagement among minority populations.

These are also important topics for AREVA, and guide our commitments in hiring a diverse workforce (including veterans), strengthening regional economies with steady and safe energy generation, engaging with small and minority-owned business suppliers, and providing our utility customers with a competitive portfolio of advanced clean energy technologies.

We proudly support the vision articulated by the Minorities in Energy initiative, and agree that stakeholders must work together to ensure minority communities both benefit from and engage in leading the advancement of U.S. energy technology and infrastructure.

December 16, 2011 | 12:08 pm

“Investing in a 21st Century American Workforce”

20111216-120617.jpgCorporate Voices for Working Families released a new study today covering important ground, especially given the state of the U.S. economy, the pressing need to create new and good jobs, and encouraging a broad-based American prosperity.

The study focues on several case studies describing how “several respected American employers invest in education, training, and the basic workforce readiness of their employees, with a particular focus on the needs of entry-level and lower-skilled associates.”

We were very honored to be one of those case studies highlighting our program in Virginia …

“AREVA, a global energy corporation, partners with Central Virginia Community College, on a training program through which employees pursue their higher education while working at the company. Successful candidates earn an associate degree in Nuclear Support Technologies, in a curriculum specially tailored to the labor market needs of AREVA.”

Corporate Voices for Working Families is “the leading national business membership organization shaping conversations and collaborations on public and corporate policy issues involving working families.” As an engaged corporate citizen, AREVA continues championing the perspective that U.S. energy policy choices are part of the much bigger picture impacting a revitalized 21st Century American workforce, and we are very proud to be listed along with the other great efforts described in the paper.

Read the full study here.

November 25, 2011 | 1:11 pm

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend

We here at the AREVA North America blog thought we should take a moment to share our thanks to all of you our readers. We appreciate your interest, insightful comments, and encouragement. And we are thankful for our fellow bloggers in the nuclear and energy blog community, which we consider ourselves very fortunate to be a part of. We wish you all very Happy Thanksgiving.

November 23, 2011 | 12:06 pm

Quote of the Day

“Nuclear power now accounts for nearly 14% of electricity generated in the world with 440 active reactors in 30 countries…”

- From the AFP article, “The Role of Nuclear in the World

September 20, 2011 | 9:45 am

AREVA Explains New Principles of Conduct for Leading Nuclear Vendors

Last week, AREVA announced the adoption of a common set of principles of conduct with the world’s other leading nuclear plant vendors. Crafted over the last three years and facilitated by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, this code reflects the best practices for the export of nuclear power plants to countries with existing nuclear programs as well as those interested in developing civilian nuclear power. In this video, Olivier Loubiere, AREVA’s Ethics Advisor, explains how this unprecedented effort came about and how the group is implementing these principles.

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August 18, 2011 | 11:31 am

“AREVA: Saints, Sinners or Big Business?”

Blogger Ben Heard recently posted about solar power and AREVA on his Southern Australian blog, Decarbonize SA. He noted that AREVA Renewables, which was awarded funding under the Australian Government Solar Flagships Program for our 250-megawatt Solar Dawn concept, was part of the larger AREVA family (including nuclear power), and rhetorically asked if that put us in the category of “Saint” or “Sinner” or “Just Big Business.” Here’s where he settled:

Those who retain concerns that nuclear power is “big business”, and seek to buck the system by insisting on renewables, please just be aware of the following. Billion dollar energy investments, such as we need to decarbonise, whatever the technology, is nothing but big business.

Corporations are the vehicles for getting things like that done, be it solar, nuclear or other. In all cases, we deserve vigilant governance to ensure citizens get the best outcome. That is irrespective of the technology.

Indeed, we’ve long been clean energy fans; believing that large-scale, low-carbon power production with nuclear and renewables was both crucial and good for the planet, and good for jobs, the economy and business.

Read Ben’s entire blog post here, and be sure to view his detailed analysis in “Nuclear Power – From Opponent to Proponent.

July 29, 2011 | 11:05 am

UK’s Clean Energy Future Generating Jobs Now

AREVA will begin making large components in the UK similar to this steam generator channel head emerging from the furnace at Creusot-Forge, France. AREVA / CARILLO GEORGES

Yesterday’s agreement announced between AREVA and EDF Energy shows the impact of clean energy in not only creating a low carbon power future, but also the near-term benefits of workforce expansion and job security.

In the agreement, AREVA will manufacture massive forgings for the first EPR™ reactor to be built at Hinkley Point, South-West England. Current estimates show a single EPR™ reactor project creates peak employment during construction of more than 3,000 direct jobs on the site, plus many more indirect jobs. Once the construction phase is completed, an AREVA EPR™ reactor facility requires highly-skilled workers to manage and maintain the facility, creating hundreds of high-paying permanent jobs.

If you’ve been tallying up the math, that’s an impressive amount of jobs and job security, especially when one considers that this is the first of perhaps eight EPR™ reactors under discussion in the United Kingdom.

The same job numbers are true on this side of the pond, and here are two numbers that apply to the U.S. economy: Throughout construction, a single project represents more than $800 million in federal, state and local taxes, and during operations generates annual tax revenues of nearly $100 million.

With four EPR™ reactors under construction world-wide and more in the works, how are we doing in the United States? AREVA continues working closely with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to certify the U.S. EPR™ design, and several companies have submitted license applications to the NRC based on this technology. We’re making progress on our own low-carbon future.

AREVA’s EPR™ reactor itself is an impressive mix of power and safety. Generating 1,600+ MW of clean, reliable electricity, a single modern Generation III+ EPR™ reactor also meets the highest safety standards, including four redundant safety systems, double-walled hardened container building, and the most reviewed design of any modern power plant.

Combining reliable nuclear energy with peak-load renewable energy is the winning combination for generating sustainable jobs and electricity in our clean energy future.

July 15, 2011 | 4:52 pm

Latest News from AP: Locals want oldest US nuclear plant to stay open

Yes, you read that correctly– the local community around Oyster Creek generating station has come out in support of the plant in their New Jersey community during a recent public hearing.

Located near Barnegat Bay, the facility that provides low-carbon energy for nearly 600,000 homes continues to have the strong support of its neighbors:

“The nuclear plant has been an excellent neighbor here,” said Neil Marine, a Lacey resident who said he has seen no evidence of radiation of chemical contamination leaving the plant.

“We hear a lot of pseudoscience here,” he said. “We have the best fishing on the East Coast in my lifetime right here — with the nuclear plant. A little bit of warm water is not killing our bay.

“I swim in that outflow,” he said. “I eat the fish. I eat the crabs. I live the life.”

While there is a push from organizations opposed to nuclear power to have the facility closed, community members have come asking the plant’s operator, Exelon, to extend the life of the plant past its 2019 agreed shut down with the state. This includes mayor of neighboring Waretown, Peter Lachawiec, who said:

“I’m a proponent of nuclear energy,” he said. “I want a new nuclear plant. I also want cooling towers. I think they should be here for the next 50 years. Build a new nuclear plant, build the cooling towers, you can make all the money you want, and we still all have our jobs.”

Read the entire piece here.

June 16, 2011 | 2:44 pm

AREVA Part of the Water Treatment Solution at Fukushima

Yesterday on All Things Considered, Richard Harris covered the progress that is being made at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. As the main effort to keep the damaged reactors cool, workers have been continuously pumping water into the plants. While this has been a positive effort to mitigate the current conditions, it has created a significant amount of radioactive water. Now to access and begin the clean-up work at the facility, workers must treat this water.

So how is this being done? Here is an excerpt from the report:

“The challenge is to remove radioactive cesium and other elements that are dissolved in the water. The water is being pumped from the flooded basements into holding tanks. From those tanks it will go through a filtration system, something like a charcoal filter, and that captures some of the radioactive material.

Next, the water will run into a system built by the French nuclear company Areva. They use a chemical reaction to turn the dissolved cesium into a solid material. “In our step of the process, the radioactive material precipitates out like rain and settles in the bottom of the tanks, where it forms a radioactive sludge,” says company spokesman Jarret Adams. “And that sludge can be removed from the tanks and sent for long-term storage.” They use this process at other nuclear facilities, and Adams says it works quite well.

And then what happens?

Cleaning up all this water is likely to take a couple of months. If the water is clean enough, Japanese officials could decide to dump some of it into the ocean. But in the short term, they plan to run it back into the plant. That will keep the cores relatively cool. And as long as they stay cool, they won’t ooze more radioactive cesium into the water.

“I think this is an important step forward because once they begin treating this water, then they’ll be able to get into the plant and start doing significant repairs,” Adams says.

Read the rest of the story and listen to the piece “Fukushima Workers Tackle Highly Radioactive Water,” here.