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John Funk reports that FirstEnergy said recently that it is leaving the competitive power plant business, closing or selling all of its plants, including its nuclear plants, by the middle of next year (2018).

The sale of the nuclear plants to another company would have little immediate impact on customer bills. Closing the plants, which would probably take several years, would also have little impact on customer bills or power supplies.

Because Ohio has deregulated electric markets, the Illuminating Co., Ohio Edison and Toledo Edison buy the power they deliver through an... More →
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John Funk opines that the electric company that championed competitive electricity markets less than a decade ago is now banking on a federal shakeup of those same markets, as well as a handout from Ohio lawmakers (now that they see that wind, natural gas, and solar have unfair market advantages).

FirstEnergy top executive today said the outcome of a 60-day U.S. Department of Energy study into whether the emphasis on the lowest price in regional wholesale power markets (favoring cheap natural gas) is driving old coal and nuclear plants into retirement will be critical to whether the... More →
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John Funk, of The Plain Dealer, reports that the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant east of Toledo will get special customer subsidies under a new FirstEnergy rate plan approved this week by state regulators. FirstEnergy customers could save $256 million during the next eight years, state regulators believe, by paying increased monthly bills now.

That extra money, which could be as low as $3.50 or as high as $8 to $10 per month in the next couple of years, will subsidize the operations of two power plants that cannot match the low-priced power produced by natural gas-fired plants that ... More →
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The first batch of the newest nuclear fuel pellets, which are to be used in nuclear power plants of the future, have been produced at the Rosatom Mining and Chemical Facility in Zheleznogorsk, Krasnoyarsk Region of Russia. The first batch of MOX [mixed oxide] fuel tablets-10 kilograms, was produced by industrial equipment at the Mining and Chemical Facility of the Rosatom State Corporation in a specially created unit. This is the first time in history that the mining and chemical facility has produced this type of fuel for fast-neutron reactors. Nuclear power station units with fast-neutron re... More →
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Marc Montgomery reports that an Ontario company is proposing the idea of small floating nuclear stations to power mining sites and towns in the Arctic. At a mining symposium last week in the Arctic city of Iqaluit in Nunavut, Dunedin Energy Systems suggested the idea to meet growing energy needs in the north.

Currently Arctic towns, cities and various mine sites are powered by diesel generators. These produce substantial pollution and with fuel costs rising along with energy demand, alternatives are needed. The company personnel noted that the Russian firm OKBM is building a so-call... More →
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In general, commodities prices began to rally at the beginning of Q2 after hitting rock-bottom in Q1 (2016), raising the question of whether this represents a turnaround in the downward trend that began in Q3 2014 or just a temporary increase. Analysts agree that while commodities prices are unlikely to undershoot the lows registered at the beginning of 2016, the formation of bottoms could occur in the coming months. The Consensus view, however, is that the nascent recovery is here to stay, but its pace is expected to be slow and uneven across different commodities.

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Chevron Chief Executive Officer John Watson on Wednesday rejected calls by European peers to introduce a price for carbon emissions, saying the region should instead focus on shale gas and nuclear power. In a blunt speech to the OPEC seminar in Vienna, Watson elaborated on why he opted not to join the heads of European six top oil and gas companies including Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Total in a letter published earlier this week urging governments around the world to introduce a pricing system for carbon emissions.

He understands the concerns but he does not think putting a price on... More →
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Rob Nikolewski writes about wind and solar but opines on nuclear. The scientists and engineers at General Atomics think the future of nuclear energy is coming on the back of a flatbed truck. And the leadership at the San Diego-based company, which has been developing nuclear technologies for more than 60 years, has already spent millions in the expectation that its plans for the next generation of reactors will actually work(?).

We have technology that we think is going to qualitatively change the game, said Christina Back, vice president of nuclear technologies and materials at Gen... More →
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S. Fred Singer opines that many people believe that wind and solar energy are essential, when the world runs out of non-renewable fossil fuels. They also believe that wind and solar are unique in providing energy that is carbon-free, inexhaustible, and essentially without cost. However, a closer look shows that all three special features are based on illusions and wishful thinking. Nuclear may be the preferred energy source for the long-range future, but it is being downgraded politically by the President.

Discovery and exploitation of fossil fuels, coal, oil, and natural gas have m... More →
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Alan Neuhauser reports that Christine Todd Whitman could be called a realist. A former Republican governor of New Jersey and member of the George W. Bush administration, she joined 3 other former GOP-appointed Environmental Protection Agency administrators on Capitol Hill last June to urge Senate lawmakers to acknowledge the existence of climate change. Now, as co-chair of the nuclear advocacy group CASEnergy, she not only calls on utilities to invest in nuclear energy, she also recognizes the nuclear limits. Nuclear energy, she says, will likely never produce more than one-fifth (of the natio... More →
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Nuclear Matters sponsored a policy discussion today highlighting broad support for nuclear energy in the U.S. electricity landscape, as demonstrated by the bipartisan mix of labor, business, environmental and policy voices who participated. Members of Nuclear Matters Leadership Council, including former U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham, former Environmental Protection Agency - EPA - Administrator Carol M. Browner, and president of North America Building Trades Unions, Sean McGarvey, highlighted the many benefits that existing nuclear plants provide across the U.S. at the roundtable, ho... More →
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Dave Flessner reports that more than four decades after its start, the Tennessee Valley Authority expects to complete a second reactor at its Watts Bar Nuclear Plant by the end of the year. TVA President Bill Johnson said that work on the Unit 2 reactor remains on budget and on schedule to be the first new U.S. reactor to come on line in the 21st century.

TVA expects to begin commercial power generation at the new unit at Watts Bar by December, Johnson said. TVA plans to conduct hot functional testing in March and expects regulators to begin their operational readiness assessment of... More →
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WNN reports that in June last year (2016), the French regulator (ASN) said it had identified 18 French nuclear power reactors operated by EDF, of both 900 MWe and 1,450 MWe capacity, whose steam generators could contain high carbon concentrations. Of these, 12 are equipped with channel heads manufactured by JCFC liable to contain a particularly high carbon concentration. A high-carbon content in steel can lead to mechanical properties lower than expected.

The nine that can now be restarted are Bugey 4, Dampierre 3, Fessenheim 1, Gravelines 2 and 4, Saint-Laurent B1, and Tricastin 1,... More →
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William Freebairn report that the French economy and trade minister Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday his country will continue to invest in nuclear energy, including providing support for utility EDF plan to build a nuclear plant in the UK, despite delays on existing projects and a reorganization of the French state-controlled industry.

Macron, speaking at the World Nuclear Exhibition in Paris, acknowledged that the French effort in the 1990s to combine its reactor design businesses and fuel cycle businesses into a single state-controlled company, Areva, was ultimately a failure. The co... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that the French environment and energy minister, Nicolas Hulot, announced that the country would keep the previous President to promise to reduce the amount of nuclear energy from 75% to 50% of the French electricity generation, and replace it with wind and solar energy as part of a plan to fight global warming. But earlier in May, candidate Macron said he would delay this nuclear phaseout.

The plan to phase out nuclear plants actually predates Macron, stemming from a political pact made by former French President, FranÃÂÂ&... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that companies like Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter sell digital ads but contribute little in terms of employment, job multipliers or tax receipts. Their revenues are small, ten times less than their value. On the other hand, Exelon produces enormous amounts of cheap, clean energy, in this case from nuclear power. Exelon brings in more revenue than it is valued, and supports tens of thousands of jobs.

The media firms are hailed as leaders of the new economy, despite their insignificant contributions to employment or products. They manage their message carefully to r... More →
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Geoff Brumfiel reported that after the Fukushima Tsunami and damage to the nuclear power plant, Japan kept people safe from the physical effects of radiation, but not from the psychological impacts. In the immediate aftermath of the nuclear accident, public-health experts worried about the possible risk from radiation. Subsequent analyses have shown that the prompt evacuation of areas around the reactors probably limited the public exposure to a relatively safe level. But uncertainty, isolation and fears about the invisible threat of radioactivity are jeopardizing the mental health of the 210... More →
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Funding for licensing of the Yucca Mountain repository and for construction of the MOX plant are included in the fiscal 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act. The bill has been approved by the US House of Representatives but awaits final approval by the Senate. The legislation provides annual funding for national defense nuclear weapons activities, the Army Corps of Engineers, various programs under the Department of Energy (DoE) and other related agencies. The House of Representatives approved the bill for FY2015 (beginning 1 October 2014) in a 253-170 vote on 10 July. The bill... More →
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Edward Moses, the principal associate director for the NIF and Photon Science Directorate, wants to harness that energy for practical uses. He says Livermore could join with private companies to build an electricity-producing fusion power plant eight to 12 years after the NIF achieves ignition. Detractors say cost estimates are meaningless because they involve technologies not yet invented. Moses is destroying his credibility,says Burton Richter, a retired Stanford University physics professor. Moses counters that people warned him about the impossibilities of just getting the NIF off the grou... More →
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As of March 30, 2015, Rebecca Riffkin, of the Gallup Poll group, reports that a slim majority of Americans (51%) now favor the use of nuclear energy for electricity in the U.S., while 43% oppose it. This level of support is similar to what Gallup found when it last measured these attitudes two years ago, but it is down from the peak of 62% five years ago. Current support is on the low end of what Gallup has found in the past 20 years, with the 46% reading in 2001 the only time that it sank lower.

The high point in support for the use of nuclear power, in 2010, was recorded shortly a... More →
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Rebecca Riffkin, from Gallup, reports that because energy prices (gasoline, natural gas, etc.) have dropped to 15-year lows, for the first time since Gallup polled on the matter in 1994, a majority of Americans say they oppose nuclear energy. The 54% opposing it is up significantly from 43% a year ago, while the 44% who favor using nuclear energy is down from 51%.

This suggests that energy prices and the perceived abundance of energy sources are the most relevant factors in attitudes toward nuclear power, rather than safety concerns prompted by nuclear incidents. Lower gasoline pric... More →
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Whether we like it or not, the selection of energy sources to power the American electrical grid is bogged down in politics, and has been political for a long time. The power groups backing coal, oil and gas, and nuclear all have strong political action programs to impact American opinion to such an extent that the actual technical and environmental merits or de-merits have become foggy with their involvement.

The Gallup poll monitors opinions on a wide variety of topics. Whether or not the Gallup polls are valid is difficult to confirm but they seem to be the most appropriate of t... More →
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The mission of the Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) is to advance nuclear power as a resource capable of meeting the national energy, environmental and national security needs by resolving technical, cost, safety, proliferation resistance, and security barriers through research, development and demonstration.

Accomplishing this mission will realize the enormous potential of nuclear energy and maintain the U.S. historic leadership in the field. While many innovative ideas exist, the research, development and demonstration needed to bring these concepts to a com... More →
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Reuters reports that General Electric Co will not invest in nuclear energy in India until accident liability laws are brought in line with global rules, Chairman Jeff Immelt said on Monday, in a setback for top-level efforts to get U.S. firms to build power stations.

Speaking shortly after a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Immelt said India needed to homogenize its liability law with the rest of the world.

With the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy still fresh in the India mind, parliament five years ago passed a law that makes equipment suppliers responsible for an acci... More →
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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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