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Scott Firsing reports that many African countries are in the grip of a nuclear fad. They believe nuclear energy will bring with it an international currency of prestige. Countries with nuclear energy programs are seen as rich and technologically advanced and as a result possess advanced status compared to other developing countries.

Nuclear is not new to Africa. It has been active since the 1950s when the Democratic Republic of Congo built Africas first nuclear reactor. But now, more African countries are planning to develop atomic power for energy security.

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Donn reports that there was a time, not too long ago, that the U.S. nuclear industry was probably the most important, and viable, in the world. Today, the remaining nuclear adversaries still beat the warning drums, but why?

In the mid 1960s, GE bet the company by making huge investments in three strategic businesses - mainframe computers, jet engines, and nuclear power. GE believed that nuclear power would be a large growth business. In 1979, the partial meltdown at Three Mile Island was followed, in 1986, by the Chernobyl disaster. These two accidents, though Chernobyl could hardly... More →
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With many commodity prices at record highs today, and which are expected to stay high for decades, off-world exploration and mining are beginning to look attractive for development within the next 20 to 30 years. At present, mining company executives are essentially locked into meeting current needs but NASA and NASA's national laboratories and associated industrial contractors such as Boeing, Lockheed, and others, are beginning to take note that China, India, and other nations are expanding their economies at a rate higher than anticipated and are beginning to consider off-world resources to ... More →
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NEI reports that the Diablo Canyon Power Plant has on site a desalination facility that it uses to generate fresh water from seawater. And lots of it - the Diablo desalinization facility is capable of producing 1.5 million gallons of treated water a day. So in addition to producing 2,300 megawatts of carbon-free power, nearly 10 percent of all electricity generated in California, and enough energy to meet the needs of more than three million Northern and Central Californians, Diablo Canyon is poised to be a source to aid California with its historic drought.

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Christine Todd Whitman says that with oil prices low, it would be easy to perceive that we as a nation have our energy issues under control. But despite the current benefits derived from oil prices that have not been this low in six years, we still need an overarching energy policy for the U.S. In 1977, President Carter outlined a national energy plan based on 10 principles, the first of which was that we can have an effective and comprehensive energy policy only if the government takes responsibility for it and if the people understand the seriousness of the challenge. Those words are just as... More →
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Susan Tierney opines that she never thought she would be writing this sentence - It would be penny unwise and pound foolish to allow safely operating nuclear power plants to retire too soon. This statement constitutes a big turnaround for her. She started her professional career at a time when scores of new nuclear power plants were under development. That was eons ago, when there were promises of power too cheap to meter and realities of huge cost overruns and local protests. As a graduate student, she studied these controversies. As a state utility regulator in the 1980s, she grilled nuclear... More →
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Isaac Orr reports that Bill McKibben, a climate activist and founder of 350.org, recently argued that Earth is rapidly warming and immediate action must be taken to reduce human-caused greenhouse-gas emissions. To do so, McKibben advocates a massive build-out of wind and solar power, but he never mentions one of the most obvious and efficient energy sources available ... nuclear.

The omission is no mistake. McKibben and his environmental pals have made a concerted effort to reject nuclear energy, even though it is the only way to immediately reduce carbon-dioxide emissions, to creat... More →
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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.

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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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Robert Zullo reports that The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it will issue a license soon for a proposed third nuclear reactor at the Dominion Energy North Anna plant near Mineral in Louisa County, Virginia. However, given the cost of the project, which has been opposed by a few consumer and environmental groups and has yet to be approved by the State Corporation Commission, it remains unclear whether the utility will actually build the reactor.

Basically, having a combined operating license allows us the ability to build and operate a new unit at such time as makes bus... 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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