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"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    

Green Inc. And Others Continue to Be Confused About The Implications Of Construction Delays At Olkiluoto

The New York Times blog Green Inc. which is subtitled Energy, the Environment and the Bottom Line, published a post titled More Delays at Finnish Nuclear Plant that indicates a continuing confusion about the implications of the construction and...

Posted September 3, 2009    

Every Little Bit Helps, But Each One Only Helps A Little - Computational Example

One of the common phrases that is repeated about our need to change our energy consumption habits is that "every little bit helps". On the top of the list at about.com's page titled Energy Saving: 13 Tips to Turn Your Cell Phone Green is advice to...

Posted August 29, 2009    

Southern Company Receives Limited Work Authorization To Begin Site Preparation For Two New Nuclear Plants Near Augusta GA

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a Limited Work Authorization (LWA) to Southern Nuclear Operating Company to begin preparing for the construction of two Westinghouse AP-1000 nuclear power plants. The LWA came on the heels of the NRC's...

Posted August 27, 2009    

Assessment of External Costs And Emissions of Various Power Sources

One of the studies that I find a need to quote from on a regular basis is the ExternE study of life cycle costs and emissions that shows just how much (or how little) external costs can be attributed to the production of a kilowatt-hour of...

Posted August 25, 2009