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Index / Coal

Karla Lant reported that although Britain has historically run on coal-generated power, the country just went without any for a full 24 hours. This is a first for the area, and it will be the first of many such days to come. The National Grid confirmed that April 21 was the first full day of coal-free power in 135 years, following a relatively long stretch of 19 hours in May 2016. This is not due to any one alternative power source, but to an increasingly varied range of power options.

Gridwatch observers estimate that about half of the energy used that day came from natural gas, wh... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Andrew Follett reports that General Atomics has developed nuclear reactor fuel that uses uranium carbide instead of uranium oxide, which is normally used to fuel light water reactors. Helium coolant will make meltdowns impossible, and the fuel could also reduce the amount of used nuclear fuel to be disposed of, according to Christina Back, vice president of nuclear technologies and materials at General Atomics.

Recent technological advancements could turn environmentalists into huge fans of nuclear power, according to a nuclear physicist. Christina Back said her company, General Ato... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

WNN reports that the Uranium Producers of America recommends that the DOE should stop all sales by DOE when the uranium spot market price is below the U.S. EIA reported production cost for uranium (currently $35.453 per pound), and that under no circumstance should it transfer more uranium than the U.S. uranium industry is producing that year.

It calls for the DOE to work with Congress to pass legislation establishing statutory limits on excess uranium transfers and enhancing transparency and predictability associated with transfers. It also says the DoE should seek to maximize taxp... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Wallace McKelvey, in a not-so-subtle, biased article opines that nuclear power, which generates more than 30% of Pennsylvania electricity, could soon disappear from the state amid a glut of cheap natural gas from the Marcellus Shale play. And the first of 5 Pennsylvania plants to close could be the Three Mile Island facility, as soon as 2019. Yes, Three Mile Island nuclear power plant has been operating since the 1970s.

TMI owner Exelon is seeking the PA Legislature help to keep marginally economic reactors like TMI open. The same argument is being made in other states as well, Illi... More →
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Index / Mining & Minerals - Evaluations / Rare Earth Exploration, Mining, Processing, Uses

Emily Smith reports that geologists have discovered evidence of rare minerals in western Queensland that could be used to develop cutting edge technologies worth trillions of dollars. Experts from the Department of Natural Resources and Mines and the University of Queensland found the evidence of platinum and gold as well as rare-earth elements used in technologies from hybrid vehicle batteries to super-conducting magnets.

Natural Resources Minister Anthony Lynham said the discovery could open up a whole new frontier for Queensland. Beyond the potential economic boost for Queensland... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Leia Toovey opines that demand for nuclear power will grow over the coming years with dozens of new nuclear plants currently under development, both large and small scale. Most of the planned and under construction plants are in emerging markets, particularly China. Even though there are concerns about nuclear power, it remains one of the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly ways to generate electricity.

While China has been moving forward with nuclear power plant builds in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Europe had been reluctant to expand its nuclear p... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Yuthana Praiwan Yuthana reports that what appeared to be a devastating accident at Japan Fukushima nuclear power plant in 2011, which later was found to have killed or injured no one but minor injuries, and no radiation, sparked worldwide fears for a period that forced many countries, including Thailand, to scrap their nuclear power development plans. However, experts soon realized that meltdowns can be managed and still believe that the technology is needed to help drive Thailand economic transformation forward.

Radiation experts say areas suitable for developing new nuclear power ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

David Iaconangelo reports that in late 2013, operators at a Los Alamos nuclear lab stuffed the wrong kind of kitty litter into a waste drum and shipped it off to Carlsbad, N.M. Deep below the earth, at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, a chemical reaction popped open the drum and sent small amounts of radioactivity ascending to the surface, contaminating nearly two dozen workers.

That now-infamous accident, coming less than two weeks after a fire hospitalized six workers with minor burns at the underground plant, shut down WIPP for three years out of an abundance of caution and safet... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Chris Mooney opines on the Perry study of the U.S. electric grid having a particular emphasis on recent coal and nuclear plant closures on whether environmental policies may be driving them.

Perry asked his team to undertake a 60-day inquiry into the extent to which continued regulatory burdens, as well as mandates and tax and subsidy policies, are responsible for forcing the premature retirement of baseload power plants, such as those fueled by coal or nuclear energy, among other grid-related questions.

Yet even this inquiry has stirred controversy in the new administra... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

Freeman Ngulu reports that Deep Yellow Limited announced that more drilling currently happening in the Namib Naukluft National Park holds good promise for finding more sizable uranium deposits. The first stage of a 10,000 meter drilling plan started last month on EPL3496 and EPL3497 by Deep Yellow wholly-owned subsidiary, Reptile Uranium Namibia.

According to Deep Yellow, the EPLs which are in good standing and are valid until 05 June this year were originally granted to Reptile Uranium Namibia in 2006. An application for the renewal of the Exclusive Exploration Licences has been su... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Gary Martin reports that the U.S. House energy committee has scheduled a hearing next week to begin the legislative process to revive the mothballed Yucca Mountain nuclear repository in Nevada. Rep. Walden, R-Ore., the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said Wednesday that legislation on a comprehensive solution to nuclear waste management policy would be the subject of the hearing.

The hearing by the environment subcommittee, under Chairman Shimkus, R-Ill., would examine the federal government responsibility to dispose of nuclear waste from plants across the count... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

Christopher Ecclestone reports that Western Uranium Corporation origins are based on the combination of a number of assets ... the Sunday Mine Complex, the Pinon Ridge Mill project and license and uranium assets in Utah and Colorado. It is still assumed that it is only the top 10% of a series of deposits that one sees above the waterline (water table?).

Though what one sees of Western Uranium data are largely the Sunday Mine Complex, the Hansen/Taylor asset needs serious further consideration particularly because it is larger in resource volume than many of the well-known names of t... More →
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Index / Coal / Exploration, Production, Coal Ash, Rare Earths

Keith Williams provides a summary of Chinese activities in coal as of 2017 ...

1. China continues to experiment with setting a price for coal by manipulating local production.

2. China bans coal imports from North Korea in 2017 and Mongolia dramatically increased export of coking coal to China in 2016.

3. International coal producers, Indonesia, Australia to benefit, but what about Mongolia?

4. Experts do not think this reflects a fundamental shift in coal industry decline.

5. Paris climate agreement ratification continues, record global t... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Mary Jane Fountain opines on the nature of the uranium market and provides a summary, as follows ...

1. Despite negative sentiment from Fukushima, analysts say uranium fundamentals support rising prices.

2. The World Nuclear Association says a 100% increase in international power stations is being either planned or proposed, 160 already being planned.

3. The price of uranium got off to a good start in 2017, but has it fizzled out? The ETF chart for the stock URA suggests not, and it is just correcting the February high.

4. According to several analys... More →
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Index / Coal / Lignite, Graphite, Graphene, and Carbon Uses

AZoCleantech reports that in preliminary electrical conductivity testing, AGCs DEXDG conductivity-enhanced, diluent product significantly outperformed TIMCAL TIMREX KS4 premium primary synthetic graphite and Superior Graphite premium-quality natural flake graphite, both commercially available conductivity-enhanced products.

DEXDG is a form of processed natural crystalline flake graphite with improved electrical conductivity in electrode matrixes for Li-ion (secondary or rechargeable), lithium (primary or non-rechargeable) and alkaline battery cells. Additionally, DEXDG is preferabl... More →
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Index / Renewable Energy (Other Energy Resources) / Economics, Batteries

Giles Parkinson opines with the question .... Ever hear the story about why renewable energy can not compete without a subsidy? You hear it all the time from the fossil fuel industry, he says. And the response from renewables? Take away fossil fuel subsidies, and they would be glad to compete on level terms.

David Hochschild, a commissioner with the California Energy Commission, at the Energy Productivity Summer Study in Sydney, illustrates why the fossil fuel and nuclear industries do not want that to happen.

Studies by the International Energy Agency point out that glob... More →
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Index / Coal / Economics

Zachary Shahan also reports on coal subsidies. The largest and yet most overlooked type of subsidy is related to externalities.

The full cost of a good is often not paid by the producer. That hidden cost is also not included in the price. But that cost is still being paid by others, which means that the price of that good is artificially low and is being subsidized by those others.

Such external costs (costs external to the company) are called externalities. Perhaps the most common type of externality is pollution. Pollution increases the costs of healthcare and degrade... More →
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Index / Conventional Oil & Gas Resources / Related Environmental Issues

Zachary Shahan in following up on his post earlier on the subsidies to coal, also posted oil and natural gas subsidies. Just as with coal, oil and natural gas cause a tremendous amount of pollution(?), which results in sizable subsidies in the form of uncorrected externalities? Unlike coal, he is unaware of any comprehensive studies that attempt to quantify the health and environmental costs of oil or natural gas. However, there are documented effects and calculations. Starting with natural gas...

As Environment America writes, natural-gas fracking has left a trail of contaminated w... More →
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Index / Conventional Oil & Gas Resources / Economics

Tom Shepstone reports that the facts on federal energy subsidies dramatically favor investment in natural gas over other energy sources commanding large subsidies and producing little.

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) released some fascinating data a few weeks ago regarding Federal subsidies of the energy industry. The information is a powerful illustration of why Shepstone concludes that natural gas is the future of energy for the U.S. and, for that matter, the world.

Requested by Congress, the data come from a special study summed in this article. It demonst... More →
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Index / Conventional Oil & Gas Resources / Economics

This is the most recent federal government report that focuses on financial interventions and subsidies that meet the following criteria ... 1) they are provided by the federal government, 2) they provide a financial benefit with an identifiable federal budget impact, and 3) they are specifically targeted at energy.

These criteria, particularly the energy-specific requirement, exclude some subsidies that benefit the energy sector. For example, Section 199 of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, referred to as the domestic manufacturing deduction, provides reductions in taxable ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Stateside reports that the nuclear power industry has a problem, caused by the Federal government. It has no way to dispose of spent nuclear fuel rods, some of which are high-level nuclear waste.

Since 1987, the Federal plan was a facility in Nevada known as Yucca Mountain. The Obama administration basically put that project on hold. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission completed a safety evaluation report and completed an Environmental Impact Statement last year, both of which favored opening the facility for business.

Now the new administration indicates Yucca Mountain is ... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

Dr. Conca reports that recently, 4 municipal election candidates from the traditionally anti-nuclear Green Party in Finland published an opinion piece in which they stated that humanity no longer has the luxury of opposing nuclear power. As discussed by J. M. Korhonen, this is significant.

Well over a 100 election candidates from all the major parties, these Greens included, signed a petition calling for feasibility studies for nuclear district heating to provide heat for Finnish cities.

The Green Party was a major winner in these Finnish elections, taking over 12% of th... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Exploration, Mining, Marketing, Acquisitions

David Emery reported in late 2016 that allegations of a quid pro quo deal giving Russia ownership of 20% of U.S. uranium deposits in exchange for $145 million in donations to the Clinton Foundation are unsubstantiated and untrue.

In the months leading up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, stories abounded about the relationships between the Clinton Foundation and various foreign entities. May 2015 saw the publication of a book called Clinton Cash ... The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, an expose of alleged Clinto... More →
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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Related Environmental Issues / Environmental Impact - Cases, Nuclear Wastes

Steven Mufson reports that new administration budget proposal would boost Energy Department spending on managing the nation nuclear waste stockpile and reviving the controversial Yucca Mountain storage facility for nuclear power plant waste but would slash spending on a host of science and climate areas.

The budget would cut spending overall by $1.7 billion, or 5.6% from current levels, to $28 billion. But the money is redistributed. The National Nuclear Security Administration budget would grow 11.3% while the rest of the Energy Department programs would be cut by 17.9%.

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Index / Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) / Nuclear Power - Economics, Design, and Industry

The bill would reform the Nuclear Regulatory Commission budget and fee recovery programs to improve transparency and accountability, and require the NRC to establish performance metrics and periodically report to Congress. It would also develop a reliable regulatory framework for the licensing of advanced nuclear reactors, enhance the efficiency of uranium recovery licensing, and increase the transparency of the process by which the U.S. Department of Energy disposes of excess uranium.

EPW Committee Chairman Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) reintroduced NEIMA last week with cosponsors Sens... More →
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