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CLINT WOLFE reports that it is entirely appropriate of the Environmental Protection Agency - EPA - to propose carbon mitigation goals with respect to generation of electricity in the U.S. However, it is both perverse and irrational of the EPA to impose a carbon mitigation rule that downplays the value of nuclear power to the U.S.

The current U.S. fleet of 100 nuclear plants accounts for nearly two-thirds of the carbon-free energy production in the U.S. So you might think that an agency so concerned about climate change would applaud the use of zero-carbon nuclear power. Or at the ve... More →
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EPRI produces reports on the use of nuclear power for generating electricity, amog others on coal and natural gas. This page contains a number of such reports for review and download by the reader.
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Dr. Conca reports that the Energy Returned on Investment, or EROI, demonstrates the advantages, as well as the investment needed, to exploit energy sources. It is the ratio of energy returned to energy invested in that energy source, along its entire life-cycle. When the number is large, energy from that source is easy to get and cheap. However, when the number is small, the energy from that source is difficult to get and expensive. The break-even number for fueling modern society is about 7. EROI was evaluated for power plants fueled by wind, photovoltaic solar, solar thermal, hydroelectric, ... More →
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The price of uranium has been ticking higher, making nuclear-focused ETFs attractive. At the time, Richard Kang for Seeking Alpha wrote an article about the price increases last year, ways to get diversified exposure to uranium was through stocks for companies such as Uranium Participation Corp (U) and Cameco (CCJ). Fast-forward one year, and investors have now got three ways to access the market for nuclear energy: the Market Vectors Nuclear Energy (NLR), Barclays iShares Global Nuclear Energy (NUCL) and PowerShares Global Nuclear Energy (PKN).

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According to a report by the German broadcasting service ARD, nuclear power plants are included on the preliminary project list of the investment program for the European economy, which has been proposed by the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker. The list of projects proposed for funding includes nuclear power plants. As the news program - Tagesschau - reported, nine countries are applying for a total of Euros 100 billion investment subsidies for nuclear power plants. The projects include refurbishments as well as new installations. Romania for example wants to modernize ... More →
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The European Atomic Forum (FORATOM) is the Brussels-based trade association for the nuclear energy industry in Europe. Its main purpose is to promote the use of nuclear energy in Europe by representing the interests of this important and multi-faceted industrial sector. Foratom acts as the voice of the industry in energy policy discussions involving the EU institutions and provide a “bridge” between the industry and the institutions (Members of the European Parliament and key policy-makers in the European Commission). The membership of Foratom is made up of 16 national nuclear asso... More →
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James Kanter and Stanley Reed report that the European Union authorities vowed on Wednesday to accelerate efforts to knit together their diverse energy systems amid deepening tensions with Russia, a major supplier of the regional natural gas.

The European Commission said its proposal for an energy union represented an important step toward unifying member economies and could help wean some countries from dependence on Russia, which supplies about a quarter of the area natural gas.

About half of those Russian gas supplies are piped through Ukraine, where Russia is involved... More →
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Suzanne Waldman opines that in the press recently covering the IPCC latest report of AR5, they have claimed that climate change is set to inflict severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts on people and the natural world unless carbon emissions are cut sharply and rapidly. Yet as many of us know well, this sharp and rapid cutting has not yet begun yet, instead every year the globe is adding 2 per cent more CO2 emissions to the atmosphere than the previous year. She claims the trend is going backwards.

The question she is addressing - as so many others are these days - is why... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that Exelon announced that it will buy the James A Fitzpatrick nuclear power plant in upstate New York from Entergy. The two companies reached an agreement worth $110 million following the NY adoption of a Clean Energy Standard that supports nuclear energy as well as renewable energy.

When approved by state and federal regulatory agencies, Entergy will transfer Fitzpatrick operating license in mid-2017 to Exelon, which operates two other New York nuclear plants, Nine Mile Point and Ginna, along with 21 other reactors from Illinois to New Jersey. This transfer will ... More →
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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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Hidden from public, on the shores of the Bay of Bengal at Kalpakkam near Chennai, Indian nuclear scientists are in the final throes of starting a high-tech giant stove more than 15 years in the making. This novel nuclear reactor is a kind of an akshaya patra, the mythical goblet with a never-ending supply of food.

The Indian Department of Atomic Energy is getting ready to commission its ultra-modern indigenously designed and locally mastered fast-breeder reactor. Experts say to make nuclear energy sustainable, one way is to make fast-breeder reactors mainstream.

Yukiya A... 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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