Sprott Uranium Watch

Nuclear energy gets funding, policy boost in H1 2024 as rising demand brightens prospects

Federal and state policymakers have taken significant steps in the first half of 2024 to support nuclear energy as new opportunities emerge with the rising power needs of data centers.

US to start buying up to $2.7 billion in domestically supplied enriched uranium

The US is bidding to eventually buy up to $2.7 billion of domestically-supplied enriched uranium, in an effort to boost the supply chain for the nuclear reactor fuel and steer the country away from buying it from Russia, the Energy Department said on Thursday.

U.S. needs major nuclear power expansion to meet rising electricity demand, Southern Company CEO says

The United States needs to build a significant number of nuclear plants to supply surging energy demand while also meeting climate goals, the CEO of Southern Company said at an event on Thursday.

DOE Announces $900 Million to Accelerate the Deployment of Next-Generation Light-Water Small Modular Reactors

Anticipated Funding Aims to Promote Advanced Reactor Orderbook and Prepare Domestic Nuclear Industry for Deployments

White House announces steps to support nuclear power in US

The White House has unveiled significant measures to bolster the development of new nuclear power plants in the US as it aims for a carbon-free power sector by 2035.

Palisades Nuclear Plant on Path to Recommissioning by 2025

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Loan Programs Office (LPO) announced a conditional commitment of up to $1.52 billion for a loan guarantee to Holtec Palisades LLC to finance the restoration and resumption of service of the Palisades Power Plant, an 800-MW nuclear generating station in Covert Township, Michigan

Uranium Bull Market Takes a Healthy Pause

Jacob White, CFA: Uranium markets pulled back in February after a rapid risein our view, this is a healthy pause in the ongoing uranium bull market. Announcements from Kazatomprom and Cameco underscored the uranium markets' structural supply deficit, while global governments continued to champion the benefits of nuclear energy.


How Much Does the U.S. Depend on Russian Uranium?

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a ban on imports of Russian uranium. The bill must pass the Senate before becoming law. 

Global small modular reactor pipeline hits 22 GW, with US leading the market: WoodMac

Growing interest from heavy industry and a 25-nation agreement to triple nuclear power globally by 2050 are tailwinds as the first commercial SMR comes online in China.

Video - Shifting Energy: The Nuclear Energy Comeback and Uranium Powering It


John Ciampaglia, CEO of Sprott Asset Management, joins Thalia Hayden on Sprott’s new video series, Shifting Energy. They discuss surging uranium prices, the latest nuclear renaissance and potential investment opportunities. The series was created in partnership with ETF Guide to keep viewers on top of energy transition investment opportunities. 

Podcast: All Eyes on Uranium Part 2

Per Jander from WMC is back for Part 2 of our All Eyes on Uranium series. Per and host Ed Coyne discuss the recent production guidance announcements from Kazatomprom and Cameco and the overarching issue of the structural supply deficit in uranium.

Uranium Price Returns to Triple Digits

Jacob White, CFA: Uranium price surged 11% in January to $101 per pound, fueled in part by Kazatomprom's cut in guidance for 2024 production by ~14%. Junior uranium miners were top performers for the month, climbing 18.78%. Supply uncertainties continue to dominate markets, given the situation in Niger and possible bans on Russian uranium. 

Grant's Interest Rate Observer: Radioactive-Asset Manager

Whitney George, CEO of Sprott, joined Evan Lorenz to discuss Sprott's growth and the increasing demand for critical materials including uranium. George: "The world is going to wake up and discover that there are huge deficits in things like copper, lithium and nickel. They're volatile, but as contrarians, we have the ability to move in when others are going the other way." 

Biden to offer $1.5-billion loan to restart Michigan nuclear power plant

The Biden administration is poised to loan US$1.5 billion to restart a closed Michigan nuclear power plant, paving the way for a shuttered reactor to reopen in the U.S. for the first time.

Video - Sprott Uranium Update 2024 with Bloor Street Capital

CEO John Ciampaglia joins James Connor at the Bloor Street Capital Virtual Uranium Conference to examine the growing interest in the uranium market, the current state of the spot and contracting markets and Sprott’s movement in the space. 

Doug Ford government to refurbish Pickering nuclear plant as demand for electricity grows

The Ontario government announced Tuesday that it plans to refurbish the half-century old Pickering nuclear generating station, keeping the plant operating for at least another 30 years.

Sprott is Bullish on Uranium as Governments Shift to the Energy Source

John Ciampaglia, CEO of Sprott Asset Management, sits down with Andrew Bell of BNN Bloomberg to discuss the uranium market and Sprott’s growth in the space. Campaglia: "We’ve been very active in educating the market and investors about the uranium thesis since we acquired the Uranium Participation Corporation in July of 2021."

Uranium prices could rally past 16-year highs as the world’s largest producer runs short

The uranium renaissance has a slight hitch: the world’s largest producer of the yellowcake is staring at a production snag over the next two years.

And that’s about to send uranium prices, already at 16-year highs, on another rally.

Commodities 2024: Market participants see geopolitical issues driving uranium spot market

Recent surges in uranium spot prices have market participants looking to new production to help mitigate the growing supply-demand imbalance against the backdrop of heightened geopolitical tension.

Everyone Seems to Want Uranium Right Now

A product has just gone up in price by 90% in 12 months. It now costs more than it has in 16 years. Most people would think twice about diving into a market like that.

Sprott Energy Transition Monthly: Top 10 Themes for 2024

Paul Wong, CFA & Jacob White, CFA: What forces are likely to drive energy transition materials and precious metals markets in 2024 and over the next decade? We discuss 10 critical macroeconomic and market-specific themes ranging from deglobalization and climate policy to the new commodity supercycle and a potential silver price breakout.

World's biggest uranium miner warns of shortfall just as nuclear demand takes off

Kazatomprom, the world’s biggest uranium miner, warned that it’s likely to fall short of its production targets over the next two years, adding another risk to supply as demand for the nuclear fuel rebounds.

Educational Video - Nuclear Waste: Dispelling Fears and Myths

Nuclear waste is not something to be feared. The care with which it is handled and stored contributes to the fact that nuclear power is one of the safest forms of baseload energy generation known to humanity. In this video, we dispel the many fears and concerns about spent nuclear fuel. 

UK government plans further nuclear power expansion

The government is exploring plans to build a new large-scale nuclear plant, despite concerns about delays to existing projects.

As nuclear debate nears, French minister sees potential for 14 new reactors

 France requires more than the six new nuclear plants currently planned and possibly needs to build more than 14 new plants, its energy minister said, just days before a parliamentary debate begins on the issue.

UK invests in high-tech nuclear fuel to push Putin out of global energy market

The UK will become the first country in Europe to launch a high-tech HALEU nuclear fuel programme, strengthening supply for new nuclear projects and driving Putin further out of global energy markets. 

The landmark £300 million investment is part of plans to help deliver up to 24GW of clean, reliable nuclear power by 2050 - a quarter of the UK’s electricity needs. 

Sprott Outlook: What a Year for Uranium and Nuclear Energy

2023 provided the long-awaited inflection point for the uranium contracting cycle whereby we have finally achieved replacement rate levels. We believe the era of uranium inventory destocking and utility complacency is over. Long-term security of supply concerns, fanned by lingering geopolitical risks and the challenges of expanding primary production, will be the key themes to watch in 2024 and beyond.

Podcast: The Lowdown on Uranium Demand

Justin Huhn, founder of Uranium Insider, joins host Ed Coyne for a deep analysis of the uranium fuel supply chain and the challenges to satisfy expanding demand. "This year alone, demand is around 200 million pounds and supply is about 160 million pounds...that means we're about 40 million pounds short."

Sprott Uranium Report: Uranium & Nuclear Get Boost from COP28

Jacob White, CFA: The U3O8 uranium spot price broke through $80 per pound, gaining 8.39% in November and is up 67.10% YTD; uranium stocks followed suit. COP28 was dubbed the "nuclear COP" in recognition of nuclear power's increasing importance and a growing awareness of a uranium supply-demand gap.

Uranium Is Finally Running Hot, and Miners Can’t Keep Up

Miners are struggling to get enough uranium out of the ground. That is helping to push prices of the nuclear fuel to nearly 16-year highs.

Russia Uranium Supplier Warns US Clients to Brace for Export Ban

Tenex, a Russian state-owned uranium company, is warning American customers that the Kremlin may preemptively bar exports of its nuclear fuel to the US if lawmakers in Washington pass legislation prohibiting imports starting in 2028, according to people familiar with the matter.

COP28 agreement recognises nuclear's role

The 28th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP28) has ended in Dubai with a Global Stocktake - unanimously agreed by all parties - calling for a transitioning away from fossil fuels and an acceleration of zero- and low-emission technologies, including nuclear.


Sprott Energy Transition Materials Monthly: Lithium-Ion Technology Solidifies Lead in EV Battery Stakes

Paul Wong, CFA & Jacob White, CFA: The long-term trajectory for EVs is positive despite the recent slowdown. The EV industry is navigating the typical challenges of early technology adoption, with continuous investments and technological advancements driving the transition to electrification. Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are the preferred battery technology for EVs, thanks to their superior technical properties and significant investment in their development and infrastructure.

Why the U.S. Still Buys So Much Enriched Uranium From Russia

U.S. nuclear power plants got about 24% of their enriched uranium from Russia in 2022. As nuclear energy stages a comeback globally, the U.S. is reviving domestic uranium production to reduce the risk of a critical fuel shortage in the future. Graphic: Ryan Trefes

EU members seek to add nuclear, e-fuels to clean tech goals

EU governments agreed on Thursday that nuclear and sustainable fuels should be added to a list of strategic "net-zero" technologies that the European Union should promote so its industry can compete with Chinese and U.S. competitors.

Repurposing Coal Power Plant Sites with Low Carbon Nuclear

As coal consumption continues to rise worldwide despite global efforts to slash greenhouse gas emissions, several countries are eyeing a strategy for using advanced nuclear power including small modular reactors (SMRs) to reduce reliance on the most polluting fossil fuel. At an event today at the IAEA’s Atoms4Climate pavilion, speakers from Canada, Romania and the United States shared their experience and plans repurposing former coal sites for nuclear power—and thereby ensuring a just energy transition by reaping the economic and environmental benefits of switching to this clean and reliable technology.

‘A new era for Poland’: six construction sites for SMR units approved

Poland has given the green light for the construction of 24 new small modular reactor (SMR) units across six sites, announced by executives of the company that will build the nuclear facilities, on Thursday, as Warsaw looks to reduce the use of fossil fuels.

IAEA says a dozen countries to be equipped with nuclear power

A dozen countries are expected to start producing electricity from nuclear power sources within the next few years, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) Rafael Mariano Grossi said on Tuesday.

Video: Resource Talks with John Ciampaglia

John Ciampaglia, Sprott Asset Management CEO talks about how the uranium market has changed in 2023: "The market is different. Utilities have purchased a lot of material in the spot market. I would say producers have bought a lot of uranium in the spot market, too."

Video: Uranium Market Outlook 2024

Per Jander and James Connor discuss the uranium market, highlighting the catalysts for sharp increases in uranium prices in 2023, including increased utility and producer activity, production shortfalls from major players like Cameco and Orano, and geopolitical uncertainties affecting supply. Per Jander expresses optimism for the uranium market, emphasizing strong demand, ongoing long-term contracting discussions and potential supply disruptions as factors that could contribute to further price increases in 2024.

Sprott Uranium Report: Higher Uranium Prices Allow Miners to Resume Production

Jacob White, CFA: The uranium price increased in October, reaching a 12-year high at $74.48 per pound. Although uranium mining stocks pulled back last month, the stronger uranium price has boosted producer revenues and the potential for mine restarts and new developments. A growing supply deficit is helping to support higher price levels as the West focuses on reshoring supply chains. 

Podcast: Battery Materials Deep Dive

Daisy Jennings-Gray from Benchmark Minerals Intelligence joins host Ed Coyne for a deep dive into today’s battery metals markets.

Sprott Energy Transition Materials Monthly: Energy Security and the Shifting Focus from Oil to Critical Minerals

Paul Wong, CFA & Jacob White, CFA: As the United States advances in its pursuit of clean energy, it is strategically redirecting its energy security emphasis from oil to critical minerals. This dynamic shift is designed to decrease reliance on oil, and diminish the influence of oil geopolitics and the sway of petrostates such as Russia.

Macron lands in Putin’s backyard seeking new friends and uranium

After finding itself suddenly unwelcome in its traditional sphere of influence, France is casting further afield.

Video: The Energy Transition to Uranium and Battery Metals

Edward C. Coyne, Sprott Senior Managing Partner, Global Sales, shares Sprott's outlook on gold and explains why metals are so critical for the global energy transition, with Asset TV host Gillian Kemmerer.

Support for nuclear has grown dramatically, says global agency chief

Global energy security concerns and the drive to meet net zero targets have led to a sharp turnaround in support for nuclear, Director-General of the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) William D. Magwood IV tells Reuters Events.

IAEA Annual Projections Rise Again as Countries Turn to Nuclear for Energy Security and Climate Action

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today released its annual outlook for nuclear power in the coming decades, revising up its global growth projections for a third straight year.

In both its high and low case scenarios, the IAEA now sees a quarter more nuclear energy capacity installed by 2050 than it did as recently as 2020, underscoring how a growing number of countries are looking to this clean and reliable energy source to address the challenges of energy security, climate change and economic development.

The 10 Largest Uranium Mines In The World

As global demand for renewable energy continues to increase, so does the demand for more uranium. However, considering that it is a such a relatively common mineral, the world's uranium supply comes from surprisingly few places. This is due to certain concerns and challenges associated with uranium mining, of which worker safety and the cost of extraction are the most prominent. The truth is most of the uranium used in the world’s nuclear power plants originates from only a handful of large-scale mines. 

Slovenia Pushes on With Pricey Nuclear Project to Phase Out Coal

Slovenia will push forward with plans to build its second nuclear power plant, its largest and most expensive infrastructure project to date, as it aims to phase out coal by 2033.

Sprott Uranium Report: Uranium Rally Gains Power in September

The U3O8 uranium spot price surged 21.03% in September, climbing from US$60.63 to $73.38 per pound.1 This surge marks September as the most impressive month since September 2021. Performance was driven primarily by strong demand from utilities worldwide in the face of threats to supply. The uranium price is now as high as it had been just before the Fukushima Daiichi power plant disaster in 2011, when it was $73 per pound. YTD, U3O8 uranium spot has risen 51.88%.

China expects to OK 6-8 nuclear power units per year in green energy drive

China expects to greenlight six to eight new nuclear power units a year within the foreseeable future, an official at the China Nuclear Energy Association (CNEA) said, according to a report in state media outlet Xinhua on Wednesday.

How the Uranium Market Works

Per Jander of WMC, the Technical Advisor to Sprott Physical Uranium Trust, discusses his origin story involving uranium, a day in the life of a uranium trader, the current state of the market and what the landscape looks like going forward.

Sprott Uranium Monthly: Strong Fundamentals Anchor Uranium's Rise

Jacob White, ETF Product Manager, CFA: Uranium and uranium mining stocks had a strong month in August. YTD as of 8/31/2023, spot uranium and uranium mining stocks have climbed 25.49% and 21.52%, respectively, outperforming the frothy S&P 500 TR Index's YTD return of 18.73%. We believe the uranium bull market is intact and favorable supply-demand dynamics will likely continue to provide support.

Nuclear Must Stay an Option in California, Top Regulator Says

California faces an energy gap as it transitions to a clean-powered economy by 2045 and must leave all options on the table until then — including nuclear, according to the state’s top air regulator.

“Cost obviously is a big factor, waste is a big factor, the permitting challenges are a big factor,” Liane Randolph, chair of the California Air Resources Board, said during an interview at the Bloomberg office in San Francisco. “But I don’t think we should prematurely cross anything off the list,” she said in response to a question about whether she supports keeping nuclear power as part of California's energy mix.

Sprott Energy Transition Materials Monthly: U.S. Taking Center Stage in Cleantech Investment

Paul Wong, CFA & Jacob White, CFA: The Nasdaq Sprott Energy Transition Materials Index (NSETM) fell 4.52% in August to close the month at 960.21. Weakening economic data and deteriorating liquidity in China's shadow banking system weighed heavily on most commodities except energy-related commodities. Among stocks, mining indices most exposed to China, such as lithium and copper miners, experienced the sharpest selloff.

How China became the king of new nuclear power, and how the U.S. is trying to stage a comeback

China has 21 nuclear reactors under construction which will have a capacity for generating 21.61 gigawatts of electricity, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency. That is more than two and a half times more nuclear reactors under construction than any other country.

China’s Fast and Cheap Nuclear Gives Its Climate Ambitions a Boost

There’s an atomic price chasm between Beijing and Washington, giving China a green advantage and leaving the US trailing in its efforts to clean up the power grid.

Why Is The US Dependent On Russian Uranium?

About half of the enriched uranium that nations around the world use for nuclear power comes from Russia. It supplies almost a quarter of America’s 92 nuclear reactors and dozens of other plants across Europe and Asia. The US is now trying to change that with a big push to build up its own capabilities. Bloomberg’s Jonathan Tirone and Will Wade join this episode to talk about what it will take for the US and its allies to free themselves from Russian uranium.

The Race to Ditch Russian Uranium Starts in New Mexico’s Desert

In a remote, dusty corner of New Mexico, so near to the Texas border that if you wander too close your smartphone changes time zones, sits a pristine factory that is the best chance for the US to wean itself off an addiction that few knew it had: uranium enriched in Russia.

Sweden to lift ban on uranium mining

Sweden’s Climate Minister, Romina Pourmokhtari, has unveiled plans to lift the nation’s ban on uranium mining, thereby paving the way for an expanded nuclear energy capacity.

Is nuclear power set for a European renaissance?

Nuclear power is making a comeback on the EU energy scene after an eventful 2022-2023 year, which according to Paris, reflects an “excellent diplomatic record” for France in defending atomic energy.

Sprott Uranium Report: Stars are Aligning for Uranium and Nuclear Energy

Jacob White, ETF Product Manager, CFA: Uranium continued to outshine other commodities, with U3O8 surging 16.35% and uranium miner stocks climbing 9.11% YTD as of July 31, 2023. The growing embrace of nuclear energy is driving demand and sparking a resurgence in uranium mine operations. The U.S. opened its first new nuclear power facility in 30 years (Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle) and is actively legislating to reduce dependency on Russia's nuclear supply chain.

Sweden To Clear Obstacles For New Nuclear Reactors

Sweden's government said Wednesday it would remove limits on the number of nuclear reactors allowed in Sweden and simplify the permit process for new reactors.

"The climate transition requires a doubling of the electricity production in the coming 20 years," Climate Minister Romina Pourmokhtari told a press conference.

Sprott Energy Transition Materials Monthly: Growing Urgency to Modernize U.S. Power Grid

Paul Wong, CFA & Jacob White, CFA: Given increased electricity demand and the risks posed by climate change, the U.S. power grid desperately needs modernization. There is an immediate need to expand the grid’s capacity, increase its resilience and support its most vulnerable components – the transmission and distribution lines. This is driving the development of energy storage systems and V2G (vehicle-to-grid) technology and is a major copper demand driver. 

Sprott Sprott Energy Transition Materials Monthly: Growing Urgency to Modernize U.S. Power Grid

Paul Wong, CFA & Jacob White, CFA: Given increased electricity demand and the risks posed by climate change, the U.S. power grid desperately needs modernization. There is an immediate need to expand the grid’s capacity, increase its resilience and support its most vulnerable components – the transmission and distribution lines. This is driving the development of energy storage systems and V2G (vehicle-to-grid) technology and is a major copper demand driver. 

Video - Sprott Update on Gold, Uranium and Battery Metals

John Ciampaglia, CEO of Sprott Asset Management, sits down with James Connor of Bloor Street Capital to discuss the current state of the gold market, the resilience of uranium compared to other commodities, the growth of the battery metals sector and Sprott’s focus on providing investors with access to energy transition investments. 

Sprott Uranium Report: Supply-Demand Gap Ignites Uranium Rally

Jacob White, ETF Product Manager, CFA: Uranium markets rallied in June with the U3O8 uranium spot price adding 2.61%. U3O8 has climbed a healthy 15.95% YTD, while most other commodities have lost ground. Greater focus on the uranium supply-demand gap helped boost uranium mining stocks in June, with junior miners up 18.88%. Positive momentum in reshoring supply chains continues, given looming sanctions on Russian uranium.

Belgium and Engie agree on nuclear reactor extensions

Belgium has reached an agreement with operator Engie (ENGIE.PA) to extend the use of the country's nuclear reactors by 10 years after Russia's invasion of Ukraine prompted Belgium's governing coalition to rethink plans to rely more on natural gas.

Podcast: Uranium Update from Per's Cabin

Per Jander, WMC: Just back from the 49th annual World Nuclear Fuel Market Conference, Per Jander joins Ed for a timely update on uranium. The theme of the conference was “Mind the Gap”, not in reference to the London Underground, but rather, the need for more uranium production as countries around the world scale up their reactor fleets.

Sprott Uranium Report: Uranium Remains Resilient, While Threats of Nationalism Rattle Equities

Jacob White, ETF Product Manager, CFA: The U3O8 uranium spot price gained 1.58% in May,* increasing from US$53.74 to $54.59 per pound as of May 31, 2023. Uranium has posted a healthy 12.99% year-to-date return as of May 31, and continued to show strength and diversification relative to other commodities, which declined 13.16% YTD (as measured by the BCOM Index).

Sprott Energy Transition Materials Monthly: The West Moves to Weaken China's Hold

Paul Wong, CFA & Jacob White, CFA: Lithium and lithium miners staged a sharp rebound rally in May and were the positive exception among critical minerals. The sector was weighed down by China's faltering recovery, ongoing global growth concerns and the U.S. debt ceiling drama. China’s dominance in critical minerals poses risks to the West’s manufacturing base and national security, highlighting the need for onshoring and friend-shoring energy transition supply chains.

The world's top 10 largest uranium mines in 2022 - report

As Kitco previously reported, the world’s total uranium production from mines increased by 2.3% in 2022 to 48,888 tonnes. Kazakhstan was the largest uranium producing country in 2022, followed by Canada and Namibia.

Visualizing the Uranium Mining Industry in 3 Charts

These visuals highlight the uranium mining industry and its output, as well as the trajectory of nuclear energy from 1960 to today.

Breaking Free: The Nuclear Fuel Alliance Strikes Back At Russian Control

Russia and China are alarmed over the G-7 nations’ increasing support for Ukraine. Beijing is concerned about the West’s (and India, Japan, and Australia’s) challenge to its claims to the South China Sea. The U.S. and its allies are resisting the autocrats’ supply chain pre-eminence, while Moscow worries about Kyiv receiving more military support, including F-16 fighter-bombers. It is only a matter of time until the West starts targeting one industry that has remained untouched by U.S.-led sanctions thus far: civilian nuclear power, including fuel.

Word on the Nuclear Street: Demand, Demand, Demand

Demand for nuclear energy is unprecedented, with more and more reports predicting nuclear output will have to increase substantially to meet energy transition targets. And that new reality for nuclear was on full display at last week’s Nuclear Energy Assembly (NEA) in Washington, D.C.

Video - Unearthing Investment Opportunities in Precious Metals and Critical Minerals

Sprott CEO Whitney George discusses the global energy transition and the growing interest in critical minerals investing with Asset TV's Jonathan Forsgren. George explains how Sprott expanded beyond "all things gold" to offer physical uranium, as it forged a path to becoming a recognized asset manager in the energy transition space.

Sprott Energy Transition Materials Monthly: Nationalization and Surging M&A Highlight Secular Strength

Paul Wong, CFA & Jacob White, CFA: The long-term secular growth outlook for energy transition materials got several boosts in April, despite tepid performance for the month. Chile's decision to nationalize its lithium reserves reinforces the metal's role as a global strategic economic asset. M&A activity has heated up in the copper mining sector with lofty bids, including Glencore's $23 billion rejected offer for Teck Resources at a 20% premium.

Sprott Uranium Report: Uranium’s April Breakthrough

Jacob White, ETF Product Manager, CFA: The U3O8 uranium spot price climbed 6.01% in April, closing the month at $53.74. The U3O8 price reacted positively to China's bullish comments about its ambitious plans to expand its nuclear energy capacity to supply 18% of its electricity needs by 2060, up from 5% today. YTD, the uranium spot price has gained 11.24% as global acceptance of nuclear energy increases and positive momentum builds within the uranium industry.

Sprott Energy Transition Materials Monthly: How Deglobalization is Changing the Dynamics of Securing Critical Minerals

Paul Wong, CFA & Jacob White, CFA: Commodity prices weakened in March in reaction to financial system stress and recession fears. As deglobalization accelerates, unfettered access to critical minerals is not likely to last. The old system of free and fair access to commodities, including critical minerals, is moving toward one marked by interregional competition, and unstable availability and pricing. China has moved aggressively to acquire critical minerals in the past 20, but we believe the West has near-unmatched capabilities and is a formidable competitor.

Nuclear Powers Pledge to Push Putin Out of Uranium Markets

Nuclear powers within the Group of Seven nations pledged to end Russia’s dominance over global atomic-fuel markets, potentially cutting off a critical source of geopolitical currency for Russian President Vladimir Putin more than a year after his invasion of Ukraine.

Sprott Uranium Report: Uranium Proves Resilient in March

Jacob White, ETF Product Manager, CFA: The U3O8 uranium spot price fell slightly in March, from $50.85 to $50.70. YTD through 3/31/2023, uranium has gained 4.93%, demonstrating resilience relative to other commodities (down 6.47% as measured by the BCOM Index). Along with other equities, uranium mining stocks fell in March, victims of the selloff following the U.S.'s biggest banking crisis since 2008. Positive headlines on nuclear power restarts continued in March.

Sprott Energy Transition Materials Monthly: Has the Next Commodities Supercycle Begun?

Paul Wong, CFA & Jacob White, CFA: February saw energy transition materials/critical minerals markets correct, but the secular story remains strong. As the global energy transition "arms race" heats up, the drive to secure supply is fast becoming more important than price. All signs indicate the 40-year bond bull market has likely ended and the next great secular bull market in commodities has begun.

HANetf launches energy transition materials ETF

HANetf has launched the Sprott Energy Transition Materials UCITS ETF (SETM) to provide investors with a way to access the critical materials required for the energy transition, Investment Week can reveal.

Uranium‘s Mixed February

Jacob White, ETF Product Manager, Sprott Asset Management: Although markets in February saw a reversal of January's positive performance, spot uranium posted a slight gain of 0.20%, outperforming many other asset classes. Uranium miners made headlines with significantly-sized uranium contracts that reflect higher demand for long-term supply commitments. Uranium market fundamentals are the most positive in over a decade and are likely to continue to be the primary performance driver.

A new nuclear reactor in the U.S. starts up. It’s the first in nearly seven years

For the first time in almost seven years, a new nuclear reactor has started up in the United States.

Video - BNN Bloomberg with Sprott CEO Whitney George

Whitney George, Sprott CEO: "In addition to our traditional precious metals focus, we have entered the energy transition materials space, which began with the creation of Sprott Physical Uranium Trust.... I believe Sprott is well equipped to offer  energy transition investments, which will be a very important theme in the next 10 years."

Biden admin offers $1.2 bln for distressed, shut nuclear plants

The Biden administration said on Thursday it is offering $1.2 billion in aid to extend the life of distressed nuclear power plants which, for the first time, could offer funding to a plant that has recently closed.

Video - Bloor Street Capital Nuclear and Uranium Conference

John Ciampaglia: “I think it's an interesting time to be investing in uranium — from a fundamental perspective, from an energy policy perspective, from a geopolitical risk perspective….we've experienced a sea change in the level of interest related to uranium, energy transition materials and mining investments.” Bloor Street Capital's Nuclear and Uranium Virtual Conference featured John Ciampaglia, CEO of Sprott Asset Management, and Per JanderWMC Energy, Director, Nuclear & Renewables.

Webcast - The Energy Transition Is Here. Is Your Portfolio Ready?

As the world sets aggressive goals to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and move to cleaner energy sources, critical minerals will be essential. Due to years of underinvestment, we believe demand is likely to outstrip supply for many energy transition materials, including uranium, lithium, copper, nickel and others. The investment opportunities may be powerful.

Sprott Energy Transition Materials Monthly: Critical Materials Start 2023 With a Bang

We believe we are in the early stages of an energy transition materials secular bull market and favorable supply-demand dynamics are likely going forward. The upward revision in global growth, the timing effect of the China credit impulse and the surprise ending of China's zero-COVID policy have provided a tailwind for the metals market. For energy transition metals, we see this as a cyclical boost on top of the robust secular demand that is in play.

Japan Adopts Plan to Make Maximum Use of Nuclear Power

The Japanese government Friday adopted a plan to make maximum use of nuclear power, in a bid to realize a carbon-free society while ensuring stable electricity supplies.

Sprott Uranium Report: Uranium‘s January Jump

Jacob White, ETF Product Manager, Sprott Asset Management: January was a strong month for uranium markets, with U3O8 uranium spot price posting a 5.05% increase and uranium mining equities gaining 14.65%. Looking ahead, we believe the uranium bull market still has a long way to run. Over the long term, increased demand in the face of an uncertain uranium supply is likely to support a sustained bull market.

Nuclear Power? Have No Fear—Our Clean Energy Future Is Radioactive.

It would be nice if solar and wind could give us all the power we need, but we’re going to need nuclear.

Nuclear power gets another look in ‘all-of-the-above’ energy approach as climate worries mount

Nuclear energy is increasingly getting another look by federal and state officials seeking to cut greenhouse gas emissions and bolster energy security.

Sprott Uranium Report: Key Trends for 2023 and December Recap

Jacob White, ETF Product Manager, Sprott Asset Management: Three key themes for uranium markets in 2023: 1) increased emphasis on energy security worldwide; 2) higher conversion/enrichment prices may boost spot uranium prices; and 3) the global energy transition supports the case for nuclear power. Uranium's performance was notably strong in 2022, despite the overall bear market. Although uranium mining equities fared less well, we believe that the positive fundamentals for uranium and nuclear energy are likely to provide support in 2023.

Korea Curbs Plans for Renewables in Push For More Nuclear

South Korea will boost nuclear power generation and downgrade its plans for renewable energy as the nation overhauls its electricity mix to meet emissions reduction targets.

Sprott Monthly Report: 2023 Top 10 Watch List

Paul Wong, CFA, Market Strategist: This year’s top 10 list offers Sprott’s thoughts on what will likely drive markets in the coming year and decade, from a macro perspective and the vantage of our asset classes: Precious Metals and Energy Transition Materials. We believe the global clean energy transition will grow more urgent as energy markets continue re-ordering and energy security becomes synonymous with national security. The signposts point to a commodity-intensive, inflationary and capital-intensive decade where energy transition materials and precious metals will become far more valued than in the prior market regime.

Will Big Plans For Nuclear Power Work Without Russian Uranium?

Many world powers have sped-up plans to introduce new nuclear power plants in a bid to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and decarbonise.

Britain opens nuclear fuel fund with aim to cut reliance on Russia

Britain said on Monday its 75-million-pound ($90.5 million) fund aimed at helping boost domestic production of nuclear fuel for power plants and cutting reliance on Russian uranium supplies was now open for applications.

Net Zero Isn’t Possible Without Nuclear

Unfortunately, outdated regulations are impeding much-needed innovation to fight climate change. Time is running short.

Rule amendment to allow extended operation of Japanese reactors

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has approved a draft of a new rule that would allow the country's nuclear power reactors to be operated for more than the current limit of 60 years. The amendment will require parliamentary approval.

Turkey In Talks With US to Buy American Nuclear Reactors

Turkey’s government and private companies are in talks with the US for purchases of small nuclear reactors, as the country looks to wean itself off coal.

US uranium producers announce contracts and production ramp-ups

Three more companies - enCore Energy, Ur Energy and Uranium Energy Corp - have been selected to provide domestically produced uranium to the USA's federal strategic uranium reserve. At the same time, Ur Energy has announced a ramp-up of production at its operating Lost Creek mine after expansions to its sales agreements.

Crumbling Nuclear Plant May Fuel Philippines After 36-Year Delay

A nuclear power plant on the Philippines’ western coast has sat idle for nearly four decades, costing billions of dollars and never producing a watt of electricity. Now, it’s at the center of a debate over whether the nation should finally adopt atomic energy.

Five ways the Biden DOE is spending big on nuclear energy

The Department of Energy is spending big to keep America’s old nuclear reactors online while laying the foundations of the nuclear energy industry of the future. 

Sprott Uranium Report: The Optimistic News Continues

Jacob White, ETF Product Manager, Sprott Asset Management: The uranium markets did not perform as well as other sectors in November, despite having posted relatively strong performance throughout 2022. While the price of U3O8 uranium has lagged since May 2022, conversion and enriched uranium prices have significantly appreciated. We believe that current demand, coupled with a shift away from Russian suppliers, is likely to support a higher U3O8 uranium spot price.

Net Zero needs more nuclear — here’s why that’s a good thing

With more than 80 per cent of global GDP covered by one Net Zero pledge or another, meeting 2050 Net Zero targets means the world needs an unprecedented speed and scope of investment. 

Sprott Webcast: Looking Ahead to Metals and Miners

2022 has been a difficult year for many asset classes. Markets were historically volatile, with higher-than-expected inflation, quickly rising interest rates, the Russia-Ukraine war and the threat of a global economic recession. While metals and mining investments shared in 2022’s volatility, we look ahead to brighter opportunities in 2023.

EU Commissioner outlines 'new conversation' on nuclear

The conversation around nuclear energy in Europe has shifted and its future now looks very bright, although there are still challenges to overcome, according to EU Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson. She called for policy-makers, industry and technology leaders to work together to turn opportunity into reality.

Sprott Uranium Report: Uranium's October Optimism

Jacob White, Senior Analyst, Sprott Asset Management: The U3O8 uranium spot price climbed 8.32% in October, rising from $48.25 to $52.27 per pound. YTD as of October 31, 2022, the uranium spot price Has climbed by 24.12%. We believe the uranium bull market remains intact despite the negative macroeconomic environment. Our outlook is supported by the unprecedented number of announcements for nuclear power plant restarts, life extensions and new builds that are all creating demand for uranium.

Sprott Podcast: November 2022 Uranium Update

Just back from the NEI's International Uranium Fuel Seminar in Las Vegas, Per Jander tackles the latest uranium market news with Ed Coyne and John Ciampaglia. The trio covers uranium spot price action, the doubling of Cameco's YoY uranium production targets and the increased flow of new nuclear reactor announcements from governments worldwide. 

Macron Wants to Make It Easier to Build Nuclear Reactors

President Emmanuel Macron wants to streamline rules to build new nuclear reactors faster as maintenance issues beset France’s aging atomic facilities and the energy crisis spurs the country to accelerate the shift away from fossil fuels.

IEA sees growth in nuclear as world responds to energy crisis

The International Energy Agency (IEA) projects more than a doubling of nuclear generation by 2050, with at least 30 countries increasing their use of nuclear power, in the Net Zero Emissions by 2050 scenario of its latest World Energy Outlook (WEO).

Ottawa loans Ontario Power Generation $970 million to build Canada's first SMR at Darlington

Ottawa will provide Ontario Power Generation with a $970-million loan to build the Canada’s first small-scale nuclear power reactor at Darlington, which is expected to go online in 2028.

Welcoming the largest generator of clean power in the US

Nuclear reactors are America’s clean energy battleships. They make up the majority of our zero-carbon power, and we are at a crossroads. Our nuclear energy muscles were beginning to atrophy, but the technology is making a roaring comeback.

America's new nuclear power industry has a Russian problem

U.S. firms developing a new generation of small nuclear power plants to help cut carbon emissions have a big problem: only one company sells the fuel they need, and it's Russian.

Sprott Uranium Report: Uranium's September Setback

Jacob White, Senior Analyst, Sprott Asset Management: September was tough on uranium (both physical and stocks), which was negatively impacted by the month's drawdowns. We believe the uranium bull market remains intact, especially given that many countries are facing energy shortages and rocketing costs. Nuclear energy provides a solution as a reliable, affordable base-load energy source. 

Mark Carney says net-zero impossible without nuclear power

Mark Carney, the former central banker who now heads Brookfield Asset Management Inc.’s transition fund, said that moving to a net-zero economy will be impossible without wider adoption of nuclear power.

Uranium ETFs to Play the Nuclear Renaissance

The energy crisis, resulting mainly from the war in Ukraine, and several extreme weather events caused by global warming, have sparked renewed interest in alternative sources of energy. Nuclear power is back in prominence, as governments try to tackle climate change and reduce dependence on Russian fossil fuels.

US Redoubles Efforts to End Dependence on Russian Nuclear Fuel

The Biden administration’s top energy official said the US will redouble its efforts to break free from its reliance on Russian nuclear fuel.

Bloor Street Capital's Uranium Conference 5.0

John Ciampaglia, CEO of Sprott Asset Management, and Per Jander of WMC Energy participate in Uranium Conference 5.0, and share their thoughts on the current market environment. 2022 has been a news filled year beginning with civil unrest in Kazakstan, the invasion of Ukraine, energy sanctions on Russia, UK's big push into nuclear power, the restart of idled nuclear plants in Japan and the impending energy crisis in Europe. So why isn't the price of Uranium higher?

Sprott Podcast: Fall Uranium Update

John Ciampaglia and Per Jander join Ed Coyne for this timely update on physical uranium and uranium stocks. Uranium markets have been abuzz in 2022 and are benefitting from positive sentiment among investors, despite the very difficult macroeconomic backdrop. Global governments are increasingly looking to uranium and nuclear power to help meet ambitious decarbonization goals, as the world transitions away from fossil fuels. 

Why Advanced Nuclear Reactors Benefit Industry And Coal-Dependent States

The chemical maker DowDOW -3.1% will develop a small nuclear reactor for industrial applications, potentially replacing natural gas that is now burned at extremely high temperatures to make changes to chemical compounds. Advanced nuclear technologies, however, achieve the same result without releasing carbon emissions.

Uranium Funds Surf Price Surge in Renewed Bets on Nuclear Power

Uranium funds have soared from their summer lows as a global energy crunch revives interest in nuclear power.

Putin’s invasion of Ukraine threw energy prices into chaos. Now, the price of a key metal is surging

After years of being called too expensive and too dangerous, a mounting energy crisis kick-started by Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is forcing countries to reconsider their plans to rid themselves of nuclear energy.

3 Surprising Ways to Use Nuclear Energy

When people talk about clean energy, they don’t often realize that more than half of the emissions-free electricity generated in the United States comes from nuclear power.

EU support for uranium is exactly what miners of the fuel want to hear

Uranium's new lease on life, granted by the European Union on July 6, should give fresh legs to already strong prices for the yellow powder metal. The European Parliament, the EU’s legislative wing, voted positively to include nuclear energy in the bloc’s green-energy taxonomy.

Sprott Uranium Report: Uranium’s August Glow

Jacob White, Senior Analyst, Sprott Asset Management: Uranium, both the physical spot price and uranium mining equities, had standout performance in August. Uranium’s strength provided a notable divergence from the weak performance of the broader markets. Uranium's gains reflect the increased acceptance among global governments of nuclear power’s dual role in supporting the energy transition away from fossil fuels and higher energy security.

Nuclear policy 'U-turns' bullish for Canadian uranium producer Cameco

Governments from Japan to South Korea to California are making policy "U-turns" on nuclear power as the cost of energy soars in some of the world's largest economies. Uranium industry experts say the trend will tighten a market where production is already below demand.

China’s Nuclear Industry Says It Can Accelerate Expansion Plans

China has the capacity to build more nuclear reactors than planned through 2025, the nation’s top industry body said in its annual report.

Uranium Risks Becoming the Next Critical Minerals Crisis

Faced with the most serious energy crisis since the 1970s, the world is turning back to one of the biggest beneficiaries of the 1973 oil embargo: nuclear power.

California lawmakers vote to extend Diablo Canyon nuclear plant operations as state battles energy emergency

California’s state legislature voted in the early hours of the morning on the last day of the legislative session to give the state the option to keep Diablo Canyon, its last remaining operating nuclear power plant, open for another five years.

Draft Korean Energy Policy Reflects Expansion of Nuclear

South Korea's Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) has released a draft long-term energy plan looking 15 years ahead. Under the plan, the proportion of nuclear power will grow to almost one-third of the country's total energy mix by 2030 in a move aimed at boosting energy security and meeting climate goals.

Narendra Modi's nuclear power push gains traction as NTPC eyes new plants

A venture between NTPC Ltd. and India's monopoly nuclear developer is in advanced talks with the government to develop two 700-megawatt reactors in the central state of Madhya Pradesh.

Japan signals return to nuclear power to stabilise energy supply

Japan will restart more idled nuclear plants and look at developing next-generation reactors, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Wednesday, setting the stage for a major policy shift on nuclear energy a decade after the Fukushima disaster.

Dawn of a New Nuclear Renaissance?

The Sprott Physical Uranium Trust (“SPUT”, TSX: U.U ($US); U.UN ($CA)) was launched just over a year ago in July 2021. While we were optimistic about the prospects for uranium, we could not foresee the tectonic shifts in the uranium sector that followed the launch and SPUT’s significant impact.

Newsom proposes $1.4 billion loan to keep Diablo Canyon running

There is still a chance for California’s last remaining nuclear power plant to stay open. Last Friday, more than 50 nuclear advocates testified in support of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant at a California Energy Commission workshop. Many spoke of the need for California to shore up its electricity grid in the face of coming heat waves and power outages.

World’s largest uranium miner Kazatomprom ups 2024 production goals

The world’s largest uranium producer, Kazatomprom, has increased its 2024 production target by about 10% on the back of growing demand for nuclear energy amid global energy concerns, in a move that points to a reversal of some of the more aggressive curbs seen in recent years as the industry seeks to run down inventory.

Japanese support for a nuclear restart is at its highest since Fukushima disaster, says former IEA executive director

In a first for Japan since the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, public support for a nuclear restart is now at more than 60%, said a former executive director of the International Energy Agency, citing a possible energy shortage and a “very cold winter” as reasons.

Nuclear power's role in green goals grows

China is expected to further expand its installed nuclear power capacity during the 2022-25 period as the country goes full speed ahead with its green energy transition, eyeing carbon neutrality by 2060, said an industry group.

Manchin Deal Tosses $30 Billion Lifeline to US Nuclear Reactors

Struggling nuclear reactors would get a $30 billion lifeline under the Democrats’ climate change and tax bill that could save dozens of nuclear power plants from an early retirement.

No power technology can replace or do the job of nuclear energy today, says Duke Energy CEO

There is no technology that can replace nuclear energy today, Lynn Good, CEO of Duke Energy, told CNBC’s Jim Cramer at the Evolve Global Summit on Wednesday.

Part of the solution to climate change is nuclear power

In order to avoid cataclysmic climate failure, the world community must broaden its clean energy arsenal and accelerate technological advances. And that includes nuclear power.

Gas crisis spurs Germany to mull extending life of nuclear plants

Germany may extend the life of its three remaining nuclear power plants, the economy ministry said on Monday, as public support rises in the face of a possible cut-off of Russian gas.

Once-Unthinkable Nuclear Green Bonds Are Coming to Europe

Europe’s green bond market is preparing to finance nuclear energy projects for the first time.

Japan Wants Up to Nine Nuclear Reactors Online This Winter

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said he asked for as many as nine nuclear reactors to be online this winter to help with an expected power crunch.

European Parliament has chosen to listen to the science

Today's decision by the European Parliament to include nuclear energy in the EU taxonomy will help the fight against climate change and accelerate progress towards a sustainable low-carbon energy system by stimulating investment in new nuclear projects, not just in Europe, but worldwide.

Namibia to see more mines reopening amid rising uranium prices

Namibia will see more mines reopening amid rising prices of uranium, the fuel used to produce nuclear energy.

IAEA initiative to accelerate deployment of SMRs

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has launched a new initiative aimed at accelerating the safe and secure deployment of advanced nuclear reactors, with a particular focus on small modular reactors (SMRs).

Nuclear Power on the Upswing, Numerous Projects Take Shape Around the World

The International Energy Agency (IEA) says momentum is building for nuclear power in many countries amid soaring fuel prices and growing energy security concerns.

IEA calls for major role for nuclear power in clean energy systems

Nuclear power can play a significant role in helping countries solve the twin crises of energy and climate and securely transition to future energy systems dominated by renewables, according to a new report, Nuclear Power and Secure Energy Transitions: From Today’s Challenges to Tomorrow’s Clean Energy Systems, released June 30 by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Uranium ETFs Could See Growing Demand

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could accelerate uranium’s growing importance. Russia does not comprise a huge portion of the world’s uranium production, ranked sixth among uranium-producing countries in 2021, and representing roughly 6% of mined uranium, according to the World Nuclear Association.

Repurposing Fossil Fuel Power Plant Sites with SMRs to Ease Clean Energy Transition

As coal consumption surges amid energy market turmoil, global efforts to slash the use of the most polluting fossil fuel by 2050 appear increasingly challenged.

Nuclear Energy Industry Committed to Secure Fuel Supply

Since the tragic Russian invasion of Ukraine began, the United States has been rethinking how and if we do business with Russia. This is true in the power sector as well, and the nuclear energy industry has been examining its fuel supply chain, looking at all options that will allow us to transition away from any dependency on Russia.

South Korea Looks to Nuclear Expansion in Bid to Meet Climate Targets

South Korea will expand the role of nuclear energy in order to meet its climate target. President Yoon Suk Yeol’s new government will increase the portion of atomic power in the energy mix to meet its emissions reductions goal, or Nationally Determined Contribution, it said Thursday.

US Seeks $4.3 Billion for Uranium to Wean Off Russia Supply

The Biden administration is pushing lawmakers to support a $4.3 billion plan to buy enriched uranium directly from domestic producers to wean the US off Russian imports of the nuclear-reactor fuel, according to a person familiar with the matter. Shares of uranium companies surged.

Working in the Diablo Canyon reactor control room turned this mom into a nuclear advocate

Heather Hoff was working in the control room of the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant near in San Luis Obispo County, Calif., when an earthquake caused a tsunami that shut off the power supply cooling three nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. Three nuclear reactor cores at Fukushima melted down.

Uranium Investors Await Price Rally to Revive Namibia Projects

Namibia’s finance minister said uranium miners are waiting for prices to recover before reviving projects in Africa’s biggest producer of the ore, which is needed for nuclear power in a world shifting away from fossil fuels.

Energy Chief Asks Manchin for Domestic Uranium Enrichment Funds

The US Department of Energy is asking Congress for funding to create a domestic source of enriched uranium, calling the country’s reliance on Russian imports a “vulnerability” for both national and economic security.

Romania picks site of old coal power plant for first small nuclear reactor in Europe

Romanian nuclear energy producer Nuclearelectrica has selected the site of the old coal-fired power plant in Doiceşti, 90 kilometers northwest of the capital, for the installation of the first small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) technology in Romania. It broke the news in Bucharest at an SMR workshop organized by the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).

California, Long Leery of Nuclear Power, Joins Bid to Save It

The push to make nuclear power a key tool to fight climate change is getting a boost from one of the most unlikely places on Earth: California.

The West Desperately Needs To Invest In Uranium Mining

The European Union, the United States, and their Asia-Pacific allies have been on a sanction crusade against Russian for three months now. Energy was not the first target of sanction action, but it has risen to the top of the agenda now. And nuclear is no exception.

Russia dominates nuclear power supply chains — and the West needs to prepare now to be independent in the future

There were 439 nuclear reactors in operation around the globe in 2021, and 38 of them were in Russia, an additional 42 were made with Russian nuclear reactor technology, and 15 more under construction at the end of 2021 were being built with Russian technology.

Nuclear included in EU's repowering plan

The European Commission has formally adopted the REPowerEU plan which aims to rapidly reduce EU dependence on Russian fossil fuels. The plan recognises that nuclear will have a role to play in ensuring security of EU energy supplies, and highlights the importance of coordinated action to reduce dependence on Russian nuclear materials and fuel cycle services.

Unloved since Fukushima, uranium is hot again for miners

Uranium miners are racing to revive projects mothballed after the Fukushima disaster more than a decade ago, spurred by renewed demand for nuclear energy and a leap in yellowcake prices after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Webcast: Uranium Miners and the Clean Energy Opportunity

Ed Coyne, Tim Rotolo and John Ciampaglia: A new uranium bull market is underway. Uranium miners are well positioned to take share within the energy sector as energy security and decarbonization take center stage globally. A uranium supply deficit is looming on the horizon, and uranium miners are likely to be the beneficiaries of increased investment. Learn more from our webcast replay.

Early Innings for Uranium Investments

A new uranium bull market is underway. Energy security and decarbonization are taking center stage globally, igniting a fresh and more rational look at the benefits of nuclear power. Ed Coyne, Senior Managing Director at Sprott, joins Tim Rotolo, co-creator of the North Shore Global Uranium Mining Index (URNMX), to explain how the Index is constructed to provide exposure to the key components of the uranium mining industry.

U.S. working on uranium strategy, should not import from Russia -Granholm

U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said on Thursday that the United States was working on a strategy to ensure steady uranium supply and that the country should not be sending any more money to Russia for the nuclear reactor fuel.

Video - NYSE with CEO John Ciampaglia on URNM

Douglas Yones, NYSE Head of Exchange Traded Products, interviews John Ciampaglia, Chief Executive Officer, Sprott Asset Management, on the recent launch of Sprott Uranium Miners ETF (URNM).

Sprott to bring its uranium mining ETF to Europe

Toronto-based Sprott Asset Management is preparing to launch an ETF in Europe providing exposure to companies in the uranium mining industry.

With Emissions Soaring, Democratic Governors Sour On Plans To Shut Down Nuclear Power

The governors of Michigan and California have signaled their support for President Joe Biden’s nuclear agenda.

Nuclear Needs Small Amounts of Land to Deliver Big Amounts of Electricity

Nuclear energy pairs perfectly with renewables such as wind and solar to create a reliable, clean energy system. It provides carbon-free, around-the-clock power to fill the gaps when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing. Nuclear also complements renewables because it generates more power with less land—31 times less than solar facilities and 173 times less than wind farms.

Sprott Podcast: Uncovering the World of Uranium

Host Ed Coyne is joined by Tim Rotolo, co-creator of the North Shore Global Uranium Mining Index (URNMX), to discuss the current dynamics of the uranium mining sector and how the Index is constructed to provide exposure to the key components of the uranium mining industry.

As Putin Threatens Nuclear Disaster, Europe Learns to Embrace Nuclear Energy Again

Europe was already considering expanding nuclear power for climate change purposes. The war in Ukraine might speed up the timeline.

U3O8 Price Update: Q1 2022 in Review

The first quarter of 2022 marked another positive performance for uranium, which saw its value rise an impressive 36 percent over the three month period.

U.S. Is Set to Launch a $6 Billion Effort to Save Nuclear Plants

The Energy Department is expected to provide details as soon as Monday on a $6 billion program aimed at keeping uneconomical nuclear plants in service, providing a lifeline to an industry that’s seen a raft of early reactor retirements driven by competition from cheaper power sources.

Guangdong plans to build nuclear power industrial parks to ensure energy security

According to the plan released by the provincial government, Guangdong will develop the nuclear energy industry, with new nuclear power industrial parks to be built in Yangjiang and other places.

Does Ukraine war mean a renaissance for nuclear in EU?

As the EU ramps up efforts to reduce dependence on Russian oil and gas, the focus has shifted back towards nuclear energy — along with renewables — as an option.

Bull run for uranium is in the second inning, Sprott CEO says

Sprott Asset Management CEO John Ciampaglia on the soaring price of uranium. With CNBC’s Melissa Lee and the Fast Money traders, Guy Adami, Tim Seymour, Karen Finerman and Dan Nathan.

As Russia attacks Ukraine, experts weigh European ‘renaissance’ for nuclear energy

As European leaders condemn Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and unspeakable violence against civilians, many have found themselves in an awkward situation: They need Russian gas to heat buildings and generate electricity.

This daughter and father founded a company to bury nuclear waste by drilling deep boreholes

Currently, there is no permanent nuclear waste depository in the United States. Instead, nuclear waste is stored in dry casks at the locations of currently operating and former nuclear power plants around the country.

The US can’t seem to quit Russian uranium

Biden banned Russian fossil fuels, but uranium has been trickier to tackle.

India plans to build ten nuclear plants over next three years

The Indian government is reportedly planning to build ten nuclear power plants in ‘fleet mode’ in the country over the next three years.

China to expand deployment of nuclear power in clean, secure energy push

China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) on Tuesday issued the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) for a modern energy system, in which it outlined clear targets for annual energy supply capacity while specifying measures to enhance the country's energy independence, including increasing nuclear power as the country is going greener.

Government signaling u-turn in nuclear energy policy

The government is rushing to make a rapid course correction in its nuclear energy policy, as evidenced by the energy minister calling for swift construction of four nuclear energy plants, a plan that has long been stalled and faced political disruptions under the Moon Jae-in administration.

Belgium delays nuclear energy exit 10 years due to Ukraine war

Belgium on Friday delayed by a decade a plan to scrap nuclear energy in 2025, spooked by the huge rise in energy prices due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Senate Republicans seek Russian uranium ban

A number of Republican senators will unveil legislation Thursday to ban imports of Russian uranium, a move that would further constrict the flow of U.S. dollars into Moscow’s war chest by adding yet another energy source to the list of those embargoed by America over the war against Ukraine.

Why Russia’s invasion of Ukraine lifted uranium prices to their highest in over a decade

Uranium prices have gained as much as 40% since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, touching levels the market hasn’t seen in more than a decade, even though the war has had little immediate impact on global supplies of the fuel used to generate nuclear energy.

U.S. Weighs Sanctions on Russian Nuclear Power Supplier Rosatom: War in Ukraine

The Biden administration is considering imposing sanctions on Russia’s state-owned atomic energy company, Rosatom Corp., a major supplier of fuel and technology to power plants around the world, according to people familiar with the matter.

Uranium price spikes over Russia supply fears

The uranium spot price surged more than 10% on Wednesday closing in on $60 a pound after media reports that the Biden administration is considering imposing sanctions on Russia’s state-owned atomic energy company, Rosatom.

Eye-Watering Energy Prices Spark a Nuclear Power Rethink

Soaring fossil fuel prices and rising demand for clean energy have governments around the world reconsidering nuclear power programs that had been left for dead amid safety concerns and massive cost overruns.

Exclusive: U.S. utilities push White House not to sanction Russian uranium

The U.S. nuclear power industry is lobbying the White House to allow uranium imports from Russia to continue despite the escalating conflict in Ukraine, with cheap supplies of the fuel seen as key to keeping American electricity prices low, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Exclusive: U.S. utilities push White House not to sanction Russian uranium

The U.S. nuclear power industry is lobbying the White House to allow uranium imports from Russia to continue despite the escalating conflict in Ukraine, with cheap supplies of the fuel seen as key to keeping American electricity prices low, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Podcast - Uranium Update

Host Ed Coyne is joined by Per Jander from WMC Energy for a lively discussion on nuclear energy and how the uranium market has evolved since the launch of the Sprott Physical Uranium Trust. Ed and Per breakdown how environmental and geopolitical concerns, increased energy demand and energy security are all impacting the shift in sentiment towards nuclear energy. 

Uranium & Nuclear Energy: Critical to the Clean Energy Transition

Ed Coyne, Per Jander and John Ciampaglia: Nuclear energy’s profile as a highly efficient, reliable and zero-carbon producing energy source has helped to create a new bull market for physical uranium. We discuss the shifting sentiment toward nuclear power and why a growing number of investors are investing in physical uranium and uranium miners.

DOE Establishes $6 Billion Program to Preserve America’s Clean Nuclear Energy Infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today released a Notice of Intent (NOI) and Request for Information (RFI) on the implementation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s $6 billion Civil Nuclear Credit Program. 

Announcing new reactors, Macron puts nuclear power at heart of carbon-neutral push

France will build at least six new nuclear reactors in the decades to come, President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday, placing nuclear power at the heart of his country's drive for carbon neutrality by 2050.

State regulators approve Xcel plan that shifts from coal to nuclear energy, renewables

Company wants to close its coal plants by 2030, extend the life of its Monticello reactor by 10 years and add new solar and wind farms.

EU proposes rules to label some gas and nuclear investments as green

Investments in some gas and nuclear power plants would be labelled as sustainable under rules proposed by European Commission on Wednesday, a plan that has split countries and investors, and which some lawmakers will attempt to block.

Europe’s Nuclear Power Plants Are Disappearing Just as Energy Crisis Hits Hard

Countries are plunging deeper into an energy crisis, but some governments are still shutting down reactors.

How to Invest in Uranium as Nuclear Power Returns

Nuclear power is back in the headlines. Unrest in Kazakhstan, which provides over 40% of the world’s uranium (the fuel most widely used to power nuclear plants), sent spot prices for the metal up nearly 10% to $46 per pound on 5 January. 

Good news for uranium: Nuclear energy has a record reliability, despite past disasters

Nuclear energy has a proven record of reliability in a world that’s struggling to accept less dependable sources of renewable energy. That brightens the outlook for the uranium that fuels the sector.

Nuclear Power Production, by Country

Nearly 450 reactors around the world supply various nations with nuclear power, combining for about 10% of the world’s electricity, or about 4% of the global energy mix.

France's nuclear power program sparks tensions with Germany over what is clean energy

As Europe strives to curb greenhouse gas emissions, France is expanding nuclear power — setting itself at odds with Germany over what constitutes clean energy.

Visualizing Nuclear Power Production by Country

Nearly 450 reactors around the world supply various nations with nuclear power, combining for about 10% of the world’s electricity, or about 4% of the global energy mix.

Why the uranium price is set to keep rising

Turmoil in Kazakhstan – the world's leading producer of uranium, has sent the uranium price up by more than 8% in a week. And that's not the end of it.

Joe Manchin Just Gave Biden a Path for His Green Goals With Pro-Nuclear Stance

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, whose opposition is threatening to derail President Joe Biden’s massive social-spending plan, wants to expand at least one of its climate provisions: a tax credit to keep nuclear plants operating.

Uranium price rally spurs first exploration increase since 2011

Uranium mining companies reversed a 10-year decline in exploration budgets in 2021 as companies aim to capitalize on higher yellowcake prices and a rosier demand outlook.

Nuclear Power Reactors Could Be Way for Nations to Achieve Climate Goals

Reactors are poised to become a bigger part of the energy mix as the 2030 emissions deadline looms.

Uranium stocks jump as protests in Kazakhstan threaten global supply

The threat from recent protests and increasing political unrest in Kazakhstan are rippling through the global uranium market and is pushing shares of Canadian uranium producers higher.

EU’s plan to include gas and nuclear in ‘green’ ranking leaves investors confused

The commission sees natural gas and nuclear as means to “facilitate the transition towards a predominantly renewable-based future.

3 Reasons Nuclear Power Has Returned to the Energy Debate

If we believed our own rhetoric about the climate crisis, support for nuclear would be much higher.

Europe Plans to Say Nuclear Power and Natural Gas Are Green Investments

The draft proposal could help unleash a wave of investment, but critics say both sources of energy cause damage to the environment.

Giving Coal Communities a Second Carbon-Free Life

The climate crisis has shown that it is imperative to move away from carbon-emitting sources of energy, including coal. Now, areas across the U.S. are facing the closure of coal plants that have economically sustained the surrounding communities. Nuclear energy, which has zero operating emissions, can play a key role in giving these communities a second, carbon-free life.

What’s Next for Nuclear in 2022?

During the past year, the nuclear industry has seen significant milestones in international cooperation, domestic partnerships, new areas of expansion, and global recognition. Nuclear energy is poised to accomplish even more in the coming year.

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The Sprott Physical Uranium Trust is generally exposed to the multiple risks that have been identified and described in the Management Information Circular and the Prospectus. Please refer to the Management Information Circular or the Prospectus for a description of these risks.

Forward Looking Statements
The above update contains forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws ("forward-looking statements"). Forward-looking statements in this update include, without limitation, statements regarding expected future compliance with Rule 15-c-211 and the resumption of regular trading of the SRUUF ticker once OTC Markets confirms that the Trust has satisfied its public information eligibility requirements. With respect to the forward-looking statements contained in this update, the Trust has made numerous assumptions regarding, among other things: its ability to satisfy the requirement of the OTC Markets in a timely manner, or at all. While the Trust considers these assumptions to be reasonable, these assumptions are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, market and social uncertainties and contingencies. Additionally, there are known and unknown risk factors that could cause the Trust's actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements contained in this update. A discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties facing the Trust appears in the Trust's continuous disclosure filings, which are available at www.sedar.com. All forward-looking statements herein are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement, and the Trust disclaims any obligation to revise or update any such forward-looking statements or to publicly announce the result of any revisions to any of the forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect future results, events or developments, except as required by law.

Past performance is not an indication of future results. All data is in U.S. dollars unless otherwise noted. The information provided is general in nature and is provided with the understanding that it may not be relied upon as, nor considered to be tax, legal, accounting or professional advice. Readers should consult with their own accountants and/or lawyers for advice on their specific circumstances before taking any action. Sprott Asset Management LP is the investment manager to the Sprott Physical Uranium Trust (the “Trust”). Important information about the Trust, including the investment objectives and strategies, applicable management fees, and expenses, is contained in the Management Information Circular and the Prospectus. Please read the Management Information Circular and the Prospectus carefully before investing. You will usually pay brokerage fees to your dealer if you purchase or sell units of the Trusts on the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) or the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”). If the units are purchased or sold on the TSX or the NYSE, investors may pay more than the current net asset value when buying units or shares of the Trusts and may receive less than the current net asset value when selling them. Investment funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated. The information contained herein does not constitute an offer or solicitation to anyone in the United States or in any other jurisdiction in which such an offer or solicitation is not authorized or to any person to whom it is unlawful to make such an offer or solicitation. Views expressed regarding a particular company, security, industry or market sector should not be considered an indication of trading intent of any investment funds managed by Sprott Asset Management LP. These views are not to be considered as investment advice nor should they be considered a recommendation to buy or sell.

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