The Energy Collective - The world's best thinkers on energy & climate http://theenergycollective.com/rss/all/RodAdams en Dr. Rachel Slaybaugh: "It's an Exciting Time to be in Nuclear Engineering." http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2321840/dr-rachel-slaybaugh-it-s-exciting-time-be-nuclear-engineering During the Advanced Nuclear Summit and Showcase, there was a terrific conversation about a growing excitement among students studying nuclear engineering, among more established members of the nuclear community, and among other people who are passionate about helping to save the world.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2321840/dr-rachel-slaybaugh-it-s-exciting-time-be-nuclear-engineering" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2321840/dr-rachel-slaybaugh-it-s-exciting-time-be-nuclear-engineering#comments Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Climate Environmental Policy Nuclear Power Environment Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News future energy planning nuclear engineering nuclear industry development Fri, 12 Feb 2016 02:18:19 +0000 RodAdams 2321840 at http://theenergycollective.com Enough Tritium for Almost a Million Liters at 8,000,000 pCi/L http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2322154/enough-tritium-almost-million-liters-8000000-pcil Sometime between June 24, 2015 and January 21, 2016, a building remodeling project in Steamboat Springs, CO resulted in the loss of 7.5 curies of tritium. A reasonable guess is that the container holding the tritium was tossed into a construction debris dumpster and carted off to a local landfill.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2322154/enough-tritium-almost-million-liters-8000000-pcil" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2322154/enough-tritium-almost-million-liters-8000000-pcil#comments Tech Communications and Messaging Utilities Environmental Policy Rare Earth Minerals Nuclear Power Public Health Risk Management Energy Fuels News nuclear safety public health risk radiation levels tritium Wed, 10 Feb 2016 02:36:34 +0000 RodAdams 2322154 at http://theenergycollective.com Save Diablo Canyon So It Can Continue to Supply Massive Quantities of Clean Power http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2322089/save-diablo-canyon-so-it-can-continue-supply-massive-quantities-clean-power California has one of the most confusing energy policies in the country. Though it loudly proclaims itself as an environmental leader, with some of the most strict air and water pollution regulations in the world, it has a state law that prevents consideration of new nuclear power plants.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2322089/save-diablo-canyon-so-it-can-continue-supply-massive-quantities-clean-power" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2322089/save-diablo-canyon-so-it-can-continue-supply-massive-quantities-clean-power#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Energy Security Tech Sustainability Utilities Climate Environmental Policy Nuclear Power Environment Risk Management Energy Fuels Politics & Legislation california closing nuclear plants diablo canyon Mon, 08 Feb 2016 06:00:22 +0000 RodAdams 2322089 at http://theenergycollective.com Bipartisan Support for Advanced Nuclear Energy Development http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2321841/bipartisan-support-advanced-nuclear-energy-development Third Way bills itself as a centrist think tank that is not satisfied with just thinking; they take action that gets results. The Jan 27th Advanced Nuclear Summit and Showcase provided an excellent example of Third Way’s ability to seek common ground among people from both major political parties in the United States.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2321841/bipartisan-support-advanced-nuclear-energy-development" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2321841/bipartisan-support-advanced-nuclear-energy-development#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Energy Security Tech Storage Sustainability Utilities Rare Earth Minerals Nuclear Power Public Health Environment Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels Politics & Legislation energy politics nuclear industry development Sun, 07 Feb 2016 12:00:00 +0000 RodAdams 2321841 at http://theenergycollective.com Atomic Show #249 – All-Electric America by Freeman and Parks http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2319559/atomic-show-249-all-electric-america-freeman-and-parks There are a number of visionary sections of the book that appeal to me. However, I was not surprised to find out that the book takes a strong position in opposition to nuclear energy. I’ve long been aware of S. David Freeman, his career in the electricity production enterprise, and his forty-fifty year old position on nuclear energy. <p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2319559/atomic-show-249-all-electric-america-freeman-and-parks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2319559/atomic-show-249-all-electric-america-freeman-and-parks#comments Nuclear Power advanced nuclear electricity Wed, 27 Jan 2016 11:00:00 +0000 RodAdams 2319559 at http://theenergycollective.com Vermonters Say They Want Industrial Wind to Go the Way of the Billboard http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2319804/vermonters-say-they-want-industrial-wind-go-way-billboard As a native of South Florida, I’ve probably logged at least a million miles driving on its interstate and U.S. highways. Most Americans have probably had at least a small taste of that experience. <p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2319804/vermonters-say-they-want-industrial-wind-go-way-billboard" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2319804/vermonters-say-they-want-industrial-wind-go-way-billboard#comments Cleantech Wind wind power Mon, 25 Jan 2016 11:00:00 +0000 RodAdams 2319804 at http://theenergycollective.com Assembling Reliable off Grid Power System for Emergency Preparedness http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2316651/assembling-reliable-grid-power-system-emergency-preparedness Many advocates of unreliable power sources like wind and solar blithely toss out the concept of “storage” as the panacea that makes their favored energy sources viable competitors in the potentially lucrative business of supplying on demand power.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2316651/assembling-reliable-grid-power-system-emergency-preparedness" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2316651/assembling-reliable-grid-power-system-emergency-preparedness#comments Electricity Electricity Grid Energy electricity emergency Tue, 19 Jan 2016 12:00:00 +0000 RodAdams 2316651 at http://theenergycollective.com Virginia Loves Nuclear But Hates Uranium. Why? http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2307825/virginia-loves-nuclear-hates-uranium-why Virginia may be the only state in the United States with an actual law that is designed to create a public-private partnership structure whose mission is to strengthen, promote, and support the development of its nuclear energy and technology industries.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2307825/virginia-loves-nuclear-hates-uranium-why" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2307825/virginia-loves-nuclear-hates-uranium-why#comments Energy Security Tech Utilities Efficiency Nuclear Power Finance Risk Management Subsidies Energy Energy and Economy Fuels Politics & Legislation Energy Legislation nuclear industry virginia Mon, 04 Jan 2016 06:42:21 +0000 RodAdams 2307825 at http://theenergycollective.com Richard Lester's "A Roadmap for U.S. Nuclear Energy Innovation" http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2308132/richard-lester-s-roadmap-us-nuclear-energy-innovation Dr. Richard Lester, the Japan Steel Industry Professor and Associate Provost for International Activities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), published a thought and discussion provoking piece titled A Roadmap for U.S. Nuclear Energy Innovation.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2308132/richard-lester-s-roadmap-us-nuclear-energy-innovation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2308132/richard-lester-s-roadmap-us-nuclear-energy-innovation#comments Energy Security Tech Storage Sustainability Utilities Nuclear Power Finance Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News future energy planning nuclear energy development united states and energy Thu, 31 Dec 2015 09:15:12 +0000 RodAdams 2308132 at http://theenergycollective.com Caldeira, Emanuel, Wigley, and Hansen Statement at COP 21 on December 4, 2015 http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2306850/caldeira-emanuel-wigley-and-hansen-statement-cop21-december-4-2015 During COP 21, Energy for Humanity hosted a press conference at which four climate scientists gave statements about why they believe that nuclear energy must be included in the effort to reduce CO2 emissions from the the power sources currently used to enable our modern, increasingly prosperous society.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2306850/caldeira-emanuel-wigley-and-hansen-statement-cop21-december-4-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2306850/caldeira-emanuel-wigley-and-hansen-statement-cop21-december-4-2015#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Energy Security Tech Utilities Climate Environmental Policy Cleantech Green Business Nuclear Power Public Health International Climate Conferences Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News COP 21 emissions reduction nuclear energy planning Mon, 28 Dec 2015 06:01:57 +0000 RodAdams 2306850 at http://theenergycollective.com Addressing Remaining Concerns About Nuclear Energy http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2304987/addressing-remaining-concerns-about-nuclear-energy 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.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2304987/addressing-remaining-concerns-about-nuclear-energy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2304987/addressing-remaining-concerns-about-nuclear-energy#comments Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Storage Sustainability Utilities Climate Environmental Policy Nuclear Power Public Health Environment Finance Risk Management Energy and Economy Fuels energy risk nuclear power plant public perception Thu, 24 Dec 2015 10:04:01 +0000 RodAdams 2304987 at http://theenergycollective.com John Holdren on Nuclear Energy's Importance as Ultra-Low Carbon Power Source: White House Summit on Nuclear Energy http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2290389/john-holdren-nuclear-energy-s-importance-ultra-low-carbon-power-source-white-house- John Holdren holds what might be the longest title available in the current Administration. He is Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2290389/john-holdren-nuclear-energy-s-importance-ultra-low-carbon-power-source-white-house-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2290389/john-holdren-nuclear-energy-s-importance-ultra-low-carbon-power-source-white-house-#comments Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Storage Sustainability Utilities Environmental Policy Cleantech Nuclear Power Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation carbon mitigation conference nuclear industry Fri, 20 Nov 2015 09:10:50 +0000 RodAdams 2290389 at http://theenergycollective.com Deeply Troubled by FitzPatrick and Pilgrim Announcements. We Need Their Clean Electricity Production to Continue http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2288878/deeply-troubled-fitzpatrick-and-pilgrim-announcements-we-need-their-clean-electrici The most recent gut punches that have put me into a funk were the Entergy announcements that they plan to close the Pilgrim Nuclear Plant on Cape Cod, announced on October 12th, and the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Oswego, NY, announced on November 2nd.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2288878/deeply-troubled-fitzpatrick-and-pilgrim-announcements-we-need-their-clean-electrici" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2288878/deeply-troubled-fitzpatrick-and-pilgrim-announcements-we-need-their-clean-electrici#comments Energy Security Sustainability Utilities Environmental Policy Cleantech Nuclear Power Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation future energy needs nuclear power plants plant closures Fri, 13 Nov 2015 08:38:08 +0000 RodAdams 2288878 at http://theenergycollective.com Maybe It's Time for the Department of Justice to Investigate Restraint of Trade by Nuclear Plant Operators http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2282578/maybe-it-s-time-department-justice-investigate-restraint-trade-nuclear-plant-operat A full fledged member of “the nuclear industry” has determined that it will shut down an operating nuclear electricity generating station in a market where the available capacity is already tightening. Entergy “regretfully” announced that it would stop operating the Pilgrim Nuclear Plant in Plymouth, MA.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2282578/maybe-it-s-time-department-justice-investigate-restraint-trade-nuclear-plant-operat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2282578/maybe-it-s-time-department-justice-investigate-restraint-trade-nuclear-plant-operat#comments Energy Security Tech Storage Sustainability Utilities Climate Nuclear Power Finance Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation nuclear industry plant closure Thu, 22 Oct 2015 05:15:09 +0000 RodAdams 2282578 at http://theenergycollective.com NRC Calls Off Expensive Search for Witches http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2270328/nrc-calls-expensive-search-witches The NRC announced that it would stop funding the National Academy of Sciences’s effort to study whether or not populations that are exposed to radiation doses that are a tiny fraction of average background radiation related to proximity to licensed nuclear energy have an elevated risk of contracting cancer.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2270328/nrc-calls-expensive-search-witches" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2270328/nrc-calls-expensive-search-witches#comments Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Storage Utilities Environmental Policy Rare Earth Minerals Nuclear Power Public Health Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation nuclear regulatory commission (nrc) public health risk radiation Fri, 11 Sep 2015 12:15:36 +0000 RodAdams 2270328 at http://theenergycollective.com Nuclear Facts and Feelings in Pink and Green, by Sunniva Rose http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2267986/nuclear-facts-and-feelings-pink-and-green-sunniva-rose Sunniva Rose is a nuclear engineer working on her PhD at the University of Oslo. She is also a talented public speaker who likes to capture her audience’s attention, partially by choosing colors like pink and green to highlight facts about nuclear energy, deaths per terawatt hour, and growth in human population.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2267986/nuclear-facts-and-feelings-pink-and-green-sunniva-rose" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2267986/nuclear-facts-and-feelings-pink-and-green-sunniva-rose#comments Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Environmental Policy Public Health Environment Finance Renewables Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation nuclear design public debate thorium Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:02:15 +0000 RodAdams 2267986 at http://theenergycollective.com Licensing Advanced Reactors in the United States http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2267400/licensing-advanced-reactors-united-states In the space of a few minutes, Eric Loewen, a past president of the ANS and an engineering leader at GE-Hitachi, was hypothetically elevated through a series of positions including Chairman of the NRC, Secretary of Energy, President of the United States and President of the World.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2267400/licensing-advanced-reactors-united-states" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2267400/licensing-advanced-reactors-united-states#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Environmental Policy Nuclear Power Public Health Environment Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels News Politics & Legislation advanced nuclear licensing nuclear design united states Thu, 03 Sep 2015 10:24:47 +0000 RodAdams 2267400 at http://theenergycollective.com Moving Nuclear Energy Discussions Forward http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2243954/moving-nuclear-energy-discussions-forward Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs recently conducted a morning meeting titled &#039;A Chain Reaction: The Role of Nuclear Energy in New England’s Energy Mix&#039; in Boston. The timing was fortuitous, my wife and I were in Maine, so we decided to make a little detour on the way home so we could attend.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2243954/moving-nuclear-energy-discussions-forward" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2243954/moving-nuclear-energy-discussions-forward#comments Energy Security Tech Storage Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Environmental Policy Rare Earth Minerals Nuclear Power Finance Energy Energy and Economy Fuels nuclear power plants public discourse Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:13:41 +0000 RodAdams 2243954 at http://theenergycollective.com Chevron's John Watson Should Follow Pronuclear Words with Nuclear Energy Investments http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2240091/chevron-s-john-watson-should-follow-pronuclear-words-nuclear-energy-investments During an OPEC meeting in Vienna held in early June of 2015, John Watson, the CEO of Chevron, the second largest oil and gas company in the United States, made a comment that certainly deserves more attention and follow up from journalists.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2240091/chevron-s-john-watson-should-follow-pronuclear-words-nuclear-energy-investments" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2240091/chevron-s-john-watson-should-follow-pronuclear-words-nuclear-energy-investments#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Storage Sustainability Utilities Environmental Policy Nuclear Power Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels chevron energy investment nuclear energy industry Wed, 17 Jun 2015 10:34:25 +0000 RodAdams 2240091 at http://theenergycollective.com Hero Worship of a Corporate Welfare King - Elon Musk http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2234416/hero-worship-corporate-welfare-king-elon-musk Musk has been an enormous beneficiary of government largess and some of his enterprises would close their doors tomorrow if the subsidy spigot that supports them was turned down even a little bit.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2234416/hero-worship-corporate-welfare-king-elon-musk" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2234416/hero-worship-corporate-welfare-king-elon-musk#comments Tech Storage Transportation Elon Musk solar city tesla Tue, 02 Jun 2015 12:00:00 +0000 RodAdams 2234416 at http://theenergycollective.com