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World's Largest Off-Shore Wind Farm - 209 MWe Peak Capacity for $1 Billion

The Horns Rev 2 wind farm, which consists of 91 wind turbines each with a peak generating capacity of 2.3 MW of electricity, went on line with much fan fare off of the coast of Denmark on September 17, 2009. According to the news reports, the...

Posted September 18, 2009    

German Political Leaders Debate Nuclear Plant Phaseout

On September 13, 2009 current German Chancellor Angela Merkel debated with her Social Democratic Party challenger (and current coalition partner) Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Though most of the debate indicated broad areas of relative agreement on...

Posted September 15, 2009    

Australian Scientists Debate About Nuclear Energy

Barry Brook, who publishes the excellent Brave New Climate blog is also the Director of Climate Science at The Environment Institute, University of Adelaide. He was recently featured on an Australian Broadcast Company (ABC) - Stateline program...

Posted September 13, 2009    

China Can Build Safe Low Cost Nuclear Plants Quickly Says Steve Kidd of The World Nuclear Association

A few days ago, I mentioned my competitive concern about the progress being made in China in its program to build new nuclear power plants. Unlike the US, which has stimulated banks and consumption to try to jump start its economy, China is taking...

Posted September 12, 2009    

"The Coal Nightmare" on ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

On September 7, 2009, ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) first aired a detailed, 45 minute investigative report on the current status of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology around the world. The segment, titled "The Coal...

Posted September 12, 2009    

"Cheap" Natural Gas Soars by 15% in a Single Day Based on Better Economic News and Less Gas Going to Storage

As a long time observer of energy markets, I have maintained a continuing skepticism as many people assured the world that we were entering into a lengthy period of low, well-behaved natural gas prices. I have heard that before and watched as the...

Posted September 11, 2009    

Customers Might Prefer to Be Shareholders in New Nuclear Plant Construction

Over the past several days, I have read a number of stories about the political and legal challenges that companies like Southern Co., FPL, and CPS are facing as they attempt to roll some of the costs of efforts to expand their nuclear plant...

Posted September 9, 2009    

Japan Steel Works Stock Soars by More Than 8% As China Doubles Its Nuclear Plans

As a patriotic and competitive American, I am worried about the long term effects of the difference in stimulus investments between my country and China. We spent $3 billion dollars subsidizing the purchase of new automobiles for individual people...

Posted September 8, 2009    

Wall Street Journal - Outlook For New Nukes In the US

The Wall Street Journal has published a pithy and quite good summary of the prospects for new nuclear plant construction in the United States written by Rebecca Smith and titled The New Nukes: The next generation of nuclear reactors is on its way,...

Posted September 8, 2009    

PBMR Sends Pebbles For Testing In Russia

Last year, the PBMR company in South Africa began testing TRISO coated fuel particles containing Uranium Dioxide enriched to 9.6% U-235. These 1 millimeter diameter fuel particles are the fundamental building blocks of the high temperature fuel that...

Posted September 6, 2009    

Thousands Gather In Berlin To Force Millions To Pay More For Electricity That Pollutes More Than Nuclear

On September 5, 2009, a group of people gathered in Berlin, Germany to encourage the German government to stick with its plan to phase out the 17 nuclear power plants that current provide about 1/3 of its electricity supply. The organizers claim...

Posted September 6, 2009    

Challenges for the Solar PV Industry After Spain Revises The Feed In Tariffs That Caused a Mad Rush and Damaging Market Collapse

I was dimly aware that Spain had, up until 2008, one of the most generous feed in tariff laws for grid connected solar systems, both photovoltaic and thermal. What I did not know was that Spain, as small and as lightly populated as it is,...

Posted September 3, 2009