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Nuclear Power

Tour of NuScale Control Room and Test Facility

October 31, 2014 by Rod Adams
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NuScale Tour

On October 20, 2014, I had the opportunity to visit NuScale’s facilities in Corvallis, OR. Though the company now has offices in three cities, Corvallis, the home of Oregon State University, is the place where the NuScale Power Module has been conceived and refined.[read more]

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A Case Study in how Junk Science is Used by Anti-Nuclear Environmentalists

October 27, 2014 by Robert Wilson
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Science, Nuclear Risk, and Public Perception

In opposing nuclear energy environmental groups draw on a wealth of imagery and deeply ingrained fears. Rigorous scientific analysis may show that the dangers from burning coal are vastly greater than those of nuclear energy; but can you can name a single coal power plant?[read more]

Three Ways to Play Uranium: Dundee's David Talbot Names His Top Draft Picks

October 26, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Ways to Play Uranium Investment

Dundee Capital Markets Vice President and Senior Mining Analyst David Talbot worked for nine years as a geologist in the gold exploration industry. Talbot joined Dundee's research department in May 2003, and in summer 2007 took over the role of analyzing the fast-growing uranium sector.[read more]

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]

Political Battles Hampering Function of Important Agency

October 24, 2014 by Rod Adams
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is supposed to be an independent regulator with the mission of regulating the use of radioactive materials to adequately protect public safety, promote the common defense and security, and protect the environment. Unfortunately, it has become a political battle ground.[read more]

Innovation Needed for Gas to Bridge to Somewhere

October 20, 2014 by Alex Trembath
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Natural Gas and the Future of Energy

A new research letter in Nature concludes that natural gas will not “discernibly reduce fossil fuel CO2 emissions.” The paper models a scenario in which the US shale gas revolution is scaled globally. While natural gas displaces higher-carbon coal-fired power, zero-carbon power like nuclear and solar are also displaced.[read more]

EU Energy Briefing: All You Need to Know for October 2014 [VIDEO]

October 20, 2014 by Kasper Peters

EU Energy Report

In this Brussels Briefing on Energy, leading energy journalist Hughes Belin for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, provides an overview of the European Union’s most pressing energy issues including the Juncker Commission, and the recent green light for the Hinkley Point C nuclear project.[read more]

Paterson's Plan for CO2 Emission Reductions

October 15, 2014 by Rod Adams
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UK Emissions Reduction Plans

Owen Paterson, the UK’s environment secretary until a cabinet realignment during the summer of 2014, is planning to begin advocating a dramatic course change for his country’s energy policy using a combination of additional nuclear energy, natural gas, and demand management, in addition to wind energy.[read more]

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The Future of Energy: Will 'Cheap as Dirt' Batteries Transform the Grid?

October 13, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Energy Storage Innovation and the Future

What if batteries were as cheap as dirt? In a new video produced by investment advisors Alger, Donald Sadoway explains how truly cheap, scalable energy storage could change the way the electric grid has worked for the last one-hundred-and-fifty years.[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]

DOE Loans Are Only the Beginning for Much-Needed Investment in Nuclear

October 8, 2014 by Jessica Lovering
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Nuclear Loans and Support

The Department of Energy’s announcement for up to $12.6 billion in loan guarantees for advanced nuclear is great news for dozens of US companies developing cutting-edge nuclear power technologies struggling to find support in the US market.[read more]

Attention to Climate Change is On the Rise. Nuclear Energy is an Essential Part of the Solution

October 7, 2014 by Milton Caplan
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Climate Change and Nuclear Energy

 

What is the role of nuclear power in the fight to reduce carbon emissions? The Economist published a very interesting figure demonstrating that, when it comes to energy production, the worldwide use of nuclear power is second only to hydro (and not by much) in having reduced global emissions to date.[read more]

What is the Potential of Distributed Generation with Storage and Demand Response?

October 6, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Distributed Generation and Demand Response

This article will take a deep and fundamental look at the potential of distributed storage and demand response to enhance the potential of distributed generation. Utility scale storage and demand response will also be assessed for comparative purposes.[read more]

National Academy of Sciences Moving Towards BEIR VIII

October 4, 2014 by Rod Adams

As has been reported in numerous articles, there has been a large body of scientific research on the health effects of low level radiation published in the period since the last time the National Academy of Sciences produced a report on the Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation.[read more]

The Gathering Storm: U.S. Must Lead Action on Climate Change

September 26, 2014 by Daniel Kammen

We face a threat from climate disruption. And the U.S. must lead to a clean energy future and a healthier world. Or else the longer heat waves, prolonged drought, crop failures, rising seas, increased wildfires and floods, and natural systems crashing will create profoundly destabilizing effects.[read more]