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Friday, September 19, 2014

Energy Dept. faces major hurdles to reopen New Mexico nuclear dump


Energy Dept. faces major hurdles to reopen New Mexico nuclear dump


http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-nuclear-waste-dump-20140919-story.html

Can SA afford to go nuclear?

 

Can SA afford to go nuclear?


http://mg.co.za/article/2014-09-18-can-sa-afford-to-go-nuclear/

Hinkley Point nuclear plant ‘to get EU state aid approval’


Hinkley Point nuclear plant ‘to get EU state aid approval’


http://energyandnuclear.com/2014/09/19/hinkley-point-nuclear-plant-to-get-eu-state-aid-approval/

US jobs and energy security aren't laughing matters, Sen. Reid

 

US jobs and energy security aren't laughing matters, Sen. Reid


http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/energy-environment/218286-sen-reid-american-jobs-and-energy-security-are-no

Energy investment boom drives economic recovery

 

Energy investment boom drives economic recovery


http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/energy-environment/217919-energy-investment-boom-drives-economic-recovery

Russia makes fast neutron reactor progress


Russia makes fast neutron reactor progress

19 September 2014
Russia has announced two new milestones in its ‘Proryv’, or Breakthrough, project to enable a closed nuclear fuel cycle. The ultimate aim is to eliminate production of radioactive waste from nuclear power generation.

http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/NN-Russia-makes-fast-neutron-reactor-progress-1909201401.html

A $22 Billion Mega-Project For An Unexpected Energy Power


A $22 Billion Mega-Project For An Unexpected Energy Power


http://oilprice.com/Finance/investing-and-trading-reports/A-22-Billion-Mega-Project-For-An-Unexpected-Energy-Power.html

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Weekly Review

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Weekly Review



http://nuclearstreet.com/nuclear_power_industry_news/b/nuclear_power_news/archive/2014/09/19/fukushima-daiichi-nuclear-plant-weekly-review-091902.aspx#.VByLcxm5I7A

VVER approved for Hanhikivi project


VVER approved for Hanhikivi project

18 September 2014
Finland's government has approved an amendment to Fennovoima's decision in principle for its Hanhikivi plant, paving the way for the company to apply to build a Russian-designed reactor there. However, a decision on extending TVO's decision in principle has been deferred.

http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/NN-VVER-approved-for-Hanhikivi-project-1809144.html

NRC, Army COE to seek comments on draft EIS for PSEG early site permit

http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/news/2014/14-035.i.pdf

Energy storage global market to grow to $15.6bn by 2024

 

Energy storage global market to grow to $15.6bn by 2024


http://www.power-eng.com/articles/2014/09/energy-storage-global-market-to-grow-to-156bn-by-2024.html

Nuclear Fills in Big Blind Spot as the U.N. Gathers


Nuclear Fills in Big Blind Spot as the U.N. Gathers


http://nuclearstreet.com/pro_nuclear_power_blogs/b/nuclear_energy_institute/archive/2014/09/19/nuclear-fills-in-big-blind-spot-as-the-u-n-gathers.aspx

Fusion isotope breeders can work with thorium molten salt reactors for nonproliferation



http://nextbigfuture.com/2014/09/fusion-isotope-breeders-can-work-with.html

Confronting Fukushima's Anxieties: the Repercussions of Thyroid Cancer Screening No1

Confronting Fukushima's Anxieties: the Repercussions of Thyroid Cancer Screening No1


1. Activities as a community mediator

This report details a community symposium that convened on August 4, 2014 at the Ryozen Satoyama School in the Ryozen-machi district of Date City in Fukushima Prefecture.
In my role as a community mediator over a two-year period starting in March 2012, I teamed up with municipal health workers in Date City, Fukushima, to give around 200 radiation-related health lectures and 100 radiation counseling sessions that included visits to local residents in their homes. These activities stressed dialogue with local citizens, placed value on their thoughts and feelings, and on that basis sought to harness local resources and outside sources of support and find solutions to the array of challenges then facing their community. To better highlight the salient features of this approach, I refer to myself as a “community mediator.”


http://www.gepr.org/en/contents/20140825-01/

Nuclear energy must be part of climate change strategy


Nuclear energy must be part of climate change strategy



http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2014/09/18/nuclear-energy-must-part-climate-change-strategy/T6l5a7O6GJQPhB4O193bDJ/story.html

China joins nations eyeing India's civil nuclear sector


China joins nations eyeing India's civil nuclear sector


http://tribune.com.pk/story/764008/china-joins-nations-eyeing-indias-civil-nuclear-sector/

New report estimate the global nuclear power plant and equipment market value


New report estimate the global nuclear power plant and equipment market value


http://www.whatech.com/market-research-reports/press-release/industrial/30185-global-nuclear-power-plant-and-equipment-market-by-reactor-type-equipment-typeforecast-to-2019

Nuclear power: Please pass the salt


Nuclear power: Please pass the salt


MISSISSAUGA — The nuclear industry isn’t flashy; otherwise it might have dreamed up a catchier name than Integral Molten Salt Reactor for what’s being touted as the next big thing.


http://www.mississauga.com/news-story/4866593-nuclear-power-please-pass-the-salt/

Bidding moves ahead for first DOE waste contract


Bidding moves ahead for first DOE waste contract

http://www.postregister.com/articles/news-todays-headlines/2014/09/13/bidding-moves-ahead-first-doe-waste-contract

HTGR fuel production equipment in place

HTGR fuel production equipment in place
The installation of equipment has been completed at a pilot production line in Baotou in Inner Mongolia for fuel elements for China's Shidaowan HTR-PM, a high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) demonstration project. http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/ENF-HTGR-fuel-production-equipment-in-place-1909144.html

Russia makes fast neutron reactor progress

Russia makes fast neutron reactor progress
Russia has announced two new milestones in its ‘Proryv’, or Breakthrough, project to enable a closed nuclear fuel cycle. The ultimate aim is to eliminate production of radioactive waste from nuclear power generation. http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/NN-Russia-makes-fast-neutron-reactor-progress-1909201401.html

Good Regional Vibrations from a Nuclear Deal with Iran




Good Regional Vibrations from a Nuclear Deal with Iran

09/18/14
Paul R. Pillar
Iran Iraq terrorism, Middle East
The negotiations between Iran and the consortium known as the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany) about the future of Iran's nuclear program are inching back into the news after being largely obscured by other diplomatic tasks and events over the past couple of months. The two sides will be fully engaged in the talks during the remainder of this month, in anticipation of a late-November target date for completing a deal. We are hearing again technical and numerical details about centrifuges and capacity for enriching uranium that represent much of what evidently needs to be resolved for a final agreement. But the significance of an agreement, and thus what is at stake in whether or not one is reached, go far beyond the nuclear minutiae. They extend to the capacity of the United States to address fully and effectively many problems in the Middle East and South Asia.
This week The Iran Project, a group led by former U.S. ambassadors and dedicated to supporting U.S. interests through diplomacy on matters that involve Iran, released a report on likely regional implications of a nuclear deal with Iran. (I am involved with The Iran Project and participated in preparation of the report.) The report has some thirty signatories and endorsers, including former national security advisers and other former senior officials. A premise of the report is that a successful nuclear agreement, by resolving the issue that has so heavily dominated for years the U.S.-Iranian relationship in particular, is likely to have other repercussions in the Middle East. This is partly because it would open up opportunities in the U.S.-Iranian relationship itself to address other problems of mutual concern. It is also because, given the importance of the United States to many states in the region, there are apt to be secondary effects involving the relations of those states with Iran.
Read full articlehttp://nationalinterest.org/blog/paul-pillar/good-regional-vibrations-nuclear-deal-iran-11315
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US Court Decision a Loss for Wind, But Boon for Storage?


US Court Decision a Loss for Wind, But Boon for Storage?

The wind industry lost — and energy storage may have inadvertently won — when a circuit court recently ruled that the unpredictability of wind deems it unfit for certain favorable pricing.


http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014/09/court-decision-a-loss-for-wind-but-boon-for-storage?cmpid=WNL-Friday-September19-2014

Utility Dive Top Stories 9/19


 
 
How local communities are taking over their power supply
 
California's Sonoma Clean Power provides cleaner and cheaper power than the incumbent utility. 
 
 
CFTC exempts munis from swap rules
 
The changes are designed to make it easier for municipal utilities to hedge energy costs and risk.
 
 
Ohio solar market struggling in wake of renewables mandate freeze
 
The solar renewable energy credit market is crashing and renewables builders are working in other states.
 
 
Report: FERC Order 745 ruling to cut demand response growth rate almost in half
 
The market had been poised to grow at about 8% annually; it's now projected at 4.9%. 
 
 
Ohio regulators approve sale of DP&L's East Bend coal plant stake
 
Duke, looking to hedge its Miami Fort plant’s closure in Ohio, still needs Kentucky regulators’ OK.
 
 
ISO: Planned retirements weaken New York reliability
 
The New York-ISO has issued its 2014 Reliability Needs Assessment.
 
 
SolarCity's new east-west solar configuration to boost production by 20-50%
 
The new orientation will boost peak demand period output from more and cheaper modules.
 
 
 
Vivint Solar, No. 2 US Solar Installer, Sets IPO Terms to Raise $370M
 
 
Solar Power Making Big Competitive Gains, New Studies Show
 
 
Germany Sets New Renewable Record
 
 
ACCCE to EPA: Forget the extension, throw out the proposal
 
 
NYISO report highlights New York's DER potential
 
 
Areva unit signs nuclear fuel development contract with DOE
 
 
ecobee Unveils New Smart Thermostat And Wireless Remote Sensors
 
 
California Governor Signs Historic Groundwater Legislation
 
 
Utilities: More evidence that smart grids are morphing into smart cities
 
 
Energy storage: Is the time finally right for grid-integrated water heaters?
 

Fukushima Commentary 9/19/14

Fukushima Commentary 9/19/14

Fukushima Evacuees Prosper while Tsunami Refugees Languish

The tsunami victims are woefully under-compensated and most want to return home, but can’t. Meanwhile, most of the Fukushima evacuees who can return home choose to stay away and prosper from the government-mandated handouts. http://www.hiroshimasyndrome.com/fukushima-commentary.html

Social Physics, book review: Innovation, interaction and data-driven governance


Social Physics, book review: Innovation, interaction and data-driven governance

Summary: MIT professor Alex Pentland outlines his theories on how good ideas arise and spread, and how sensors and big data analysis can deliver better social outcomes.

http://www.zdnet.com/social-physics-book-review-innovation-interaction-and-data-driven-governance-7000033775/?s_cid=e539&ttag=e539&ftag=TRE17cfd61

China reclaims top spot for renewable energy investment attractiveness


China reclaims top spot for renewable energy investment attractiveness


http://www.fierceenergy.com/story/china-reclaims-top-spot-renewable-energy-investment-attractiveness/2014-09-19?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal

Sustaining NY's nuclear fleet


Sustaining NY's nuclear fleet

Existing New York nuclear plants bring many benefits to the state in the form of reliable, carbon-free energy as well as jobs and economic growth. This is according to a panel of bipartisan stakeholders speaking at a recent Nuclear Matters event who support the continued operation of New York's existing nuclear energy plants.
Click on image to enlarge. Credit: Nuclear Matters
The panel consisted of Nuclear Matters' leadership, including former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Carol M. Browner and former Senators Evan Bayh (D-IN) and Judd Gregg (R-NH).

http://www.fierceenergy.com/story/sustaining-nys-nuclear-fleet/2014-09-19?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal

Construction delays key to shrinking nuclear global power production

 

Construction delays key to shrinking nuclear global power production


http://www.fierceenergy.com/story/construction-delays-key-shrinking-nuclear-global-power-production/2014-09-19?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal

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Electricity Rates Decrease, Thanks to Vermont Yankee: Harold Bailey Guest Post


Electricity Rates Decrease, Thanks to Vermont Yankee: Harold Bailey Guest Post



The Electricity Rate Decrease Shows the Ongoing Value of Vermont Yankee
Guest post by Harold L. Bailey
http://yesvy.blogspot.com/2014/09/electricity-rates-decrease-thanks-to.html#.VBxRzBm5I7A

Design issues resolved for China AP1000s

Design issues resolved for China AP1000s


First of a kind engineering issues related to the reactor coolant pumps and squib valves for the Chinese AP1000 have been resolved, according to Westinghouse president and CEO, Danny Roderick.
Roderick said that there has been 'significant' progress on the reactor coolant pumps.
Solutions are being manufactured now that will support the current Sanmen 1 schedule for start up in December 2015, Roderick said. The design solutions were reviewed by the Chinese government and the nuclear regulator.
The pumps are expected to be swapped into the Chinese AP1000s over the next three to six months, according to Roderick.


http://www.neimagazine.com/news/newsdesign-issues-resolved-for-china-ap1000s-4378966

SRS waste facility cost jumps $1 billion


SRS waste facility cost jumps $1 billion

facility key to liquid waste cleanup at the Savannah River Site will cost nearly $1 billion more to start up than the original estimate projected in 2009.

The Salt Waste Processing Facility, or SWPF, is a first-of-a-kind radioactive-waste-treatment facility that is critical for the disposition of salt waste, which makes up the bulk of the 37 million gallons of radioactive Cold War nuclear waste in underground tanks at SRS.
http://www.aikenstandard.com/article/20140919/AIK0101/140919435/1002/AIK01/srs-waste-facility-cost-jumps-1-billion

PG&E, NRC accused of collaborating to defend Diablo Canyon's safety

PG&E, NRC accused of collaborating to defend Diablo Canyon's safety 

http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2014/09/18/3252117_pge-emails-may-have-violated-rules.html?rh=1

Sens. Levin and Stabenow co-sponsor resolution opposing nuclear waste repository


Sens. Levin and Stabenow co-sponsor resolution opposing nuclear waste repository


http://abc10up.com/sens-levin-and-stabenow-co-sponsor-resolution-opposing-nuclear-waste-repository/

PennEnergy's Top Power Headlines 9/19

Top Power Headlines

Floating power generation holds promise for post-Fukushima Japan

As a post-Fukushima Japan mulls a proposed 700 MW floating gas power plant the nation is moving ahead with utility-scale floating renewable energy projects …more>>
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Vermont Yankee nuclear plant begins gradual power down

The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant has begun its gradual coast-down of generation as it approaches its December closure date …more>>
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Top Power News

Fight erupts over New England natural gas plan

MIT: Future of energy storage

Hedging Carbon

North America's largest fully biomass power plant opens

Duke Energy commits $500MM to N.C. solar expansion

Rwanda awards 50 MW methane gas to electricity project to Symbion

Vermont's largest city reaches renewable energy milestone

Broader Horizons for Data Services

EIA: US Geothermal power to quadruple by 2040

Consumers Energy reaches settlement on power plant emissions

Cape Wind offshore project to be built in New Bedford

APS planning changes for coal fueled Cholla Power Plant

EPA grants extension on power plant emissions plan

Balancing South Africa's Energy Poverty, Climate Change Commitments

NRC launches Special Inspection at Millstone 3 nuclear plant

PennEnergy's Top Oil & Gas News 9/19

This Week's Most Popular Oil & Gas News

China's CNOOC to open 33 oil and gas blocks for bidding

Keystone XL operator seeks South Dakota approval

Planet Gas and Senex drill new oil wells in South Australia

U.S. natural gas production rising

Report: More needed to improve oil train safety

Natural gas leak halted, Michigan evacuation ends

EIA: Despite decline in some regions, world oil consumption still seen rising

Norway oil output declines in August

Hearing scheduled to discuss ND pipeline proposal

Aker Wayfarer wins five-year contract from Petrobras

Natural gas company seeks federal OK for pipeline

Offshore oil and gas: Technip further optimizes subsea assets

GE presents industrial internet solutions for the oil and gas industry

Power Engineering Top Stories 9/19

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GE to supply gas technology to Michigan power plant
Michigan South Central Power Agency (MSCPA) has awarded a contract to GE’s Distributed Power business (NYSE: GE) for its low-emissions reciprocating engine technology to replace outdated diesel units. GE’s natural gas-fueled engines will be supplied by Inland Power Group (IPG) for the Coldwater Board of Public Utilities (CBPU) to produce 13-MW of power generation.
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NYISO report highlights New York’s DER potential
New York state, one of the nation’s largest producers of distributed power, could add more than 2,000 MW of distributed energy resources (DER) by 2020, a new report from the New York Independent System Operator shows.
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EPA grants extension on power plant pollution plan
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday gave the public 45 more days to weigh in on a plan that would for the first time curb the pollution blamed for global warming from the nation's coal-fired power plants. The agency said it was still aiming to finalize the rules by next summer.
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Vermont Yankee nuclear plant begins reducing power to final shutdown
VERNON, Vermont (AP) — The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant has begun a gradual reduction of the electricity that it generates that will end with the plant shutting down in December.
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Duke Energy signs $500mn commitment for N.C. solar power
Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) signed a $500 million commitment to expand solar power in North Carolina.
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Arizona Public Service (APS) said it would close a coal-fired unit and shut down two others by mid-2020 as part of a compromise with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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N.J. law that subsidizes new power plant development is invalid
A panel for a federal appeals court unanimously ruled that a New Jersey law meant to push new power plant builds is invalid.
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Top 5 U.S. Coal Plant Heat Rates
Peabody Energy recently ranked the top 5 cleanest burning coal-fired power plants in the U.S. under three categories: SO2 emissions, NOx emissions and best heat rate.
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Henry Hub Average Natural Gas Spot Prices
The Henry Hub is the pricing point for natural gas futures contracts. Here's a look at how prices have changed up to September 10, 2014.
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Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas' Economic Indicators
The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas offers a glimpse into how the markets are doing domestically and internationally.
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