Our mission at the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) is to promote the highest levels of safety and reliability – to promote excellence – in the operation of commercial nuclear power plants.
We work to achieve our mission by:
INPO employees work to help the nuclear power industry achieve the highest levels of safety and reliability – excellence – through:
These are the four cornerstones of INPO.
INPO evaluation teams travel to nuclear electric generating facilities to observe operations, analyze processes, shadow personnel, and ask a lot of questions.
With an intense focus on safety and reliability, our evaluation teams assess the:
Additionally, INPO conducts corporate evaluations that are also focused on safety and reliability.
Training and Accreditation
Our National Academy for Nuclear Training provides training and support for nuclear power professionals.
Nuclear professionals from across the United States – and throughout the world – attend training at the INPO facility in Atlanta and take the various online courses offered by INPO.
In addition, we evaluate individual plant and utility training programs to identify strengths and weaknesses and recommend improvements. Selected operator and technical training programs are accredited through the independent National Nuclear Accrediting Board.
Events Analysis and Information Exchange
INPO assists in reviewing any significant events at nuclear electric generating plants.
Through INPO information exchange and publications, we communicate lessons learned and best practices throughout the nuclear power industry.
At the request of individual nuclear electric generating facilities, INPO provides assistance with specific technical or management issues in areas related to plant operation and support.
Our values at INPO are the foundation of all that we do professionally and personally.
Established by the nuclear power industry in December 1979, the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations is a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Atlanta.
The Kemeny Commission – set up by President Jimmy Carter to investigate the March 1979 accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant – had recommended that:
In addressing those recommendations, the nuclear power industry:
Today the U.S. nuclear industry and INPO can be proud of their decades-long partnership. The industry’s record of progress—in virtually every aspect of safety and reliability— demonstrates how much has been achieved since the TMI accident. Performance indicators reflect significant industry progress in many areas.
But while this hard-earned success is well deserved, the special nature of nuclear technology reminds us that our industry is always judged against the highest of standards. We cannot stand still or think we have accomplished enough, especially at a time when our industry is undergoing rapid change.
This is an exciting time to be a part of the nuclear industry, and a part of INPO. The industry is poised to begin building new plants. Another change is the increasingly global nature of the nuclear business. Additionally, our newest nuclear professionals—younger and more diverse—bring with them great enthusiasm and a fresh perspective that can benefit INPO and the industry.
INPO is preparing its workforce of the future. Founded in 2008, INPO’s chapter of North American Young Generation in Nuclear provides opportunities for young nuclear professionals at INPO and throughout the industry to participate in knowledge transfer, networking and professional development events.