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Nuclear Power

Japan's 'Unholy Trinity': Nuclear Power Must Join Renewables to Move Emissions Reduction Needle

May 20, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Japan and Emissions Goals

The Asahi Shimbun reported in March on the decision of four big Japanese electric utilities to decommission a total of five nuclear reactors that have been in operation for more than 40 years. Respective plans have been submitted to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).[read more]

Nuclear Agency: Nuclear Power Will Play Only A Modest Role In Stopping Climate Change

May 20, 2015 by Joseph Romm
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Nuclear Energy and Climate Change

Nuclear power can play a modest, but important, role in avoiding catastrophic global warming, if it can solve its various problems including high construction cost without sacrificing safety. That is the conclusion of a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) and Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA).[read more]

First Real Debate on the EU Energy Union Reveals Top Priorities [VIDEO]

May 18, 2015 by Kasper Peters

EU Energy Union Debate

Sonja van Renssen is joined by Maroš Šefčovič (Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Energy Union), Morten Helveg Petersen MEP and Anders Marvik (Statoil EU Affairs) to debate the question: “Where to next for the Energy Union?"[read more]

Will Areva Survive a Cascade of Crises?

May 13, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Energy Company Risk

Phillippe Knoche, Areva’s CEO, at this point in his brief history at the head of the firm, could probably be forgiven for thinking that without too much trouble he could throw a rock in just about any direction and hear the clang of its impact on side of one of the firm’s major crisis.[read more]

Indian Point: Physical Versus Political Realities and Nuclear Plants

May 13, 2015 by Will Davis
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Recently, an output transformer at Indian Point Energy Center in New York failed. It leaked, burned and exploded and required water and then firefighting foam to extinguish. This event would have been fairly unremarkable except for the fact that some of the oil went into the Hudson River.[read more]

Argentina Shifts its Energy Focus to Nuclear

May 12, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Nuclear in Argentina

Recently, Argentina has catapulted to the front end of global attention on new nuclear builds with deals for three new nuclear reactors, two from China and one from Russia. Additionally, the country has its own nuclear R&D program which supports the development of a 25 MB SMR based on PWR designs.[read more]

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Approves License for DTE ESBWR at FERMI III

May 7, 2015 by Dan Yurman
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The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has cleared the way for the that agency’s Office of New Reactors to issue a license to DTE Energy to build and operate a GE-Hitachi 1530 Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR).[read more]

Chinese Nuclear Firms Compete Abroad for Exports and for Market Share at Home

May 5, 2015 by Dan Yurman
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Nuclear in China

Two giant rival Chinese state-owned nuclear firms are pulling out the stops to achieve success with exports and increased market share of the restarted domestic reactor construction program. The so-called Hualong One, a 1000 MW PWR type reactor, is being hawked by both firms.[read more]

DTE Energy to Receive COL for Fermi-3

May 4, 2015 by Will Davis
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NRC and Licensing Awards

Recently, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced that its commissioners had approved the award of a Construction and Operating License (COL) for DTE Energy’s prospective Fermi Unit 3, to be built on the site of the existing Fermi-2 near Detroit, Michigan.[read more]

Nuclear Energy: Fast Reactors Come and Go

May 1, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Amid all the interest in small modular reactors using well known light water technologies, occasionally fast reactor start-ups appear on the technological horizon. Several such start-ups have recently garnered media attention due to their focus on either molten salt or thorium fuel.[read more]

U.S. Nuclear Power Safety: Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

April 30, 2015 by Jared Anderson
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The Sate of Nuclear Safety

Well, it depends on who you ask, of course. But some suggest the existing U.S. nuclear regulatory framework contains flaws that in some cases allow cost to trump safety. But there has always been tension between the nuclear industry and the regulators that oversee it.[read more]

Nuclear Energy in the U.S. is Not Dead, Yet

April 28, 2015 by Dan Yurman
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Lots of people in the United States want to write the obituary of the nuclear energy industry in the U.S. Among their reasons the high cost of new reactors, the low price of natural gas, and a skeptical public spooked by the shadow of Fukushima.[read more]

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Internalized Costs Results from the Seeking Consensus Project

April 27, 2015 by Schalk Cloete
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Analyzing Internalized Costs

The results are finally in regarding the internalized cost estimates that have been collected over the course of the Seeking Consensus project. Please feel free to have a good look at the various data, and be sure to join in the discussion of the results.[read more]

Interview: Current Status of Indian Point Nuclear Plant Relicensing

April 27, 2015 by Jared Anderson
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Indian Point Nuclear Plant

One of the more contentious issues in the United States today is relicensing the nuclear power plant fleet for additional 20-year periods. As you can imagine, this issue can be particularly divisive in the local communities in which these plants are located.[read more]

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]