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Seeking Consensus on the Externalized Costs of Energy: Methodology

July 27, 2015 by Schalk Cloete
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Seeking Consensus on External Costs

The next chapter of the Seeking Consensus project will evaluate externalized costs of a variety different energy options. This article details and explains the methodology that will be used in estimating these costs.[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]

U.S. Nuclear Outages are Low During Summer Peak Electricity Demand Season

July 20, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Nuclear Energy and Outages

As the country reaches the summer peak electricity demand season, nearly all United States nuclear generators have returned from refueling outages. Total outages were less than 1.5 gigawatts on July 6, which was the lowest level since late January.[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]

Around the World, Nuclear Can't Compete With Growing Renewables

July 17, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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Nuclear and Competition

Global investment in new nuclear is an order of magnitude less than renewable energy investment. That is just one of the findings of a new independent report on the state of the worldwide nuclear industry that was issued on Thursday. No matter which aspect of the nuclear industry is assessed, the picture isn't pretty.[read more]

Entrepreneurial Startups Tackle Advanced Nuclear Reactor Designs

July 16, 2015 by Dan Yurman
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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]

Top 5 EU Energy: All You Need to Know for the Luxembourg EU Presidency [VIDEO]

July 9, 2015 by David Thual

EU Presidency Implications

In this special briefing for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, leading energy journalist Hughes Belin picks out the top 5 energy issues that will be discussed by the European institutions under the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union.[read more]

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Energy Community Offers Targeted Recommendations on Nuclear Innovation

July 8, 2015 by Todd Allen
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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]

The Dog that Did Not Bark: A Nuclear Power Story

July 6, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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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]

Reliability Means Being Connected: We Need a Strong Integrated Electricity System with Nuclear Generation

July 3, 2015 by Milton Caplan
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Nuclear and Energy Reliability

Our economy is completely dependent upon the availability of reliable, clean and economic electricity. So while we may dream of not needing the grid as we each generate our own electricity, what we really need is a strong, interconnected grid made up of reliable economic nuclear power as its work horse.[read more]

Moving Nuclear Energy Discussions Forward

June 30, 2015 by Rod Adams
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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]

A New Look for Nuclear Power

June 26, 2015 by Energy @ MIT
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Nuclear Design Innovation

A novel nuclear power plant that will float eight or more miles out to sea promises to be safer, cheaper, and easier to deploy than today’s land-based plants. In a concept developed by MIT researchers, the floating plant combines two well-established technologies — a nuclear reactor and a deep-sea oil platform.[read more]

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How Much Land Does Solar, Wind and Nuclear Energy Require?

June 24, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Land use impacts of solar wind and nuclear energy.

Does wind and solar take up too much land to be practical? Does the extreme energy density of nuclear fuel make it the ecologically ideal energy source? In this post, I run the numbers on the land use impact of wind, solar, nuclear and other energy sources.[read more]

Investors Funnel $1.3 Billion Into the Advanced Nuclear Industry

June 18, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Advanced Nuclear Funding

If the venture capital hysteria around solar manufacturing were judged by the billions of dollars invested, it could be called a great success. But the long (and still growing) list of failed solar companies proves that a rush of investment doesn't tell the full story.[read more]

Chevron's John Watson Should Follow Pronuclear Words with Nuclear Energy Investments

June 17, 2015 by Rod Adams

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.[read more]