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Nuclear Power

Nuclear Energy's Low-Carbon Attributes Increase Public Support

October 7, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Nuclear, Carbon, and Public Opinion

Awareness of nuclear energy’s leading role in preventing greenhouse gas emissions in the electric sector solidifies the conviction among an overwhelming majority of Americans that the technology is important to the nation’s energy and environmental future.[read more]

Mexico May Add Two Reactors to Laguna Verde Power Station

September 28, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Mexico Nuclear Energy

Mexico’s Energy Ministry says it may decide within the next 12 months whether to seek permits to build two new full-size nuclear reactors next door to the two that have been in revenue service since 1989 and 1994 respectively. Both units are 800 MW GE BWRs.[read more]

No to Pro-Nuclear at Any Price?

September 22, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Nuclear Cost and Public Opinion

Three leading environmentalists in the UK, who once stunned their green colleagues by embracing nuclear energy as a solution for reducing carbon emissions, have drawn a line in the sand when it comes to excessive costs for new reactors.[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]


Avoiding(?) The Next Fukushima

September 11, 2015 by Robert Hargraves

Nuclear Risk and Planning

The Fukushima disaster is ending. No member of the public was injured by radiation. People are moving back home. Processed, mildly radioactive water is being released into the sea. Japan nuclear power plants are being restarted and world-wide construction resumed.[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]

Why Germany is Dumping Nuclear Power, and Britain Isn't

September 9, 2015 by Sussex Energy Group

Nuclear Power and Policy

Under the current major Energy Transition (Energiewende), Germany is seeking to entirely phase out nuclear power by 2022. Yet the UK has for many years advocated a “nuclear renaissance”, promoting the most ambitious new nuclear construction programme in Western Europe.[read more]

Nuclear Firms see Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel as a Money Making Proposition

September 8, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Nuclear Fuel Storage

For years spent nuclear fuel has been pilloried as a “waste” on the assumption that once it has been used, it is done, once and forever. The only thing left to do is to find someplace safe to dispose of it. That “place” was going to be Yucca Mountain in Nevada.[read more]

Licensing Advanced Reactors in the United States

September 3, 2015 by Rod Adams

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.[read more]


Nuclear Retirements Would Sabotage Clean Power Plan Carbon Reductions

September 1, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins

Nuclear power and the EPA Clean Power Plan

The EPA believes it’s new regulations will cut carbon emissions 32% by 2030. Reaching that goal depends on nuclear continuing to supply one-fifth of U.S. electricity. Retirements of existing reactors could sabotage the Clean Power Plan's emissions goals—and the EPA can't stop it. Here's why...[read more]


Approaches For Addressing and Resolving Advanced Reactor Licensing Challenges

September 1, 2015 by Todd Allen

Reactor License Streamlining

Among the challenges facing today’s innovators is the uncertainty regarding obtaining a license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on a timeline that is both predictable and consistent with commercialization and private investment expectations.[read more]

3 Months to Paris: Why the Inevitable Disappointment in the Paris Round is a Sign of a Maturing GHG Management Landscape

September 1, 2015 by Dan Zilnik

The environmental community is sure to be disappointed by the Paris UN Climate Convention. The headlines after the November/ December 2015 UN Climate Convention in Paris are sure to be identical to the headlines for the last 15 years: “climate activists disappointed," etc.[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]

US Energy Future - Energy Efficiency, Wind, Solar and Nuclear Energy

August 27, 2015 by Willem Post

The U.S. could achieve a 50% reduction of primary energy via energy efficiency measures, and build-outs of wind and solar systems, so that the energy available to provide for the residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation energy requirements remains nearly unchanged.[read more]


Nuclear Innovation: Necessity of Test Beds

August 26, 2015 by Todd Allen

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]