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Nuclear Power

Understanding Obama's Budget Proposal for Clean Energy and Climate Investments

April 21, 2015 by Joseph Nyangon

President Obama has released a $4 trillion budget proposal for 2016. It contains a range of programs designed to encourage deployment of the next generation clean energy and energy efficiency technologies. Here are the top five things to know about the budget for clean energy and environmental investments.[read more]

Atom and the Fault

April 16, 2015 by Rod Adams
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Nuclear Energy History

I came across a fascinating little book by Richard Meehan titled 'The Atom and the Fault: Experts, Earthquakes and Nuclear Power.' Meehan is a geotechnical engineer who participated in several controversial nuclear plant projects in California, including Bodega Head, Malibu, and Diablo Canyon.[read more]

TVA Backs Away from Bellefonte

April 15, 2015 by Dan Yurman
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In a new Integrated Resource Plan released for public comment this week, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) said it no longer has plans to finish the partially complete Bellefonte Unit I nuclear energy reactor for which construction started in 1974.[read more]

Is Iran After Nuclear Power for Energy Purposes? [STORIFY]

April 14, 2015 by Jessica Obeid
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The U.S. and Iran have inked an historic framework agreement that aims to curb Iran's path to a nuclear weapon while preserving the nation's ability to develop a domestic nuclear energy industry. Most of the analysis out there on the deal focuses on the global geopolitics, but what about the energy fundamentals?[read more]

An Energy Perspective on the Iran Nuclear Framework

April 14, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles
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The coverage of the recently agreed international nuclear framework for Iran's nuclear program has missed an important aspect. Nearly all analysis I have read considered the deal from a security and geopolitical perspective, without examining the merits of civilian nuclear power within Iran's domestic energy mix.[read more]

A Nuclear Future Means Clean, Economic Electricity; Yet Fossil Fuels Reign

April 14, 2015 by Milton Caplan
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Nuclear and Clean Energy Needs

China’s commitment to nuclear power is strong and unwavering. An important reason for this rapid expansion is the need for clean air. Pollution in China is a real and everyday problem for its large population. The Chinese see nuclear power as path to ultimately reducing their need to burn coal.[read more]

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi Goes Shopping for Nuclear Reactors

April 13, 2015 by Dan Yurman

One of the things the head of state gets to do when on an international, multi-nation trip is draw up a list of things to buy and bring home. For India’s Narenda Modi, it is about finally settling on the terms of a long pending contract for six nuclear reactors in Jaitapur, and the uranium to fuel them, which top the list.[read more]

Five Surprising Public Health Facts About Fukushima

April 8, 2015 by Breakthrough Institute
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Fukushima and Measured Risk

Four years ago an earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan. 15,000 people were killed. A subsequent nuclear meltdown added fear to grief. As terrible as the meltdown was, the radiation did not have significant public health consequences, much less the catastrophic ones that many feared and some continue to claim.[read more]

Can a New Generation of Startups Revolutionize the Nuclear Industry?

April 8, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Future Nuclear Technology and Industry Risk

Small modular nuclear reactors are often hailed as the savior of the struggling nuclear industry. They’re cheaper, safer and more flexible than traditional reactors. But many small modular reactor designs are also not fully proven on a commercial scale – and they’ll likely not achieve scale for another decade.[read more]

SMRs: Lots of Talk, but DoE's Budget is 1% of Yearly Wind Tax Credit [VIDEO]

March 31, 2015 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Development and Governmental Support

If developing smaller reactors as a tool in the battle against carbon dioxide emissions was as high of a priority for the Administration as one would believe based on the amount of talk given to the topic, it would be logical to have assumed that the DoE would have made additional funds available for research.[read more]

Mideast Nuclear Projects: A Mix of Progress and Perils

March 31, 2015 by Dan Yurman

With a nuclear regulatory structure and agency modeled after the US NRC, the United Arab Emirates announced that its Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has submitted an application for an operating license for the first two units at the Barakah nuclear power station.[read more]

Plant Closure Opportunity: Hitting Those Clean Energy Notes

March 28, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Plant Closure and Green Policies

It may seem logical that once a power plant closes, another one needs to be built to replace it – after all, we need to make up for its potential energy generation with more natural gas or nuclear-powered energy, right? Maybe, but plant closures are also an opportunity for clean energy.[read more]

Nuclear Safety in a Post-Fukushima World: Is the US Falling Behind?

March 25, 2015 by Roman Kilisek
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US Nuclear Safety

After Fukushima, re-examinations of nuclear reactor security were launched in many of the 31 countries around the world, which possess “over 435 [operable] commercial nuclear power reactors with over 375,000 MWe of total capacity [while about] 70 more reactors are under construction.”[read more]

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]

Look Out for "Market Ingenuity" from Stressed LNG Project Developers

March 24, 2015 by Rod Adams

LNG and Market Competition

With the hundreds of billions of dollars at stake around the world in LNG infrastructure projects, nuclear professionals need to pay close attention to the fact that “market ingenuity” for LNG producers can include efforts to force nuclear plants to shut down.[read more]