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Plant Closure Opportunity: Hitting Those Clean Energy Notes

March 28, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

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]

China's Power System: The Green and the Black

March 24, 2015 by Armond Cohen
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China Energy Needs and Sources

If you follow energy discussions, you will often hear one of two visions of China’s energy system emphatically described by various pundits and advocates. At first blush, the two visions seem fundamentally in conflict. Only one must be true! How can China be both “green” and “black” at the same time?[read more]

A Path for Innovating Nuclear Energy

March 24, 2015 by Todd Allen
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Nuclear Innovation

At the heart of the modern energy debate is a struggle between the need for more energy globally, while simultaneously achieving lower emissions. Nuclear energy is uniquely positioned to help respond to these dueling necessities, but innovative advancements must overcome considerable barriers.[read more]

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The 100% Renewable Energy Nuclear Option, Part 1

March 23, 2015 by David Hess
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Renewables and Future Energy Options

 

It is time for the world to get serious about renewables, by formally recognizing that nuclear energy is one in all ways that matter. Usually the term renewables is taken to mean wind and solar, but this makes the idea of a life and death contest with nuclear all the more ridiculous.[read more]

Westinghouse Revives SMR Efforts

March 23, 2015 by Dan Yurman
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Westinghouse Electric Company said this week that the NRC gave permission for the company to test its small modular reactor design. It is a major reversal of the company’s decision in February 2014 to cancel its development efforts due to several factors.[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]

South Australian Senator Believes There's Value in "Nuclear Waste"

March 19, 2015 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Energy and South Australia

South Australian Senator Sean Edwards sees economic opportunity in taking advantage of other countries’ fear of radioactive materials. He recognizes there billions set aside for safe disposal of used fuel. In most countries, however, there is no effective planning that will result in the desired result.[read more]

South Africa's Shale Gas Potential

March 19, 2015 by Sussex Energy Group

South Africa is undergoing changes to its energy supply, from renewable energy, to two new coal plants, with the possibilities of shale gas exploration. As the country is a net importer of gas from its neighboring Mozambique and Namibia, efforts are increasing to secure oil and gas domestically.[read more]

Power Can Be Both Clean and Reliable

March 19, 2015 by Doug Vine
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A number of analysts have raised concerns that the proposed Clean Power Plan, aimed at reducing power plant carbon emissions, could threaten the reliability of electric power. But a closer look at the U.S. power system and the safeguards in place suggests that these reliability issues are manageable.[read more]

Would Standardized Nuclear Plant Designs Prevent Construction Overruns and Delays? Lessons From the 1970s

March 18, 2015 by Will Davis
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Nuclear Plants and Design Efficiency

 

Delays and cost overruns are running rampant in new nuclear plants under construction today in 2015. This is more or less the morass in which nuclear plant construction became mired in the 70's, when an innovative management approach was developed to ease the process: SNUPPS.[read more]

All Cost, No Benefit: EPA Proposes 33 Year Monitoring Requirement for ISR Mining

March 18, 2015 by Rod Adams
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EPA Regulation and Nuclear Energy

On January 26, 2015, the EPA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that will have the effect — intended or unintended — of eliminating in-situ leach (ISL) uranium mining in the U.S. The technology, which the EPA choses to call in-situ recovery (ISR), is the dominant technology used by operating mines.[read more]

China Years Away from Being a Major Nuclear Export Player

March 17, 2015 by Dan Yurman

China Nuclear Potential

Much has been made of China’s global ambitions to become a major player in the global nuclear export market. Analysts have pointed to deals with Argentina, Romania, and Pakistan. But a key challenge is lining up customers who can actually pay for the products.[read more]