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Areva Struggles to Dig Out of Debt

March 25, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Areva and Debt Problems

Phillippe Knoche stated that while Areva is committed to building two EPRs at Hinkley Point, they may be the last of their kind, and that they're abandoning the firm’s strategy of leading “high profile, new build projects” and instead will concentrate on the supply chain including major components of nuclear reactors.[read more]

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Nuclear in Australia: Through a New Prism

March 19, 2015 by Oscar Archer
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Nuclear Development in Australia

On March 12th, Federal Senator for South Australia Sean Edwards announced that his submission to South Australia's Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission – instituted last month by the state Labor government – would revolve around the establishment of a new nuclear fuel recycling industry.[read more]

Areva in Deep Financial Trouble

March 10, 2015 by Dan Yurman
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State-owned nuclear energy giant Areva has ten tons of financial debt on a five ton truck. This week Areva’s senior leadership went public with the numbers and what they say is a path toward new earnings. Phillip Knoche, the new CEO of Areva, said, “We have to cut our costs and master difficult projects.”[read more]

Nuclear Industry Must Remember that All Politics are Local

March 10, 2015 by Rod Adams
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Nuclear Industry and Local Politics

It is a mistake for the nuclear energy industry to spend all of its available marketing resources on ads and lobbying aimed at the Washington, DC metro area and on former politicians who have a diminishing level of influence and name recognition.[read more]

Be Careful About Rose-Colored Glasses When Viewing the Future of SMRs

March 3, 2015 by Dan Yurman
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Following another year of turbulence a casual observer of the nuclear industry may be forgiven for concluding that Small Modular Reactor (SMR) development has stalled, but a new report a new sense of clarity and purpose is emerging around the technology’s commercialization.[read more]

Nuclear Communication

March 2, 2015 by Suzanne Waldman
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Whenever I tell people that I research nuclear communication, they almost invariably say the same thing: "Now there is an industry that could very much learn to communicate better.” It’s a realization coming home to the nuclear industry itself.[read more]

How Can Nuclear Energy Build Trust in a Time When Denying Science is Rampant?

February 24, 2015 by Milton Caplan
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Science and the Nuclear Industry

Building trust in science is a task that goes well beyond the nuclear industry. Yes, scientists have much work to do to build that trust with the public and government, but governments must then ensure that they use science as a basis for policy.[read more]

Last Tango for Nuclear?

February 5, 2015 by Peter Dykstra
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Future Hopes for Nuclear

Everybody loves a comeback story. And if you like the United States nuclear power industry, it’s a Michael Jordan-type gallant return. But if you don’t like nukes, it’s something more akin to a Gloria Swanson gruesome comeback in Sunset Boulevard.[read more]

As 2014 Has Come to a Close, Nuclear Energy is at a Crossroads - Again!

January 1, 2015 by Milton Caplan
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Nuclear Crossroads

Looking back at 2014, the nuclear industry has had its ups and downs. There were setbacks as France formalized its intention to reduce its reliance on nuclear going forward, Sweden pulled back after its most recent election, and in Finland the Olkiluoto 3 project was delayed once again.[read more]

60 Minutes on Coal Ash: Muted Outrage, Lots of Smiles and Nods

December 12, 2014 by Rod Adams
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Environmental Damage and Media Coverage

I’m not opposed to the political process and I recognize the important advantages to the adversarial system that is the foundation for our system of government. The nuclear industry needs to learn how to play the role that an industry is supposed to play in keeping regulatory reach and media coverage under control.[read more]

More Non-Nuclear Prescriptions from Shell

August 22, 2014 by Rod Adams
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Shell and Nuclear Energy

Shell, one of the world’s largest natural gas and oil companies, is spending large sums of money creating and distributing beautifully produced ads aimed at convincing us all that natural gas can provide increasing supplies of clean electricity, clean heat, and clean transportation fuel.[read more]

Shell's Future Scenarios Ignore Nuclear Energy [VIDEO]

August 8, 2014 by Rod Adams

Shell, Nuclear Energy, and the Future

One of the reasons I am so certain that hydrocarbon producers dislike the idea of competing with nuclear energy is the fact that their ads, stockholder communications, and predictions of future energy supply scenarios virtually ignore nuclear energy.[read more]

Nuclear Energy: the Debate Australia Has to Have [VIDEO]

August 8, 2014 by Barry Brook

Australia and Nuclear

On July 28, I was an invited participant in a public discussion and Q&A session on the future of nuclear energy for electricity generation in Australia. It was organised and hosted by the Inspiring Australia initiative, and ran at the National Library of Australia in Canberra.[read more]

Hollande's Proposed "Cap" on Nuclear Electricity Capacity

June 26, 2014 by Rod Adams
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France’s President Francois Hollande and his Socialist Party ran on a platform that included scaling back France’s dependence on nuclear energy. It was not a very popular part of his campaign pitch. Hollande is trying to follow through on his promise, but there are well-connected people who oppose the idea.[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]