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May 5, 2014 by Breakthrough Institute

Nuclear Design and Technology

What is the best design to make next generation nuclear reactors safer and cheaper? That’s the question everyone is asking. The United States Department of Energy has recently bet that smaller will be cheaper, funding small modular reactors with passive safety features.[read more]

UK Nuclear Deal Is A Bet on Baseload Power

October 24, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

Monday's agreement between the UK government and French utility EDF and a pair of Chinese firms marks the start of the long-awaited turnover of the country's aging nuclear power infrastructure. The deal is controversial, not least for the power price guaranteed to the developers.[read more]

Bruce Power: Unique Public-Private-Trade Union Partnership to Enhance and Restore Assets

October 23, 2013 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Energy Development

Bruce Power has successfully restored the four units at Bruce A with the cooperation of private industry, trade unions and the provincial government. The relatively compact site now houses 8 large nuclear units with a total generating capacity of 6,300 MW of emission free electricity.[read more]

US Nuclear Energy Plant Performance August 2013

September 23, 2013 by Rod Adams

I realize that I may be accused of cherry-picking a particularly good month for US nuclear power plants, but I wanted to share something that helps to explain why I am so darned enthusiastic about nuclear energy’s potential to improve the human condition.[read more]


Nuclear Power, Simply Put

September 11, 2013 by Robert Hargraves

The case for the benefits of advanced nuclear power, in twelve sentences, including the facts that nuclear power plants generate power less expensively than wind or solar power plants, and that nuclear power plants are safer than other power plants, in this article.[read more]

Demonizing Existing Nuclear Energy Tech is a Poor Communications Tool

July 11, 2013 by Rod Adams

A good friend shared a link to a blog titled 'Taking physics to new audiences: a realisation.' It is a wonderful story about a particle physicist who has a twin sister who is a professional historian.[read more]

Early Retirement of US Nuclear Plants Is a Step Backward

July 9, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

Last month Southern California Edison announced that the utility’s San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), consisting of half of California's nuclear generating capacity, will close permanently.[read more]

Indian Nuclear Power Plant Gets Green Light Amid Regulatory Risks

June 18, 2013 by Igor Alexeev

Indian Nuclear Power


The Kudankulam nuclear power plant in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu has finally begun operations following a landmark Supreme Court of India ruling approving the project.[read more]

Nuclear Energy Industry Re-Energizing after Fukushima

May 21, 2013 by Igor Alexeev


nuclear energy back on track?


Reconstructing nuclear confidence in a post-Fukushima world is a long and painful process. Russian experience in this field can offer some interesting solutions to decision-makers.[read more]

Nuclear Energy Plant Too Expensive to Compete With Natural Gas?

May 14, 2013 by Rod Adams

Nuclear energy costs


On Saturday, the Tampa Bay Times published a lengthy piece that argues the two reactor installation proposed for Levy County, Florida is a more expensive option than a natural gas power plant.[read more]

How Climate Change May Affect Nuclear Power Plants

August 29, 2012 by Tom Schueneman

Many nuclear power plants rely heavily on access to nearby sources of cold water to keep the system cool. Many of these power plants were built several decades ago and some of them are not well prepared for the warmer weather we are now experiencing.[read more]

Utah’s Blue Castle Project gets $30 million

July 1, 2010 by Dan Yurman

New York private investment firm stake in nuclear energy project Blue Castle Holdings, the developer of a planned nuclear power plant in Green River, Utah, announced an agreement with LeadDog Capital, a specialist in microcap companies, for private equity funding of $30 million in exchange for common stock in the project.  The IPO...[read more]

How to build a nuclear power plant without captive ratepayers

December 1, 2009 by Michael Giberson

Jonathon Fahey, at, explains “How NRG Energy Wants to Revive Nuclear Industry.” In the early part of the decade proponents talked breathlessly of a nuclear renaissance in the U.S. Natural gas prices were high, electricity demand was rising, and it seemed that carbon emissions would soon be either taxed or limited. In 2005...[read more]

Looking Back 30 Years To a Wet, Expensive Rally

June 5, 2009 by Rod Adams

On a rainy June 3, 1979, there was a large gathering of people on the Long Island shore near the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant. According to some observers, there were 15,000 people in the crowd, but others dispute that number and say it was considerably fewer. The purpose of the rally was to organize and inspire opposition to the nuclear...[read more]