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At the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour today, PBS announced two new thought-provoking documentaries - THE BOMB, a history of nuclear weapons and how they shaped our world, and URANIUM - TWISTING THE DRAGON TAIL, is an in-depth look at the chemical element used in nuclear weaponry, hosted by physicist and Youtube star Dr. Derek Muller. The documentaries are timed to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the first explosion of an atomic bomb, and the bombing of Hiroshima, essentially the dawn of the nuclear age. Both programs premiere in July, 2015.

Using state-of-the... More →
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The U.S. Department of Energy - DOE - has announced nearly 67 million dollars in nuclear energy research and infrastructure enhancement awards. 83 projects were selected from across the country based on their potential to create scientific breakthroughs that both help strengthen the energy security and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. The support for cutting-edge nuclear science and engineering across our universities, national laboratories, and industry reflects the key role of nuclear energy in helping ensure a low-carbon future, said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. These awards not o... More →
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NEI reports that industry experts, legislators, administration officials and other stakeholders this week gathered to identify policy solutions that are increasingly needed at the state and federal levels to keep existing nuclear reactors operating in the U.S. Speaking at a summit held by the U.S. DoE in Washington, D.C., Nuclear Energy Institute President, Marvin Fertel, sounded a somber warning about recent premature closures of otherwise high-performing nuclear power plants and the threat of further early shutdowns because of continued market distortions that do not adequately value nuclear... More →
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Nuclear power: the energy crisis has even die-hard environmentalists reconsidering it. In this first-ever TED debate, Stewart Brand and Mark Z. Jacobson square off over the pros and cons. A discussion that'll make you think - and might even change your mind.
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As the world nuclear energy consumption increases and future supply of uranium remains uncertain, thorium continues to one day be a possible alternative to uranium to provide safe and abundant nuclear power at a reasonable cost, not to say that uranium is already safe and economic but maybe by some degree.

Thorium has been reported on for years to offer an addition or alternative to uranium. This article goes one step further beyond what is already known. Thorium, a slightly radioactive metal that occurs in rocks and soils. It is more abundant in nature than uranium and is fertile r... More →
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The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) today announced the completion of the construction of the concrete dome for the Unit One Reactor Containment Building (RCB) in Barakah, Abu Dhabi, UAE. The on-time completion of the dome marks another milestone in the construction of the UAE first nuclear energy plant, according to news reports on Trade Arabia.

The dome is the final structural component of the vast RCB, which now measures more than 70 meters in height. The RCB houses the nuclear reactor and is a critical structure in the nuclear plant defense-in-depth barriers. RCBs are... More →
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From the Editorial page of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Sama Lean opines that nuclear power is by far the largest source of emission-free energy and the only one that can produce large amounts of electricity around the clock. For decades, it has been the prime driver of clean energy in the U.S. She says that the U.S. needs to seize the opportunity to expand its use.

About 100 nuclear plants supply nearly 20% of the U.S. electric power safely and reliably and has done so for more than 40 years, but the bulk of the U.S. power is produced at fossil-fueled plants that pollute the air an... More →
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Global energy consumption will double by mid-century, regardless of what the United States does. It is not from the 1 billion people already using vast amounts of electricity, or the 1 billion using modest amounts of electricity. It results from the 1.6 billion people that do not have any access to electricity whatsoever, the 2.4 billion that have almost no access to electricity and still burn wood and manure as their main source of energy, and the 3 billion new people that will be born by mid-century who will need electricity.

Since humans need about 3,000 kWhr per person per year ... More →
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Duke Energy recently announced that its 11 Carolina nuclear plants produced nearly 90 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2016. Their success this past year was based on enhancements in outage planning and execution, along with our ongoing commitment and focus on continuous improvement, re Bill Pitesa, Duke Energy chief nuclear officer.

The lower costs of nuclear fuel, coupled with shorter refueling outages, continue to be a major factor in keeping our customers costs down. The plants produced two kilowatt-hours more than they did in 2015. The 11 plants also attained a collect... More →
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As an example of energy company diversification in the U.S., Duke Energy owns and operates regulated and non-regulated power plants in North America. The company has a diverse mix of generation resources, including nuclear, coal-fired, oil- and natural gas-fired, and hydroelectric power plants.

Coal-Fired Power Plants ... Total: 21,000 MWe ....Ave. 1,400 MWe per plant.
Duke Energy operates 15 steam-generating, coal-fired power plants.
Most of the electricity generated in the U.S. currently comes from coal-burning power plants.

Nuclear Power Plants ... Total: 11... More →
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Julie Harrington, Ph.D., reports in a NEI funded study that the FPL nuclear operations play an important role in the health of Florida economy. The economic benefits these operations generate directly through wages and the purchase of goods and other services are considerable. These benefits are felt strongly by municipalities and businesses locally, throughout the region and the state.

This report details that in 2013 alone, FPL nuclear operations generated a total of 1.2 billion dollars of economic output in the counties around the Turkey Point and St. Lucie power plants, 1.4 bil... More →
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WNN reports that James Fisher Nuclear in collaboration with EDF Energy, Serco (now Amec), Bloodworth Consulting and the University of Manchester, developed eddy-current inspection tools designed to assess the condition of graphite within vacated fuel channels in AGRs, and can be used to measure the electrical conductivity and the inferred graphite density.

AGRs feature a graphite moderator and are cooled using carbon dioxide. The graphite blocks cannot be replaced or repaired during the operating period of the reactors. However, radiation exposure changes the shape and size of the c... More →
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Augusta Chronicle Editorial Staff opine that this editorial would not feel the need to defend nuclear power so vociferously if there were not so many special-interest groups working to bring about its demise, such as the natural gas, coal, and renewable energy lobbyists.

The Nuclear pros far outweigh its cons. Once you dispassionately weigh all the facts, many people arrive at the same conclusion. Then you should be as unmoved as we are by the anti-nuclear crowd assertion that cost overruns and construction delays at Plant Vogtle, coupled with plummeting natural gas prices, spell gl... More →
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James Moss opines that when Gov. Jay Inslee (WA) asked me in 2013 if I would sit on the Energy Northwest (EN) executive board as one of his three appointments to that board, I did not have to think twice. Not only did the mission of EN to provide reliable, cost-effective, environmentally responsible power strike me as being the right fit for the region, but the EN largest project, the Columbia Generating Station nuclear-energy facility, employs nearly 1,000 professionals, including hundreds of craft workers.

The recent action by the Seattle City Council to denigrate, even deny, the ... More →
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Spencer Abraham opines that all of us from Michigan are used to frigid winters and scorching summers. These temperature extremes underscore the need to keep the lights, air conditioning, and heat on and running reliably. Every time you flip a switch, turn a dial, or plug into an outlet, electricity is there when you need it, something many people seem to take for granted. What we should not take for granted, however, is the vital role that our nuclear power plants play in making the electricity we use each and every day, and more broadly, the role that the generation of nuclear power plays in ... More →
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The Richmond Times-Express editors opine that to the obvious disappointment of anti-nuclear forces, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has given Dominion North Anna plant a clean bill of health. The commission undertook the physical after Beyond Nuclear raised concerns in the wake of an earthquake that was felt up and down the East Coast. North Anna was near the center of the event but suffered hardly a scratch.

After a thorough review, the NRC has concluded none of the concerns the group raised is valid. A Beyond Nuclear factotum chastised the agency for ignoring claimed growing con... More →
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William Levis opines that the U.S. nuclear plants are at risk. In 2013, the U.S. had 104 operating nuclear plants. Since then, a dozen have closed or announced plans to shut down. These productive nuclear plants are not closing because they are too old or unsafe, but rather for economic reasons. If we do not act, and nuclear plants continue to close, the consequences will be significant for the economy, for customers, and for the environment.

Fortunately, we in New Jersey have a chance to respond before it is too late for our nuclear fleet, which provides almost half of the state en... More →
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The Sun-Times Editorial Board opines that these days, Congress can not even get the easy stuff right. The Export-Import Bank should be one of the easy decisions. Congress should re-open it for business without delay.

By providing financing for transactions that commercial lenders will not or can not touch, the bank helps U.S. businesses export their products, which means more American jobs. It does not cost taxpayers anything - in fact it earned a $675 million profit last year and more than $7 billion over the past two decades. Here in Illinois, it has helped 322 businesses export $... More →
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Robert Bryce opines that if you are concerned about climate change, then you should take note of this. Over the last 8 months, utilities from NY to Nebraska have announced plans to shutter six nuclear reactors by 2019. These closures will come on the heels of earlier ones, 5 reactors have been shuttered in the last 3 years alone. The latest closure announcement came earlier this month when Exelon Corp., the largest nuclear-energy producer, said it would close 3 reactors at two sites in Illinois by 2018.

The 6 targeted reactors have been safely producing about 40 terawatt-hours of ze... More →
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Mark Reddemann of the Spokesman-Review opines that the Washington legislative Joint Select Task Force on Nuclear Energy begins its second year of meetings next month. The state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council is working on a study to determine potential locations for a small modular nuclear reactor. Results are due later this year.

NuScale Power, a Portland-based SMR developer, will submit its design for NRC approval next year. It is clear the Northwest is leading in this next generation of clean-energy technology, and with broad support. For example, earlier this year, Bisc... More →
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Ted Nordhaus reports that an anti-establishment candidate for his party presidential nomination proposes to scrap the Clean Power Plan, phase out the nation largest source of zero-carbon power, and implement policies that will offer the dying coal industry a second life. Donald Trump, you say? Hardly. The candidate in question is Bernie Sanders, and he promises to do so with the support of some of the most prominent environmentalists in the country.

Sanders has fashioned himself a climate crusader. He has been officially endorsed by Friends of the Earth and is supported by 350.org.... More →
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Egypt plans to organize a tender for its first nuclear plant by the end of 2014, a major Egyptian newspaper reported. According to a report by Al Ahram newspaper published on Saturday, it is still undetermined whether the tender will be an open or closed one.
It is expected that the capacity of the nuclear plant will be from 1,000 to 1,200 megawatts. Egyptian authorities have already chosen its future location, the city of Dabaa west of Alexandria on Mediterranean coast. International Atomic Energy Agency experts earlier confirmed that Dabaa complies with all the international requirement... More →
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Bate Felix reports that according to EIA, nuclear power capacity grew fast last year, mainly in China, but challenges such as ageing plants and low electricity prices could limit the industry growth, the head of the International Energy Agency. Global addition to capacity in 2015 hit 10.2 gigawatts, the highest growth in 25 years, the IEA told a nuclear conference in Paris. EIA said that there has never been such an increase in nuclear capacity addition, which is mainly driven by China, and also by South Korea and Russia, while also noting growth in India. This growth demonstrates that with th... More →
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Global nuclear electricity generation is expected to almost double by 2040, according to the latest projection by the U.S. DoE EIA. Most of this growth will be in the developing world, it said.

Although consumption of non-fossil fuels is expected to grow faster than consumption of fossil fuels, fossil fuels will still account for 78% of primary energy in use in 2040. Coal will be the slowest growing energy source, rising by 0.6% annually from 153 quadrillion Btu in 2012 to 180 quadrillion Btu in 2040. China, the U.S. and India will remaining the top three coal-consuming countries,... More →
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Dr. Conca opines that Party Platforms are generally tools to appease the faithful, and the Democratic and Republican Party 2016 Platforms do just that. However, in different ways, both of these platforms would do irreparable harm to our National environmental health and energy infrastructure. Unfortunately, this has become a normal state of affairs in the new ideology-over-science era that America has entered over the past few years.

Kiona Davis and Tammy Adereti compared the Democratic and Republican platforms with respect to energy issues, and they found the parties even further a... More →
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