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Risks to American Nuclear Energy from "Non-Proliferation" Excesses

Elaine Grossman has published a piece on Nextgov.com titled Former Defense Brass Object to ‘More Restrictive’ Nuclear Trade Policies that is critical of an effort led by John Hamre to question recent deliberations by the Obama Administration. The...

Posted May 19, 2013    

Pitching Nuclear Energy: The Value of New Plant Construction [VIDEO]

I returned last night from a short vacation to Washington, DC. I am such an atomic geek that my idea of a vacation is to spend a couple of days at the Nuclear Energy Assembly (NEA) in a dim hotel conference room surrounded by a crowd of business...

Posted May 17, 2013    

Nuclear Energy Plant Too Expensive to Compete With Natural Gas?

On Saturday, May 11, 2013, the Tampa Bay Times published a lengthy piece by Ivan Penn titled Levy Nuclear Plant More Costly Than a Natural Gas Facility that uses a detailed analysis with substantial “error bars” around cost estimates to show that...

Posted May 14, 2013    

What Nuclear Energy Can Learn From Spectra Natural Gas Pipeline Campaign [VIDEO]

If I lived in New York City, I would be campaigning against the installation of large, high pressure gas pipelines and for the continued operation of the well-built and well-maintained Indian Point Nuclear Power Station. I would also campaign for...

Posted May 6, 2013    

Nuclear Energy Kills More Birds than Wind Energy?

By Paul LorenziniIn the yin and yang of energy policy debates, we know some can get carried away. Normally we ignore the radical fringe, but sometimes their claims take on a life of their own and need to be addressed. One such charge has found its...

Posted April 30, 2013    

Rising Natural Gas Prices Not Enough to Save Kewaunee's Cheap Nuclear Energy

On May 7, 2013, the Kewaunee Nuclear Power Station is scheduled to stop generating emission free electricity for the last time. The plant is one of the better run and maintained facilities in the US, it has an operating license that is effective...

Posted April 22, 2013    

Nuclear Energy Innovation: NuScale Achieves Unlimited Coping Time

At the Nuclear Energy Insider SMR Conference in Columbia, S.C., Dr. Jose Reyes, a co-founder and the Chief Technology Officer of NuScale Power, announced that his team had achieved an impressive design breakthrough.Two years after the Fukushima...

Posted April 21, 2013    

Nuclear Energy Saves Lives [VIDEO]

I stumbled across the above video from DNews. Here is how DNews describes itself:DNews is dedicated to satisfying your curiosity and to bringing you mind-bending stories and perspectives you won’t find anywhere else.Though there are some points that...

Posted April 8, 2013    

Half-Hearted Nuclear Energy Cannot Continue, Leaders be "All In"

Dieter Helm has generously shared an April 2013 article written for Prospect Magazine titled Stumbling towards crisis. In that article Helm points to US energy decision making as a good example that serves as a contrast to UK energy policy making....

Posted March 31, 2013    

How Much Material Does a 3600 MWe Coal Plant Really Use? [VIDEO]

Utility companies that operate both coal and nuclear power plants rarely use the important communications techniques of comparison and contrast to help people understand the benefits of nuclear energy. There is some business logic behind that policy...

Posted March 24, 2013    

Faint Praise for Nuclear Energy in New Documentary [VIDEO]

A colleagues who used to work in the oil and gas industry pointed me to an article from the November 2012 issue of the Journal of Petroleum Technology titled Switch: The New Documentary on Energy’s Future. The article describes a video research...

Posted March 13, 2013    

Kewaunee Nuclear Power Station: Employee Buyout a Win-Win-Win Solution?

Dominion’s October 2012 announcement that it is closing the Kewaunee Nuclear Power Plant took the nuclear industry by almost complete surprise. My friends who write about nuclear topics on a regular basis had no clue about the possibility before it...

Posted March 11, 2013