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Nuclear Innovation: Necessity of Test Beds

August 26, 2015 by Todd Allen
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Nuclear Innovation and Necessity

This is the first of four planned articles that will outline the recommendations from the Idaho National Laboratory led Nuclear Innovation Workshops, which cover the pressing need for designated test beds in order to advance nuclear innovation.[read more]

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Will the Iranian Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty become a Threat to U.S. Energy Security?

August 21, 2015 by John Miller
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Iran Nuclear Deal and U.S. Energy Security

The Obama Administration negotiated changes to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty that is supposed to curtail Iran’s possible nuclear weapons development for 10-15 years. While the pros and cons of this treaty are being strongly debated in Congress, the risks to U.S. energy security are apparently not a priority concern.[read more]

GAO Report Details Challenges Ahead for Advanced Nuclear Reactors

August 19, 2015 by Dan Yurman
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Report on Advanced Nuclear

The United States General Accounting Office has published a significant report, which is both informative and readable, about the prospects for advanced reactors being developed for commercial customers in the U.S. The outlook is not especially hopeful.[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]

The Return of Iran's Oil

August 13, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles
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Iran, Nuclear, and Oil

 

The signing of a nuclear agreement with Iran represents more than a geopolitical milestone. In the context of today's lower oil prices it puts additional pressure on near-term prices, but perhaps more importantly creates the potential for significant shifts within the oil industry.[read more]

Nuclear Accord Creates Potential for Additional Crude Oil Production from Iran

August 13, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Iran Nuclear Energy and Oil Production

On July 14, the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany) and Iran announced an agreement that could result in relief from United States and European Union nuclear-related sanctions (which include some oil-related sanctions).[read more]

Japan Restarts First Nuclear Reactor Under New Safety Rules

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

A Small, Modular, Efficient Fusion Plant

August 10, 2015 by Energy @ MIT
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A New Fusion Plant

It’s a joke that fusion scientists have grown tired of hearing: Practical nuclear fusion power plants are just 30 years away — and always will be. But now, finally, the joke may no longer be true: Advances in magnet tech have enabled researchers to propose a new design for a compact tokamak fusion reactor.[read more]

Clearing the Air

August 6, 2015 by Alex Trembath
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Analyzing the Clean Power Plan

The final rule of the Clean Power Plan projects to reduce US power sector carbon emissions by 32% by 2030. That's awesome. But by allowing existing nuclear capacity to close and be replaced by fossil fuels, the CPP jeopardizes almost one-half of EPA's emissions reduction goals from 2013 to 2030.[read more]

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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]