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Clean and Reliable, But Not so Cheap: Is the Nuclear Renaissance About to Get a Reboot in the UK?

October 24, 2014 by Oliver Kerr
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Nuclear Energy in the UK

"Nothing that comes after will be able to detract from the importance of this first great step forward." Here Sir Edwin Plowden is referring not to the UK’s latest foray into nuclear power, but rather to the grand opening of Britain’s first atomic plant more than half a century previously, in October 1956.[read more]

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Britain's First Nuclear Power Plant In A Generation Isn't A Great Deal, But Neither Are The Alternatives

October 9, 2014 by Robert Wilson
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Britain and Nuclear Energy Options

 

The European Commission announced that Britain's first new nuclear power plant for over twenty years does not violate state aid laws, and it now appears certain that it will be built. Hinkley C has been described as the "most expensive power plant ever built" by the usual assortment of green voices.[read more]

Can Nuclear Energy Secure Financing? Nuclear Power and the Capital Challenge

August 26, 2014 by Milton Caplan
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Paying for Nuclear Plants

Quite often we hear about the problem of attracting financing to support new build nuclear projects. While it is easy to agree that financing nuclear projects is a big challenge, in my view difficulty securing financing is not the issue – rather it is a symptom of a number of other very important issues that are the root cause.[read more]

Opportunity to Use Science to Establish Radiation Standards

July 12, 2014 by Rod Adams
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) to solicit comments from the general public and affected stakeholders about 40 CFR 190, Environmental Radiation Protection Standards for Nuclear Power Operations.[read more]

HTR-PM: Nuclear-Heated Gas Producing Superheated Steam

June 28, 2014 by Rod Adams
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New Reactor Designs

The first HTR-PM (High Temperature Reactor – Pebble Module), one of the more intriguing nuclear plant designs, is currently under construction on the coast of the Shidao Bay near Weihai, China. This system uses evolutionary engineering design principles that give it a high probability of success.[read more]

Floating Nuclear Plants Could Ride Out Tsunamis

April 17, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Floating Nuclear Plants

When an earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant complex in 2011, neither the quake nor the inundation caused the ensuing contamination. Rather, it was the aftereffects, the lack of cooling for the reactor cores due to a shutdown of all power, that caused the harm.[read more]

A Small Bet with Big Stakes

February 19, 2014 by Lucas Davis
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Nuclear Energy Futures

Back in November 2011, I made a bet with economist Geoff Rothwell about the future of nuclear power. By making a bet we weren’t trying to trivialize the issue. To the contrary. We had different predictions, and we saw this as a way of standing behind our beliefs, albeit in a modest way.[read more]

Baucus Proposal A Promising Start, But Neglects Existing Nuclear

January 28, 2014 by Max Luke
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Baucus Proposal

Last month, Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus released a new proposal that would replace the forty-two existing energy tax incentives with two “technology neutral” tax credits, one for electricity fuels and the other for transportation fuels.[read more]

Nuclear: Brussels Launches State Aid Probe Into Cameron's Project [VIDEO]

December 19, 2013 by Kasper Peters
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State Aid Probe

Hughes Belin, leading energy journalist for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, looks into the merits of the European Commission’s decision to open a state aid probe into the new nuclear power project at Hinkley Point C in the United Kingdom.[read more]

What's All This About The World Bank Not Financing Any More Nukes?

December 4, 2013 by Tina Casey
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Nuclear and the World Bank

As the cleanup drama continues to unspool around the tsunami-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, the Internets have been cheering the news that the World Bank will not be financing any more such facilities in the future. That’s nice, really, except that it’s not exactly news.[read more]

Climate Scientists Propose Radical Solutions, Including Nuclear Energy

December 2, 2013 by Rod Adams
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Climate Scientists and Nuclear Solutions

The best chance for humans to avert the worst risks of both accessible fossil fuel depletion and global climate change is for people who generally agree on those risks to begin working together to improve our ability to use nuclear energy.[read more]

The UK Needs to Take a More Serious Look at Importing Renewable Electricity

November 18, 2013 by Adam Whitmore
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Imported solar electricity looks likely to be cheaper than nuclear in the UK by the early 2020s when new nuclear is due to come on line. Solar and other imported renewables deserve a closer look as one means to decarbonising the UK power sector.[read more]

Michael Brune of Sierra Club Calls Nuclear Energy Irrelevant, While Robert Stone Says it’s Vital

November 12, 2013 by Rod Adams
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Nuclear Energy Discussion

During the promotional period leading up to CNN’s initial airing of Pandora’s Promise, Michael Brune, executive direction of the Sierra Club, and Robert Stone, the director of Pandora’s Promise, engaged in a meaningful discussion about nuclear energy hosted by Kate Bolduan.[read more]

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Uncertain Future for Nuclear Energy in Japan as Last Nuclear Reactor is Switched Off

November 1, 2013 by Gerhard Fasol
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Nuclear Energy and Japan

Japan is not non-nuclear because of a clear Government decision to switch off nuclear power. There is no Japanese Government decision to go non-nuclear at this time. On the contrary, the current Japanese government is decidedly pro-nuclear.[read more]