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Peter Kelly-Detwiler reports that observers watching the U.S. nuclear industry can tell you that the industry has struggled through a rough patch. The existing and aging nuclear fleet is also facing significant pressure, resulting largely from the economics of restructured competitive power markets, and the fact that they do not value low- or zero-carbon electricity sources. The emergence of relatively cheap shale gas-fired power plants has shown to be tough competition. As a consequence, the economic viability of some of the existing nuclear facilities has been claimed to be an issue. But eco... More →
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Jiji Press reports that a team of geoscientists reported to the Nuclear Regulation Authority on Wednesday that the fault under the No. 1 reactor at the Shika nuclear power plant in Ishikawa Prefecture is active.

The new nuclear plant safety standards in Japan prohibit the construction of important facilities, such as reactors, on sites directly above active faults. Hokuriku Electric Power Co., which owns the plant could face difficulties reactivating the No. 1 reactor may be forced to decommission it.

The new safety standards were compiled based on the lessons learned fro... More →
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Jim Puzzanghera reports that kill the Export-Import Bank, all that House Republican leaders opposing it have to do is let the bank charter expire Tuesday and they are leaving Friday for the Fourth of July recess without even holding a vote to reauthorize it. The 81-year-old federal agency that helps companies sell their products abroad has been a prime target of conservatives, who want to reduce the size of government and eliminate what they call crony capitalism.

Shutting down the bank, though, also would eliminate tens of thousands of jobs, say business executives, trade groups an... More →
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Based on the Atomic Energy Act, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issues licenses for commercial power reactors to operate for up to 40 years and allows these licenses to be renewed for up to another 20 years. Economic and antitrust considerations, not limitations of nuclear technology, determined the original 40-year term for reactor licenses. However, because of this selected time period, some systems, structures, and components may have been engineered on the basis of an expected 40-year service life.

The decision to seek license renewal rests entirely with nuclear power pl... More →
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Many countries in Africa and the Middle East have said they want to develop civilian nuclear programmes to meet rising power demand. Nuclear is seen by many as a long-term solution to high fuel costs and an effective way to cut carbon emissions from the electricity generation sector. A fall in fossil fuel prices since summer 2008 has made nuclear power less attractive than it was when oil CLc1 was above $147 a barrel in July 2008. South Africa is the only country in the region with an operational nuclear power plant.
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Diarmaid Williams reports that those who talk down the benefits of nuclear power are showing a poor understanding (and are ignorant) of current energy realities, according to the World Nuclear Association.

WNA has responded to the content of a recent article by Noah Smith on Bloomberg News, where the commentator contended that nuclear would not be viable in the electric power mix due to the expensive nature of nuclear power projects. The association also queried the data the author used to base his analysis. The association also queried the data the author used to base his analysis... More →
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Dr. Conca reports President Obama and President Xi Jinping were upbeat in announcing another significant step in their joint climate efforts, signaling that both countries will sign the Paris Agreement and take the domestic steps needed to join the Agreement as early as possible this year.

However, the failure to restrain North Korea, and the Chinese military build-up in the South China Sea, caused some anxiety at the summit. Even though President Xi has declared that China would not pursue militarization of these strategic waterways, it appears that they are doing just that. The ne... More →
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Venting of the No. 2 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant may have failed due to a part inside the pipes failing to operate, it was learned from the results of an investigation by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) on May 19, 2015.

During the March 2011 disaster at the Fukushima plant, the No. 2 reactor no longer had power for its cooling system and pressure inside it rose to abnormally high levels. Plant operator TEPCO attempted to vent the reactor to lower the pressure, but the venting did not go smoothly. The company has been investigating what went wrong with the ven... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that this week, John Norris, a Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, gave a speech on Preserving the U.S. Nuclear Fleet (FERC), in which he asked the industry to discuss the viability of the U.S. nuclear power fleet and how to ensure its contribution to our long-term energy needs.

Commissioner Norris, an Obama appointee, re-iterated the value of nuclear energy as the best form of energy for maintaining a carbon-free base load of electrical generation. As many of us think, he wants to continue the experiments on wind, solar and all forms of renew... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that as we head into the hottest part of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, in what could be the hottest year on record, we barely give a thought to what using air conditioning does to our electricity grid. And what it will do to a hotter world in the future.

According to a recent Department of Energy report, the world is gearing up to install 1.6 billion new air conditioners by 2050. While air conditioning is a common luxury in the United States, in most other countries it is not that common. As these countries become wealthier and grow in population, they will in... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that we might actually make a move that brings us closer to the disposal of nuclear waste than ever before. Give each of the two main types of nuclear waste, weapons and power their own deep geologic repository. Last week, President Obama authorized the DOE to move forward with a plan for a separate repository for high-level radioactive waste that was created from making atomic and nuclear weapons.

Immediately, Energy Secretary Ernie Moniz announced what we need a separate deep geologic nuclear waste repository for our defense-generated high-level nuclear waste (HL... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that we might actually make a move that brings us closer to the disposal of nuclear waste than ever before. Give each of the two main types of nuclear waste weapons and power their own deep geologic repository. Last week, President Obama authorized the Energy Department to move forward with a plan for a separate repository for high-level radioactive waste that was created from making atomic and nuclear weapons.

Immediately, Energy Secretary Ernie Moniz announced what we have been wanting for decades a separate deep geologic nuclear waste repository for our defense-... More →
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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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Dr. Conca reports that a nuclear reactor at the Watts Bar Nuclear Generating Station in Tennessee is on track to be the first new commercial nuclear power plant in the United States to be completed in this century of five commercial nuclear reactors currently under construction. Over its life-span, this one reactor will produce more electricity than six new combined cycle natural gas plants, or five new coal plants, or thirty of the largest solar arrays in the world, or 10,000 of the big MW wind turbines. The reactor is expected to produce over 700 billion kWhs of extremely low-carbon electri... More →
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The first of the 4 steam generators intended for the first power-generating unit of the Belarusian nuclear power plant has been delivered to the construction site. The steam generator weighs over 400 tonnes. The device is about 16 meters long. The cargo was delivered to the construction site by railroad using a special transporter. The steam generator is part of the core process equipment of the nuclear power plant. It is a heat exchange device designed to produce steam that will be fed to a turbine that will generate electricity.

The steam generators for the Belarusian nuclear pow... More →
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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, 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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