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Marin Katusa's Transformative Vision of a Post-Fission/Denison Merger Uranium World

November 12, 2015 by Jim Patrick

Energy Mergers and Risks

Investors have spoken, and they said they don't want a merger of Fission Uranium and Denison Mines. In this interview, Marin Katusa, founder of Katusa Research, shares his insight on why Fission investors rejected the deal and where he is finding value in the uranium and oil sector today.[read more]

The Chicken & Egg Conundrum of Forging a Future for Advanced Nuclear Reactors

September 14, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Nuclear and Paying for Market Entry

The latest study about the prospects for alternatives to building large light water reactors is a study by the RAND Corp. The study is a readable ramble through the brambles and thickets of the economic, technological, and especially the regulatory landscape of bringing an advanced nuclear reactors design to market.[read more]

NRC Calls Off Expensive Search for Witches

September 11, 2015 by Rod Adams

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.[read more]

Optimism is the Way Forward: Nuclear Power Delivers

August 31, 2015 by Milton Caplan

Nuclear Power Potential

We had an important piece of good news this month as Sendai Unit 1 was restarted in Japan, ending a long period of no nuclear generation in that country after the Fukushima accident in 2011. Sendai Unit 2 is following close behind and Japan will continue to restart many of its nuclear 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]

Japan Restarts First Nuclear Reactor Under New Safety Rules

August 12, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Japan and Nuclear Energy

On August 11th, Kyushu Electric Power Company's 846 megawatt (MW) Sendai Nuclear Power Station Unit 1 became the first reactor to be restarted after nearly two years with no generation from any of the nuclear power plants in the entirety of Japan.[read more]

China Will Soon Surpass South Korea, Russia, and Japan in Nuclear Generating Capacity

July 23, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

China and Nuclear Growth

Nuclear power currently makes up slightly more than 2% of China's total power generation. However, China has a stated goal to provide at least 15% of overall energy consumption by 2020 (increasing to 20% by 2030) from non-fossil fuel sources, including nuclear, hydroelectricity and other renewable sources.[read more]

Department of Energy Sharpens the Budget Axe for South Carolina MOX Plant

July 20, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Nuclear Power and the DoE

As part of a unique nonproliferation agreement with Russia, the US is building a mixed oxide fuel production plant in South Carolina to downblend 34 tonnes of weapons grade plutonium with uranium oxide (U308) to make it into mixed oxide fuel (MOX). The Russians are disposing of a similar tonnage of plutonium.[read more]

Entrepreneurial Startups Tackle Advanced Nuclear Reactor Designs

July 16, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Nuclear Designs

Almost three dozen firms representing $1.3 billion of investor money are pursuing technological innovations in the field of nuclear energy. A June 2015 report by the Third Way, a Washington, DC, think tank, details the mix of firms includes small startups and big-name investors like Bill Gates.[read more]


Energy Community Offers Targeted Recommendations on Nuclear Innovation

July 8, 2015 by Todd Allen

Nuclear and the Energy Community

As global action builds in response to the dual challenges of growing energy demand and climate change, nuclear energy is increasingly in the spotlight. Nuclear has an important role to play in the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, checking many of the boxes that align with our shifting priorities.[read more]

Demand for Small Modular Reactors may be Impacted by Supreme Court Ruling on EPA Coal Plant Emissions

July 6, 2015 by Dan Yurman

SMRs and Supreme Court Rulings

The US Supreme Court recently threw out EPA’s coal emissions regulations that if implemented would have forced many utilities to close older coal-fired plants. The new emissions controls are aimed at mercury and other toxic pollutants which are not removed from stack emissions by current air pollution controls.[read more]

The Dog that Did Not Bark: A Nuclear Power Story

July 6, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Nuclear Energy Policy

A memorable Sherlock Holmes story involves "the curious incident of the dog" that did not bark when expected, and a much more contemporary California version involves calm in the aftermath of a sudden 2013 retirement for two giant nuclear power plants.[read more]

Moving Nuclear Energy Discussions Forward

June 30, 2015 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Energy Discussion

Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs recently conducted a morning meeting titled 'A Chain Reaction: The Role of Nuclear Energy in New England’s Energy Mix' 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.[read more]

Rare Earths Not So Rare?

June 29, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles

Rare earths are elements of low abundance, compared to the ores of metals like iron and copper. Five years ago it appeared that China had cornered the market on rare earths and was exercising its market power to, among other aims, lure businesses reliant on these minerals to shift their operations to China.[read more]

Chinese Firms Combine Forces to Fuel Export Sales

June 3, 2015 by Dan Yurman

China Power Investment Corp. and the State Nuclear Power Technology Corp announced a merger this week. The working assumption is the multi-billion firm that emerges from the merger may operate more like a sovereign wealth fund in terms of financing nuclear reactor deals than building them.[read more]

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