Who We Are
Who Is the United Nuclear Industry Alliance?
The United Nuclear Industry Alliance’s mission is to: Create innovative business relationships among its Members; facilitate effective local, state, and federal government support that reenergizes the U.S. Supply Chain community; and maximize Members’ ability to compete in the nuclear industry domestically and internationally.
The United Nuclear Industry Alliance’s vision is to create a Business League of companies and individuals who provide goods and services to the US nuclear power industry (Suppliers and Supply Chain) which will act to preserve our current fleet by improving efficiency and reducing costs for generation of nuclear power by creating new and innovative approaches for deploying new more competitive nuclear projects around the world.
A Value-Based Organization
The Supply Chain community and the Utility community are the Nuclear Industry. Utilities and the Supply Chain are inextricably linked to each other’s success.
A successful Utility community requires a successful Supply Chain community, and vice versa.
Suppliers have unique needs. The Supply Chain community needs an “Advocate” – a voice dedicated to and run by Suppliers.
The Supply Chain community needs a dedicated, business focused, business alliance group, that is focused on improving the Utility – Supply Chain relationship & business model and ensures that the Utility and Supply Chain’s relationships and “Business Model” are robust and competitive.
Elements for Success
The elements of the United Nuclear Industry Alliance overview can be summarized as:
• Supply Chain community Business Focus
• Member focus on Suppliers and their affiliates and clients
• Marketing, developing business opportunities, create interlocking business relationships
• Target Supply Chain community business development activities, advocacy, supply chain improvements
• Members interface with affiliates and client communities
• Vast majority of potential Members are not currently, or expected to become, members of any other Industry/Supplier organization
• ~ 500+ Members (target)
• Create, and participate in, US and International Business events (Organize, Sponsor, Speak and Attend, Establish Business Relationships, Ensure Opportunities are created) for the benefit of its Members
What Makes UNI Different
What makes the United Nuclear Industry Alliance different are six (6) core competencies:
1. Experience in Supply Chain activities with a passion for preserving and growing our Supply Chain community.
2. Involvement of Members in task forces and working groups that return tangible value to every Member.
3. Focus by being a true 501(c)(6) non-profit that will return any profits from conferences and other activities back to our Members.
4. Collaboration by conducting Supply Chain conferences focused on improving Member business relationships.
5. Best Practices sharing by conducting Supplier/Utility meetings that will focus on cooperation and contract practices.
6. Commitment by doing what others want to do but cannot.
An Inconvenient Truth
The U.S. nuclear industry is currently at a significant disadvantage within the global nuclear market, competing against foreign subsidies, unfair foreign competition practices, and exclusionary foreign nuclear market alliances.
Moving Forward Together
UNI will aggressively work as an industry partner with federal, state, and local governments, to facilitate an ongoing mandate for nuclear development. UNI will work to find ways to enhance and improve relationships and infrastructure/activities between utilities and suppliers, to bring about better communication and collaboration, and increase supply chain effectiveness. Alliance sponsored supplier consortia teams will be tasked to develop creative solutions for nuclear science and technology challenges. UNI will work to remove legislative, regulatory, and policy roadblocks. The approach will also include justifications for increasing U.S. Government support and involvement, and working to solve the following important regulatory burden issues such as:
• Increase U.S. Government support for R&D, such as large-scale investments for U.S. advantage: studies; pilot/demonstration plants; and advanced reactors.
• Create advanced U.S. Government strategies for America such as spent fuel take-back (like Russia), financing offers (like China) through EX-IM Bank, and improving export laws.
• Increase supply chain effectiveness by unlocking innovation through supplier consortia teams to solve nuclear science and technology gaps. In addition, to improving U.S. industry visibility, the Alliance will provide an updated catalog of American suppliers and capabilities.
• Improve export control regulation effectiveness.
• Create a paradigm shift to simplify and accelerate in the U.S. regulatory processes and licensing reviews.
Our Plan - "Move the Needle Further and Faster"
The United States invented nuclear technology beginning with President Dwight David Eisenhower’s “Atoms for Peace” initiative in December 1953 and has developed peaceful applications for nuclear energy that have brought significant carbon-free benefits to the entire world for more than a half-century. But over the years, America has lost its place as the global leader in nuclear technology and supplying goods and services both domestically and internationally.
UNI will therefore develop plans for growing the U.S. nuclear business both domestically and globally. This plan will include such considerations as:
• Establishing a global market intelligence collaboration with U.S. Government agencies, and members on global opportunities, and to cover/report on at selected conferences.
• Achieving a more effective information flow (gathered, assessed, and shared), and providing the U.S. government (State Department and Commerce Department) with a “point-of-contact” for dissemination of global nuclear business opportunities.
• Developing a new collaboration mechanism between the U.S. Government and the domestic nuclear industry to target and market opportunities.
• Improving the success of future trade missions by active participation in trade and marketing strategies.
• Working to create a global market “product differentiation” standard that “If you want it done right – buy American” emphasizing that the U.S. nuclear industry “DNA” is Quality, Quality, Quality (On-Schedule, On-Budget, and Honor Commitments).
• Working with the U.S. Congress and Federal agencies) to analyze foreign competitive export strategy lessons learned (China, Russia, Korea, Japan, Canada, France) when opportunities are lost in such countries as the UK, Argentina, Turkey, Pakistan.
• Advocating for a more effective unity of each U.S. position and to establish reasonable targets for country/product exports, and American content versus local content.
• Forming working groups to target and coordinate/prioritize selected areas for development where a semi-level playing field already exists: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; India; Poland; and South Africa.
• Improving competitive strategies such as: leveraging U.S. EX-IM Bank support for nuclear power deals and U.S. content or developing new sources for nuclear project financing.
We Can All Succeed If We Work Together
UNI will work in collaboration with all aspects of the US Nuclear Industry, and represent our Members with organizations such as:
• Bipartisan Policy Center’s Advisory Committee on America’s Nuclear Future;
• International Business Markets, Trade meetings/conferences;
• Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) Advisory Committee;
• U.S. Department of Commerce’s Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee;
• U.S. State and Commerce Departments, and the US Export-Import Bank;
• American Nuclear Society; and
• US Nuclear Energy Institute.
We need your Company on our Export Strategy and Supply Chain Working Groups! By joining, your input will help shape and guide the US Nuclear Supply Chain strategy and increase US content in New Reactor projects both domestically and Globally.