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Addressing Remaining Concerns About Nuclear Energy

December 24, 2015 by Rod Adams

In recent years, critical thinkers who have habitually objected to using nuclear energy have conceded that it has a good safety record and that its CO2 and other air pollution emissions are a tiny fraction of produced by the most efficient natural gas power plants.[read more]

NRC Puts San Onofre Complaint to Rest

August 14, 2015 by Dan Yurman

The U.S NRC dismissed a complaint against Southern California Edison (SCE) brought by the anti-nuclear group Friends of the Earth (FOE). It alleged that the utility failed to obtain approval from the NRC for a license amendment to install the new steam generators which ultimately failed[read more]

A Small, Modular, Efficient Fusion Plant

August 10, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

A New Fusion Plant

It’s a joke that fusion scientists have grown tired of hearing: Practical nuclear fusion power plants are just 30 years away — and always will be. But now, finally, the joke may no longer be true: Advances in magnet tech have enabled researchers to propose a new design for a compact tokamak fusion reactor.[read more]

U.S. Nuclear Outages are Low During Summer Peak Electricity Demand Season

July 20, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Nuclear Energy and Outages

As the country reaches the summer peak electricity demand season, nearly all United States nuclear generators have returned from refueling outages. Total outages were less than 1.5 gigawatts on July 6, which was the lowest level since late January.[read more]

Cheap Nuclear

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]