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Nuclear Power


Canada Makes Power Moves to Decarbonize its Grid

November 24, 2015 by Jarret Adams

Canada and Updating the Grid

The government of Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, announced November 23 it had banned coal-fired power generation “a first in North America and a significant step in the fight against climate change,” according to a press release.[read more]

Nuking Clean Energy: How Nuclear Power Makes Wind and Solar Harder

November 20, 2015 by Ivy Main

Nuclear and Renewables

Dominion CEO Tom Farrell is bullish on nuclear energy as a clean solution in a carbon-constrained economy, but he’s got it wrong. Nuclear is a barrier to a clean-energy future, not a piece of it. That’s only partly because new nuclear is so expensive that there’s little room left in a utility budget to build wind and solar.[read more]

John Holdren on Nuclear Energy's Importance as Ultra-Low Carbon Power Source: White House Summit on Nuclear Energy

November 20, 2015 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Energy and Carbon Reduction

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.[read more]

Jacopo Buongiorno: Bringing Outside Knowledge to the Nuclear Industry

November 20, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Nuclear Industry Knowledge

Here’s a paradox facing today’s nuclear power industry: On one hand, an exciting range of new fission and fusion reactor technologies has spawned a number of startups. But market dynamics have conspired against the uptake of enabling technologies developed in other fields that could bring new options to nuclear.[read more]


India Must Ramp Up Nuclear to Meet Climate and Energy Goals

November 16, 2015 by Jarret Adams

With one-fifth of its 1.3 billion citizens without electricity and a rapidly growing economy, India must build a staggering amount of new power generation if it hopes to keep up with rising demand. But keeping control of its emissions means that it must maximize its use of low-carbon energy sources.[read more]

Deeply Troubled by FitzPatrick and Pilgrim Announcements. We Need Their Clean Electricity Production to Continue

November 13, 2015 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Plant Closures

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.[read more]

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]

Despite Recent Closures, U.S. Nuclear Capacity is Scheduled to Increase by 2020

November 9, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

U.S. Nuclear Capacity

Despite the scheduled closure of more than 2,000 megawatts (MW) of nuclear generating capacity by 2019, scheduled additions of more than 5,000 MW of capacity between 2016 and 2020 could result in a net increase in total U.S. nuclear capacity.[read more]

Nuclear Power Economics Requires Believing In 'Impossible Things'

November 6, 2015 by Dennis Wamsted

It is increasingly clear that the economics of nuclear power don’t add up. Just in the past two and a half years, for example, seven plants at six sites have been shut down due to uneconomic performance or massive equipment repair costs—and other plants are on the chopping block.[read more]

Aditi Verma: A Multidisciplinary Take on Nuclear Policy

November 5, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Nuclear Policy Innovation

Aditi Verma’s first encounter with nuclear policy was nearly her last. She represented Germany at a high school version of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and was frustrated by the debate on her group’s topic, nuclear waste. “Without a science and engineering background, we couldn’t negotiate.”[read more]

EU Energy Briefing: All You Need to Know for October and November 2015 [VIDEO]

October 28, 2015 by David Thual

EU Energy News

In this latest Brussels Briefing on Energy, we provide an overview of the latest European Union energy policy developments, including State of the Energy Union, €300 million grant agreement on a gas pipeline between Poland and Lithuania, and the new illustrative nuclear programme (PINC).[read more]

Maybe It's Time for the Department of Justice to Investigate Restraint of Trade by Nuclear Plant Operators

October 22, 2015 by Rod Adams

Plant Closures and the Nuclear Industry

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.[read more]


How to Promote Nuclear Power

October 19, 2015 by Robert Hargraves

Promoting Nuclear Energy

Nuclear power is important to the future of the world. It is the only economically practical way to power the economies of the developing world without sickening millions of people with combustion products and emitting CO2. So I’m taken aback by the weakness of short-sighted messages from the US nuclear industry.[read more]

The Energy Gang: Are Obama’s Climate Goals Doomed Without Nuclear? [PODCAST]

October 16, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

When Obama released his carbon rule this summer, it was hailed as a "historic step" to cutting carbon pollution. But is it really? Lots of supporters and analysts think the targets are too weak. Many now worry that the government created a rule so fragile that it could break with any change in the energy mix.[read more]

North Anna 3 Would Raise Rates for Dominion Virginia Power Customers by 25%

October 16, 2015 by Ivy Main

Dominion Virginia and Energy Rates

Dominion Virginia Power’s latest Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) includes construction of a third nuclear reactor at North Anna, just as previous IRPs have done every year since 2008. What’s new this year is that we finally have a price tag.[read more]

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