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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Nuclear Engineer - Solves Problems - Tee Shirt

http://www.sunfrogshirts.com/Nuclear-Engineer--Solves-Problems.html?14773

Warning: Fracking May Harm Public Health

Warning: Fracking May Harm Public Health


http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/28077-warning-fracking-may-harm-public-health

As U.S. Energy Production Grows, Public Policy Views Show Little Change


As U.S. Energy Production Grows, Public Policy Views Show Little Change

Majority Prioritizes Developing Alternative Energy Sources
http://www.people-press.org/2014/12/18/as-u-s-energy-production-grows-public-policy-views-show-little-change/

U.S. Should Save Nuclear Industry From Fracking Peril: IEA

U.S. Should Save Nuclear Industry From Fracking Peril: IEA


http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2014/12/18/u-s-should-save-nuclear-industry-from-fracking-peril-iea/?partner=yahootix

China Snaps up UK Wind Farms

China Snaps up UK Wind Farms

Chief Executive Officer at Dynatom International GmbH 
China's largest nuclear power producer will buy an 80 percent stake in three British wind farms run by a unit of EDF, the French energy giant said on Monday.

China General Nuclear Corporation (CGN) beat bids from several other generators for the wind farms near York, Newcastle and Peterborough in eastern England, the Financial Times had reported earlier, citing industry experts.

"Following a competitive auction process, EDF Energy Renewables has sold a majority stake in three of its UK onshore wind farms to China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN)," a statement confirming the deal said on Monday.

The Chinese group will pay EDF more than 100 million (126 million euros, $157 million), the FT said, quoting analysts' estimates, adding that the three wind farms generate enough electricity to power almost 40,000 homes.

"This deal is part of our continuing strategy to release capital to allow the development of other renewables projects in the UK," EDF Energy chief executive Vincent de Rivaz said in the statement.

CGN chief executive Wei LU hailed his company's first investment into renewable energy in Britain.

"This is a good beginning of concrete co-operation between CGN and EDF in Europe. And we are proud to supply clean energy to British people," he added in the joint statement.

Source:
http://www.winddaily.com/reports/China_snaps_up_UK_wind_farms_999.html
London (AFP) Dec 15, 2014 - China's largest nuclear power producer will buy an 80 percent stake in three British wind farms run by a unit of EDF, the French energy giant said on Monday.

Commission decision confirms approach to quality assurance for new reactor projects

Commission decision confirms approach to quality assurance for new reactor projects
Blog Energy Industry Watch Blog


http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=94e35849-1f75-4b79-93b7-0f67dbc1f6ca


http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=94e35849-1f75-4b79-93b7-0f67dbc1f6ca

NRC puts Callaway Energy Center license renewal on hold

NRC puts Callaway Energy Center license renewal on hold

Ameren Missouri had expected to hear NRC's decision by end of December


http://www.fultonsun.com/news/2014/dec/17/nrc-puts-callaway-energy-center-license-renewal-ho/

Cutting Carbon Reveals Sharp Differences between rich and poor

http://spark.fortnightly.com/fortnightly/cutting-carbon-reveals-sharp-differences-between-rich-and-poor

Areva develops corrosion-prevention solution for nuclear power plants


Areva develops corrosion-prevention solution for nuclear power plants


http://www.power-eng.com/articles/2014/12/areva-develops-corrosion-prevention-solution-for-nuclear-power-plants.html

Nuclear Energy Renaissance Set to Move Ahead Without U.S.

Nuclear Energy Renaissance Set to Move Ahead Without U.S.


http://www.thirdway.org/report/nuclear-energy-renaissance-set-to-move-ahead-without-us

Fiscal 2015 Appropriations Bill Recognizes Nuclear Energy’s Value


Fiscal 2015 Appropriations Bill Recognizes Nuclear Energy’s Value

  • D&D tax on industry turned back
  • Industry praises support for small and next generation reactors
  • MOX facility continues construction
http://www.nei.org/News-Media/News/News-Archives/Fiscal-2015-Appropriations-Bill-Recognizes-Nuclear

Before we close more nuclear power plants, we need a national conversation


Before we close more nuclear power plants, we need a national conversation

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/11/17/before-close-more-nuclear-power-plants-need-national-conversation/

Third Way: Nuclear Entrepreneurs Need More US Government Support

Third Way: Nuclear Entrepreneurs Need More US Government Support

  • New reactor designers recognize nuclear energy can address climate change
  • U.S. falling behind China in supporting nuclear energy
  • Government needs to expand capability to license non-light water reactors

http://www.nei.org/News-Media/News/News-Archives/Third-Way-Nuclear-Entrepreneurs-Need-More-US-Gover

Ghana Prepares for Nuclear Energy Program

Ghana Prepares for Nuclear Energy Program


http://www.voanews.com/content/ghana-prepares-for-nuclear-energy-program/2563919.html

"China’s Nuclear Modernization and Disarmament"

"China’s Nuclear Modernization and Disarmament"


http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/publication/24861/chinas_nuclear_modernization_and_disarmament.html

Uranium Rallies as Asia Warms to Nuclear Energy


Uranium Rallies as Asia Warms to Nuclear Energy


http://www.wsj.com/articles/uranium-rallies-as-asia-warms-to-nuclear-energy-1418884054

KazAtomProm and China General Nuclear Power Corporation agree to jointly produce nuclear fuel

KazAtomProm and China General Nuclear Power Corporation agree to jointly produce nuclear fuel


http://en.tengrinews.kz/markets/KazAtomProm-and-China-General-Nuclear-Power-Corporation-agree-to-jointly-produce-257988/

China Reportedly Tests New Missile That Could Put ‘Entire U.S. at Risk’

China Reportedly Tests New Missile That Could Put ‘Entire U.S. at Risk’


http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/12/18/china-reportedly-tests-new-missile-that-could-put-entire-u-s-at-risk/

China and India: Nationalism and Nuclear Risk


China and India: Nationalism and Nuclear Risk

http://thediplomat.com/2014/12/china-and-india-nationalism-and-nuclear-risk/

China Building Trio of Large Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carriers Similar To US’ Nimitz, Ford-Class Carriers -- Report

China Building Trio of Large Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carriers Similar To US’ Nimitz, Ford-Class Carriers -- Report


http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/576437/20141218/china-trio-nuclear-aircraft-carriers-u-s.htm#.VJNi5idGxFU

Kim Jong Un looks to complete nuclear legacy left by father

Kim Jong Un looks to complete nuclear legacy left by father


http://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-wp-blm-news-bc-nkorea-kim17-20141217-story.html

South Korean Experts Visit Fukushima Nuclear Plant



South Korean Experts Visit Fukushima Nuclear Plant


http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v7/wn/newsworld.php?id=1094362

Seasons Greetings from Fairewinds: Nuclear Crack Down?




Fairewinds Energy Education
Radiation Knows No Borders


Nuclear Crack Down?

 Did you know that embrittled nuclear reactors could shatter like glass?  Watch Fairewinds Energy Education’s Nuclear Science Guy Arnie Gundersen demonstrate reactor embrittlement and imagine the shattering glass as a shattering nuclear reactor vessel.  What makes embrittlement so dangerous and frightening is that during an emergency when the reactor must be cooled down quickly, the rush of cold water necessary to cool it could create a scenario that looks like the one in our video. You will only see steam escaping in our video, but in an embrittled shattering reactor vessel, that steam would be highly radioactive.
Aging nuclear reactors around the globe are subject to this steel embrittlement that is a measure of how prone the steel reactor vessel is to cracking.  The metamorphous of the strong steel vessel into something as brittle and fragile as glass is due to the constant neutron bombardment from the chain reaction inside the nuclear core.
While several U.S. nuclear reactor vessels are showing early signs of embrittlement, Entergy’s Palisades nuclear plant is the most embrittled plant in the country.  Located in Covert, Michigan, it is one of the oldest reactors in the world and now one of the most dangerous to continue operating due to its embrittled reactor vessel. Palisades owner, Entergy Nuclear Operations Inc. is attempting to take advantage of a 2010 regulatory change that allows embrittled nuclear plants to operate longer by analyzing the problem mathematically, rather than actually testing the material to accurately determine its strength.  In the interest of nuclear safety, the Palisades reactor and all the aging reactors throughout the world should continue to be subjected to actual material testing just as they were originally designed to be.  

China Just Tested A Long-Range Ballistic Missile That Can Carry Multiple Warheads

China Just Tested A Long-Range Ballistic Missile That Can Carry Multiple Warheads


http://www.businessinsider.com/china-just-tested-a-long-range-ballistic-missile-that-can-carry-multiple-warheads-2014-12?nr_email_referer=1&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Business%20Insider%20Select&utm_campaign=BI%20Select%20%28Tuesday%20Thursday%29%202014-12-18&utm_content=BISelect

Saudi Arabia Oil Saudi Arabia Can't Afford To Have Oil Prices This Low For Very Long

More: Saudi Arabia Oil

Saudi Arabia Can't Afford To Have Oil Prices This Low For Very Long


http://www.businessinsider.com/saudi-arabia-breakeven-oil-2014-12?nr_email_referer=1&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Business%20Insider%20Select&utm_campaign=BI%20Select%20%28Tuesday%20Thursday%29%202014-12-18&utm_content=BISelect

Could Russia's economic meltdown lead to loose nukes?


Could Russia's economic meltdown lead to loose nukes?


http://thehill.com/policy/defense/227451-could-russias-economic-meltdown-lead-to-loose-nukes

Indian Navy Considers Leasing Second Russian Nuclear Submarine


Indian Navy Considers Leasing Second Russian Nuclear Submarine

http://www.defenseworld.net/news/11728/Indian_Navy_Considers_Leasing_Second_Russian_Nuclear_Submarine#.VJNbXCdGxFU

Russian President Vladimir Putin says deal on Iran's nuclear programme "very close"

Russian President Vladimir Putin says deal on Iran's nuclear programme "very close"


http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/world-news/russian-president-vladimir-putin-says-deal-on-irans-nuclear-programme-very-close/articleshow/45563217.cms

Russia Continues Nuclear Arms Reductions in ‘Businesslike Way’: US Official

Russia Continues Nuclear Arms Reductions in ‘Businesslike Way’: US Official


http://sputniknews.com/military/20141218/1015962429.html

Belarusian, Russian nuclear industry watchdogs to step up cooperation in 2015

Belarusian, Russian nuclear industry watchdogs to step up cooperation in 2015


http://eng.belta.by/all_news/society/Belarusian-Russian-nuclear-industry-watchdogs-to-step-up-cooperation-in-2015_i_78223.html

Westinghouse and EDF Sign New Long-Term Nuclear Fuel Contract

Westinghouse and EDF Sign New Long-Term Nuclear Fuel Contract


http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20141218005106/en/Westinghouse-EDF-Sign-Long-Term-Nuclear-Fuel-Contract#.VJNajydGxFU

Fukushima Update 12/18/14

Fukushima Update 12/18/14

Earthquake and tsunami debris clean-up has finally begun in Futaba Town… The draft report for Takahama Station restarts deems it allowable… Japan’s first all-MOX nuke is ready for government safety review… Tepco says more than 3,700 Fukushima evacuees have not filed for compensation.

http://www.hiroshimasyndrome.com/fukushima-accident-updates.html

Electric Power Conference April 21-23, 2015



April 21-23, 2015 | Rosemont’s Convention Center | Chicago, IL
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  5. If two or more people from your company will attend ELECTRIC POWER 2015, a group plan is the way to go, providing discounts for a lower per person cost.
Contact Jill Dean at 713-343-1889 or jdean@accessintel.com for discounted rates and to find the best plan for your company.
Won’t be sending a team this year? Secure your spot and submit your registration now.


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South Africa forges ahead with nuclear power stations


http://www.theafricareport.com/Southern-Africa/south-africa-forges-ahead-with-nuclear-power-stations.html

Nuclear power only way out as India will need 1,400 giga watts/hour in the next 25 years

Nuclear power only way out as India will need 1,400 giga watts/hour in the next 25 years


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Nuclear-power-only-way-out-as-India-will-need-1400-giga-watts/hour-in-the-next-25-years/articleshow/45560524.cms

ANS Updaate: Strong Industry Response to EPA Clean Power Plan

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Strong Industry Response to EPA Clean Power Plan

By ansnuclearcafe on Dec 17, 2014 12:57 pm

by Jim Hopf There has been a strong response from ANS, the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI). and many other organizations, pointing out the flawed treatment of nuclear in the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP). And it appears that these … Continue reading
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Back to the Future: Can Nuclear Energy Save the World?


Back to the Future: Can Nuclear Energy Save the World?


http://www.newsweek.com/young-turks-who-are-reviving-nuclear-power-292932

NRC Blog Update: Throwback Thursday – Let There Be Light


Throwback Thursday – Let There Be Light

lightbulbMore than 60 years ago this Saturday, a string of bulbs lit up at Argonne National Laboratory. What was the big deal? The electricity used to power the bulbs was generated by an experimental breeder reactor and was the first electricity produced using the heat of nuclear fission.
Photo from the Department of Energy

Natural Gas Pipelines to Bolster Bi-Directional Capacity in Northeast up to 32%, EIA Data Shows

Natural Gas Pipelines to Bolster Bi-Directional Capacity in Northeast up to 32%, EIA Data Shows

By Brian Heslin | Moore & Van Allen PLLC
OPAL Pipeline To Connect To Baltic Sea
By 2017, natural gas pipelines are projected to convert up to 32% of their pipeline capacity into the Northeast to support the bi-directional flow of natural gas out of the region to the South and West, according to a U.S. Energy Information Administration (“EIA”) December 2, 2014 report. It is well known that the increased production of natural gas in the shale plays of the Northeast have had a marked impact on the energy industry in the U.S. This EIA data shows us in hard numbers how drastic of an impact the shale boom has had on pipelines that historically transported natural gas into the Northeast: six pipelines transported 60% of natural gas into the Northeast in 2013, and 2013 volumes of gas transported into the Northeast on these six pipelines were 21%-84% lower than the volumes of gas they transported into the region just five years earlier. Several of these pipelines initiated the transition to handle bi-directional flows in 2013 and earlier this year.http://breakingenergy.com/2014/12/17/natural-gas-pipelines-to-bolster-bi-directional-capacity-in-northeast-up-to-32-eia-data-shows/?utm_source=Breaking+Energy&utm_campaign=773837895c-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f852427a4b-773837895c-407304281

Cuomo, ‘Bound by Experts,’ Moves to Ban Fracking in New York

Cuomo, ‘Bound by Experts,’ Moves to Ban Fracking in New York

By Pete Danko
Two Year Anniversary Of Hurricane Sandy In New York
In a decision loaded with potential economic and political consequence, the Cuomo administration today ended years of tortured consideration and said New York state would move to ban hydraulic fracturing, the controversial technique that uses pressurized fluids and sand to extract gas and oil from shale rock formations. At an Albany cabinet meeting, Acting Health

Energy Quote of the Day: ‘Short-sighted and Reckless Victory for Health and Climate’

Energy Quote of the Day: ‘Short-sighted and Reckless Victory for Health and Climate’

By Jared Anderson
Environmental Activists Protest Outside Of Obama's Address To The Clinton Global Initiative
Well, that’s actually a hybrid quote from opposite ends of the fracking spectrum that came alive today when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the state would move to ban hydraulic fracturing. “Today Governor Cuomo did the right thing for New Yorkers by listening to experts and issuing a ban on fracking. This victory for

Department of Energy Announces 22 New Projects to Enable Emissions Reductions and Improve Energy Efficiency

Department of Energy Announces 22 New Projects to Enable Emissions Reductions and Improve Energy Efficiency

By U.S. Department of Energy
New EPA Regulation To Cut Emissions From Coal-Fired Plants In US
ARPA-E Invests $60 Million to Detect and Measure Methane Emissions and Develop Local Thermal Management Systems WASHINGTON – The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) today announced $60 million in funding for 22 innovative new projects aimed at detecting and measuring methane emissions and developing localized thermal management systems that reduce the energy needed

Energy News Roundup: Opec Increasingly Irrelevant? Cuba Needs New Friends and Egypt Starts Fracking

Energy News Roundup: Opec Increasingly Irrelevant? Cuba Needs New Friends and Egypt Starts Fracking

By Jared Anderson
Venezuelans Loyal To Former President Hugo Chavez Mark One Year Anniversary Of His Death
  Times are changing and Opec is not what it once was in terms of oil price influence, but it’s too soon to completely dismiss the producer group that collectively controls such a large share of the world’s oil production, reserves, exports and thus supply. In this article, a Saudi diplomat argues his country “gets

What the CROmnibus Means for the Power Sector

What the CROmnibus Means for the Power Sector


http://www.powermag.com/what-the-cromnibus-means-for-the-power-sector/?hq_e=el&hq_m=3000755&hq_l=12&hq_v=30108e0773

Nuclear Power Plant Shuts Down Due to Leak

Nuclear Power Plant Shuts Down Due to Leak


http://www.powermag.com/nuclear-power-plant-shuts-down-due-to-leak/?hq_e=el&hq_m=3000755&hq_l=9&hq_v=30108e0773

Russian Nuclear-Powered Submarine Vladimir Monomakh

Russian Nuclear-Powered Submarine Vladimir Monomakh
St. Petersburg, Russia (XNA) Dec 16, 2014 - The Sevmash Shipyard in the northern Russian port of Severodvinsk has confirmed the delivery of the nuclear submarine Vladimir Monomakh to the Russian Navy Wednesday. The Project 955 vessel completed a full round of testing earlier this year, including a test launch of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) in Kamchatka on Sept. 10. The nuclear submarine will join the Russian N ... morehttp://www.spacewar.com/reports/Russian_Nuclear_Powered_Submarine_Vladimir_Monomakh_999.html

Congress Extends Production Tax Credit for 2014

Congress Extends Production Tax Credit for 2014


http://www.powermag.com/congress-extends-production-tax-credit-for-2014/?hq_e=el&hq_m=3000755&hq_l=5&hq_v=30108e0773

MIT: The future of fusion power

MIT: The future of fusion power


http://www.pennenergy.com/articles/pennenergy/2014/12/nuclear-energy-mit-and-the-future-of-fusion-power.html

PennEnergy's Daily Power Update 12/18

Energy News & Insights

MIT: The future of fusion power

The next two years in MIT’s Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) may see fusion research embark on a landmark period of innovation …more>>
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IEA: Coal demand to reach 9 billion metric tons per year by 2019

As has been the case for more than a decade, the fate of the global coal market will be determined by China, according to the International Energy Agency …more>>
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Thefts raise security concerns at Los Alamos lab

A series of tool thefts from the largest nuclear waste disposal zone at Los Alamos National Laboratory raises concerns about security …more>>
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Workers in collapsed Vietnam tunnel communicating

Workers trapped in a collapse at the Da Dang-Da Chomo hydropower plant under development in central Vietnam located, communicate with rescuers through tube …more>>
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ET Solar builds a 40 MWp solar power plant in Israel

ET Solutions AG has been chosen to provide turnkey EPC service to a 40 MWp PV power plant in Israel along with local partners G-Systems and Elmor …more>>
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Boeing 737 factory to move to renewable energy

The aerospace company and the utility, Puget Sound Energy, said the plan will move the Renton factory near Seattle toward an all-renewable energy mix …more>>
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Abengoa to develop a new power transmission project in Argentina

Abengoa to undertake new power transmission project in Argentina worth more than $27 million …more>>
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Vega Biofuels enters agreement to increase bio-coal production

Vega Biofuels has entered into a five year Agreement that will increase the company's Bio-Coal production capacity. …more>>
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PennEnergy's Daily Petroleum Update 12/18

New York will move to prohibit hydraulic fracturing

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration will move to prevent fracking in New York, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits. …more>>
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EIA: OPEC net oil export revenues expected to fall in 2014 and 2015

EIA estimates that members of OPEC will earn about $700 billion in revenue from net oil exports in 2014. …more>>
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APPEA: Guidelines support existing shale gas regulation

APPEA says Western Australia’s Environmental Protection Authority has demonstrated confidence in the state’s ability to safely regulate the emerging shale and tight gas industry. …more>>
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FMC Technologies awarded subsea systems contract for Chevron

FMC Technologies has received an order from Star Deep Water Petroleum Limited (a Chevron company) to provide subsea equipment for operations in the Agbami field, offshore Nigeria. …more>>
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ANGA comments on New York decision to prohibit hydraulic fracturing

ANGA’s Paul Hartman calls the decision “ill-advised.” …more>>
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Nordic Maritime announces 2D seismic survey contract from MultiClient Geophysical

This survey is expected to commence in December 2014 and will take approximately 60 days to complete. …more>>
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Technip awarded oil and gas terminal project by ONGC in India

The hydrocarbons extracted from VA and S1 deep water offshore fields will be transported to the proposed onshore oil and gas terminal for processing. …more>>
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Halcon Resources to build natural gas facility in Texas

Halcon Resources Corp. is moving from diesel to natural gas, and has commissioned its first natural gas facility. …more>>
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