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Friday, October 31, 2014

OPEC Chief Warns Against Oil Price Panic

OPEC Chief Warns Against Oil Price Panic


http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/OPEC-Chief-Warns-Against-Oil-Price-Panic.html

Enhanced nuclear safety?


Enhanced nuclear safety?

31 October 2014
Does the EU nuclear safety directive risk fragmenting international standards, asks Ana Stanič.
Seeking to strengthen nuclear safety standards in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi accident, in July this year the European Union amended the nuclear safety directive adopted in 2009.

http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/E-Enhanced-nuclear-safety-31101401.html

IAEA Experts to Visit Japan to Present Results of Fukushima Seawater Analysis Comparison, Take New Samples

Media Advisory 2014/18


IAEA Experts to Visit Japan to Present Results of Fukushima Seawater Analysis Comparison, Take New Samples


31 October 2014 | Two IAEA marine experts will visit Japan from 4 to 7 November 2014 to report on a comparison of sea water analysis between Japanese and IAEA laboratories, as well as results from a proficiency test of 30 laboratories, including 12 from Japan. The experts also will take new samples in the coastal waters near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
The experts, David Osborn, Director of the IAEA Environment Laboratories in Monaco, and Iolanda Osvath, Head of the IAEA Radiometrics Laboratory, will take part in a news briefing at the foreign press centre in Tokyo.
The inter-laboratory comparison and the proficiency test aim to foster greater transparency and confidence in the marine monitoring results produced, and to present those results to the public in a scientifically correct and understandable way. This work is in line with advisory points on marine monitoring included in a report by the IAEA International Peer Review Mission on Mid- and Long-Term Roadmap Towards the Decommissioning of TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Units 1-4, which in late 2013 reviewed Japan's efforts to plan and implement the decommissioning of the plant.
The IAEA conducts similar exercises for analytical laboratories worldwide to help improve analytical capabilities.
The foreign press centre in Tokyo will organize a news briefing at 15.00 on 4 November 2014. To participate in the news briefing, journalists should contact the foreign press centre. In addition, Japan's Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) will organize photo and interview opportunities on 5 November 2014 at Hisanohama port, from where the boat will leave for sea water sampling near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. To participate in these events, journalists should call NRA at telephone number [81-3] 5114-2105 for registration and details of the arrangements.

Russians muscle all others aside in nuclear bid

Russians muscle all others aside in nuclear bid


http://mg.co.za/article/2014-10-30-russians-muscle-all-others-aside-in-nuclear-bid/

Nuclear option


Nuclear option

Technology | Revolutionary fusion power moves closer to reality

http://www.worldmag.com/2014/10/nuclear_option

China will become a nuclear triad power this year



http://nextbigfuture.com/2014/10/china-will-become-nuclear-triad-power.html

NRC Team Ready to Get to Work at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant

NRC Team Ready to Get to Work at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant

Neil Sheehan
Public Affairs Officer
Region I
 
When the Pilgrim nuclear power plant got a second “white” performance indicator in the same area of performance in 2014 it meant we would ratchet up our level of scrutiny until the underlying issues were resolved.
pilgrimStarting Monday, that scrutiny will take the form of a team inspection at the Plymouth, Mass., facility. Eight NRC inspectors will begin performing evaluations in several key areas.
For one, they will review the evaluation done by Entergy, the plant’s owner and operator, looking at why the problems that triggered the indicator changes occurred. The team will also dig into the fixes, or corrective actions, put in place by the company to prevent the issues from happening again. They will also look at whether the issues could have affected other parts of plant operations. The timeframe for the inspection gave Pilgrim time to evaluate and fix the problems, so the NRC inspectors can make sure the corrective actions are adequate.
Another area the team will assess will be whether there were any safety culture weaknesses that caused or played a part in the performance issues. The NRC defines nuclear safety culture as values and behaviors that emphasize safety over competing goals to ensure protection of people and the environment.
Once the team’s on-site work is finished, the inspectors will brief Entergy at a high level regarding what it has found. That is followed by an inspection report issued within 45 days.
We also plan to conduct a public meeting with Entergy after the inspection is wrapped up. This meeting, which would likely occur in December or January near the plant, will provide a forum for the NRC and the company to discuss the performance issues, their underlying causes and any improvement steps.
The NRC will provide notice on the date, time and location for this session.
As a refresher on earlier developments, the Pilgrim plant’s performance indicator for Unplanned Scrams (shutdowns) with Complications crossed the threshold from “green” to “white” following the third quarter of 2013. Then, in the fourth quarter of last year, the performance indicator for Unplanned Scrams per 7,000 Hours of Operation also changed to “white,” something that occurs if a plant has more than three such shutdowns during the designated period. This placed Pilgrim in the Degraded Cornerstone Column of the Action Matrix used by the NRC to assess plant performance.
And that, in turn, requires the heightened NRC attention to be paid during the team inspection this week.

NRC Blog Update: NRC Team Ready to Get to Work at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant

NRC Team Ready to Get to Work at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant

Neil Sheehan
Public Affairs Officer
Region I
 
When the Pilgrim nuclear power plant got a second “white” performance indicator in the same area of performance in 2014 it meant we would ratchet up our level of scrutiny until the underlying issues were resolved.
pilgrimStarting Monday, that scrutiny will take the form of a team inspection at the Plymouth, Mass., facility. Eight NRC inspectors will begin performing evaluations in several key areas.
For one, they will review the evaluation done by Entergy, the plant’s owner and operator, looking at why the problems that triggered the indicator changes occurred. The team will also dig into the fixes, or corrective actions, put in place by the company to prevent the issues from happening again. They will also look at whether the issues could have affected other parts of plant operations. The timeframe for the inspection gave Pilgrim time to evaluate and fix the problems, so the NRC inspectors can make sure the corrective actions are adequate.
Another area the team will assess will be whether there were any safety culture weaknesses that caused or played a part in the performance issues. The NRC defines nuclear safety culture as values and behaviors that emphasize safety over competing goals to ensure protection of people and the environment.
Once the team’s on-site work is finished, the inspectors will brief Entergy at a high level regarding what it has found. That is followed by an inspection report issued within 45 days.
We also plan to conduct a public meeting with Entergy after the inspection is wrapped up. This meeting, which would likely occur in December or January near the plant, will provide a forum for the NRC and the company to discuss the performance issues, their underlying causes and any improvement steps.
The NRC will provide notice on the date, time and location for this session.
As a refresher on earlier developments, the Pilgrim plant’s performance indicator for Unplanned Scrams (shutdowns) with Complications crossed the threshold from “green” to “white” following the third quarter of 2013. Then, in the fourth quarter of last year, the performance indicator for Unplanned Scrams per 7,000 Hours of Operation also changed to “white,” something that occurs if a plant has more than three such shutdowns during the designated period. This placed Pilgrim in the Degraded Cornerstone Column of the Action Matrix used by the NRC to assess plant performance.
And that, in turn, requires the heightened NRC attention to be paid during the team inspection this week.http://public-blog.nrc-gateway.gov/2014/10/31/nrc-team-ready-to-get-to-work-at-pilgrim-nuclear-power-plant/?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Tour of NuScale Control Room and Test Facility

Tour of NuScale Control Room and Test Facility



http://theenergycollective.com/rodadams/2147986/tour-nuscale-control-room-and-test-facility?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

California's Last Nuclear Plant Faces Lawsuit

California's Last Nuclear Plant Faces Lawsuit

http://www.courthousenews.com/2014/10/31/72965.htm

Construction of second power-generating unit of Belarusian nuclear station ahead of schedule

Construction of second power-generating unit of Belarusian nuclear station ahead of schedulehttp://atom.belta.by/en/belaes_en/view/construction-of-second-power-generating-unit-of-belarusian-nuclear-station-ahead-of-schedule-4144/

Westinghouse Electric Awarded Safety Enhancement Contract for Ukraine's Zaporizhia

Westinghouse Electric Awarded Safety Enhancement Contract for Ukraine's Zaporizhia


http://nuclearstreet.com/nuclear_power_industry_news/b/nuclear_power_news/archive/2014/10/31/westinghouse-electric-awarded-safety-enhancement-contract-for-ukraine_2700_s-zaporizhia-103101.aspx#.VFPda-e7nlM

'Unconstructable' Hinkley C could end UK's nuclear dream

'Unconstructable' Hinkley C could end UK's nuclear dream

Chris Goodall
30th October 2014

Opponents of nuclear power hold up the planned Hinkley C as an examplar of waste and idiocy that could cost the UK over £30 billion in subsidies. Chris Goodall agrees - and fears that an impending fiasco with the 'unconstructable' and commercially disastrous EPR design may kill off the UK's nuclear aspirations for a generation.



http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/Blogs/2605273/unconstructable_hinkley_c_could_end_uks_nuclear_dream.html

Nuclear Energy: The Once and Future Power Source

Nuclear Energy: The Once and Future Power Source



http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/10/31/nuclear_energy_the_once_and_future_power_source_124508.html

DOE invests $13 million in advanced nuclear power reactors

DOE invests $13 million in advanced nuclear power reactors



http://www.pennenergy.com/articles/elp/2014/10/doe-invests-13-million-in-advanced-nuclear-power-reactors.html

PennEnergy's Top Power Headlines 10/31


Top Power Headlines

Cambridge explores potential of radical new nuclear reactor design

The University of Cambridge is playing a key role in an international project to develop a radical new type of nuclear power station that is safer, more cost-effective, more compact and much quicker …more>>
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Post Fukushima, Japan gets green boom and glut

Japanese utilities say they can't accommodate the flood of newcomers to the green energy business, casting doubt on the future of Japan's aggressive post-Fukushima renewable energy strategy …more>>
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Top Power News

Carbon pollution standards for power plants and their impact on CCS

GE Hitachi wins nearly $300MM in nuclear contracts from Exelon

Costs rise by another $496MM at Kemper plant

World’s largest convention center solar array installed

Energy storage start-up Alevo to launch major battery plant in US

Huadian-GE JV launches with gas turbine rollout in China

Areva-Siemens up OL3 nuclear reactor arbitration claim to $4.4B

NY plans $800MM in clean energy investments

EU reaches deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions

ABB to install transmission system for German offshore wind project

16 killed in northwest China coal mine collapse

DOE gives solar power development $53MM boost

Primeur, Paradox partner on Smart City, IoT solutions

50 MW Wartsila plant to support solar power in Hawaii

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Separating the fact from the fiction on late season hurricanes

This may come as a surprise, but there are still five weeks left of hurricane season. Hear from experts at Impact Weather on separating the fact from the fiction on late season hurricanes and the importance of planning to safeguard business continuity. …more>>
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US Sends Planes Armed With Depleted Uranium to Middle East

US Sends Planes Armed With Depleted Uranium to Middle East


http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/27140-us-sends-planes-armed-with-depleted-uranium-to-middle-east

Steps needed for decommissioning aging nuclear facilities smoothly


Steps needed for decommissioning aging nuclear facilities smoothly



http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001655255

Yakamas give notice of Hanford cleanup lawsuit

Yakamas give notice of Hanford cleanup lawsuit



http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2014/10/30/3232254_yakamas-give-notice-of-hanford.html?rh=1

William D. Magwood, IV on Nuclear Power’s Present and Future

William D. Magwood, IV on Nuclear Power’s Present and Future


http://www.powermag.com/william-d-magwood-iv-on-nuclear-powers-present-and-future/?printmode=0

Russia's fast reactor project moves forward

Russia's fast reactor project moves forward

Consultant on International Affairs, Former Ambassador of Cuba to the IAEA and OPCW and Former IAEA Senior Manager Top Contributor
Russia's fast reactor project moves forward
28 October 2014
The Volga Interregional Department for Supervision of Nuclear and Radiation Safety, a specialist commission of Russian regulator Rostechnadzor, has completed its checks of information submitted as part of the licence application for building a nuclear research facility with the multi-purpose fast neutron reactor, or MBIR by its Russian acronym.
According to World Nuclear News, the Research Institute of Atomic Reactors (RIAR) submitted the application, its parent company Rosatom said yesterday.
The regulatory inspection confirmed that NIIAR is "ready for the construction of the MBIR research reactor and the information submitted to Rostechnadzor for obtaining a construction licence is accurate and consistent with the actual status" of the project.
Rospriprodnadzor, the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources – which is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment - approved the expert commission's conclusion to approve a construction license for MBIR.
Completion of the licensing procedure is expected next spring, Rosatom said.
The reactor complex - the International Research Centre - will be located at RIAR's site in Dimitrovgrad. The total, fully equipped cost is estimated to be $1 billion. Of that, the Russian budget has already provided $300 million, Rosatom deputy director general Vyacheslav Pershukov and MBIR project director Alexander Tuzov said at the International Atomic Energy Agency's General Conference in Vienna last month.
RIAR will be the legal owner of MBIR, performing operational and administrative functions as and when required, while the International Research Centre will be the legal entity responsible for marketing and research management.
MBIR will replace RIAR's BOR-60, which is the world's only fast research reactor in operation. Commissioned in 1969, BOR-60 is "fully contracted till the end of its lifetime in December 2020," Tuzov said. "Long-term irradiation tests in process with BOR-60 will be transferred to MBIR."
MBIR will use vibropacked mixed-oxide (VMOX) fuel, a Russian variant for MOX fuel production, in which blended (U, Pu) O2 and UO2 powders are loaded and compressed directly into the cladding tube. The VMOX for MBIR will have a plutonium content of 38%.

EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Potentially New and Improved?


EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Potentially New and Improved?


http://breakingenergy.com/2014/10/30/epas-clean-power-plan-potentially-new-and-improved/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Utility%20Dive&utm_campaign=Issue%3A%202014-10-31%20Utility%20Dive%20Newsletter

Report finds problem with Hanford nuclear vapors

Report finds problem with Hanford nuclear vapors



http://www.power-eng.com/articles/2014/10/report-finds-problem-with-hanford-nuclear-vapors.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Utility%20Dive&utm_campaign=Issue%3A%202014-10-31%20Utility%20Dive%20Newsletter

One grid to rule them all: Is a national transmission system coming to America?

One grid to rule them all: Is a national transmission system coming to America?

A bold idea to interconnect the nation’s three grids is just a financing agreement away



http://www.utilitydive.com/news/one-grid-to-rule-them-all-is-a-national-transmission-system-coming-to-amer/327185/

TransCanada: Energy East pipeline application submitted


TransCanada: Energy East pipeline application submitted
Quebec City (UPI) Oct 30, 2014 - Pipeline planner TransCanada Corp. said Thursday it filed a formal application for its Energy East pipeline project for eastern Canadian oil refineries. The Energy East oil pipeline involves the construction of a new 930-mile segment and converting 1,800 miles of gas line for oil service. It's designed to carry 1.1 million barrels of oil per day from Alberta and Saskatchewan to eastern ... morehttp://www.oilgasdaily.com/reports/TransCanada_Energy_East_pipeline_application_submitted_999.html

U.S. sinks $25 million in funding for renewables


U.S. sinks $25 million in funding for renewables
Washington (UPI) Oct 30, 2014 - The U.S. Energy Department said it released $25 million in funding for the advance of wave and solar energy, with solar setting installation records. The Energy Department said it was working with the U.S. Navy by offering $10 million to support the continued development of wave energy conversion devices at a military base in Hawaii. The project is being developed by MHK Technologies. / ... morehttp://www.solardaily.com/reports/US_sinks_25_million_in_funding_for_renewables_999.html

Leaders Discuss Wind Power in Canada's Energy Future

Leaders Discuss Wind Power in Canada's Energy Future
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Oct 31, 2014 - Keynote speaker Ms. Megan Leslie, NDP Deputy Leader and Environment Critic joined Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) President, Robert Hornung, to speak of the role Canadian wind energy can play in providing economic and environmental benefits for Canada as it needs new electricity supply. Ms. Leslie said that Canada has tremendous potential and incentive to increase its use of rene ... morehttp://www.winddaily.com/reports/Leaders_Discuss_Wind_Power_in_Canadas_Energy_Future_999.html

Westinghouse to Supply Advanced Safety System to Ukraine Nuclear Power Plants


Westinghouse to Supply Advanced Safety System to Ukraine Nuclear Power Plants
Kiev, Ukraine (SPX) Oct 31, 2014 - Westinghouse Electric Company has been awarded a contract by the National Nuclear Energy Generating Company of Ukraine (NNEGC Energoatom) to provide a passive hydrogen control system for VVER Units 1 and 2 at the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine. The passive hydrogen-control system is designed to provide additional measures for ensuring containment integrity in the unlikely event ... morehttp://www.nuclearpowerdaily.com/reports/Westinghouse_to_Supply_Advanced_Safety_System_to_Ukraine_Nuclear_Power_Plants_999.html

Oil Giant Shell Wants The U.S. Government To Give It Another Five Years In The Arctic

by Jeff Spross, 23 hours ago
The damaged Royal Shell Dutch drilling barge Kulluk is loaded onto a transport ship in Unalaska, Alaska, on March 19, 2013. CREDIT: AP Photo / Jim Paulin Royal.. http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/10/30/3586227/shell-drilling-arctic-delay/

Why Vermont Yankee Still Matters: Guest Post by Guy Page

Why Vermont Yankee Still Matters: Guest Post by Guy Page


http://yesvy.blogspot.com/2014/10/why-vermont-yankee-still-matters-guest.html#.VFPV6ue7nlM

CFR Update: Ukraine and Russia Reach Gas Deal

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Ukraine and Russia Reach Gas Deal
Ukrainian and Russian officials signed a natural gas deal (NYT) on Thursday that provides Russian gas deliveries to Ukraine through March 2015. The deal had been delayed for months due to Ukraine's unpaid bills and Russia's annexation of Crimea. The European Union, which led negotiations, is also a signatory of the agreement, making this the first trilateral energy agreement (EU Observer) of its kind. Funds from the EU and the International Monetary Fund will help Ukraine repay its debts.

Analysis

"Russia's supply lines run through Ukraine to several EU countries, and as much as 70% of its gas to the EU is carried through those pipes. So while Russia has in recent years tried to bypass Ukraine, in particular with the Nord Stream and South Stream projects, the two countries are, for now, inextricably linked," writes Paul Kirby for the BBC.
"Many analysts believe Ukraine cannot get through the coming winter without cutting some kind of gas purchase deal with Russia. That question would not have arisen if Ukraine's leaders had made better decisions years ago and the country were now producing 30 BCM of gas," writes Steven Pifer in the American Interest.
"[Ukraine]'s economy is heavily dependent on Russia, not only for gas but also as its largest export client. Cutting off Russia—as joining the E.U. might entail—would be a risky move. As for the infusion of Western money, it could disappear into a hole of corruption. Ukraine's admission into the E.U. seems unlikely, despite the trade deal, Poroshenko's optimism, and all the flags," writes Nicolas Niarchos in the New Yorker.




'No one to stay cold', as Russia and Ukraine clinch winter gas deal

http://euobserver.com/foreign/126330

Russia's gas fight with Ukraine

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29521564 

Taking Stock in Ukraine
Seven things to know about the crisis, Moscow’s and Kyiv’s actions, and the West’s response.
 
http://www.the-american-interest.com/articles/2014/10/28/taking-stock-in-ukraine/ 

 

Borderland: Ukraine’s Dilemma

http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/eu-russia-ukraine-dilemma 







The United States of Energy: America’s Power Obsession

The United States of Energy: America’s Power Obsession

By Conor O'Sullivan
A man walks outside a newly launched 670
Movoto, a real estate agency blog offering details about moving to and living in various cities has compiled a series of comprehensive lists on the location of power plants within the United States. The lists break down the type of energy source for power plants across the country – fossil fuel, nuclear and renewables. The

Energy Quote of the Day: ‘Natural Gas is Often Described as a Bridge Fuel…How Long Should that Bridge Be?’

Energy Quote of the Day: ‘Natural Gas is Often Described as a Bridge Fuel…How Long Should that Bridge Be?’

By Roman Kilisek
Demolition Begins On Original Bay Bridge Span Damaged By Earthquake
A new report released by the Canadian Pembina Institute and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions looks at British Columbia’s (B.C.) liquefied natural gas (LNG) strategy to serve the lucrative Asian gas market through the prism of global climate change in a carbon-constrained world. “Natural gas is often described as a bridge fuel. The question

Infographic: The World’s Ten Largest Power Plants

Infographic: The World’s Ten Largest Power Plants

By Jared Anderson
Cofferdam In Three Gorges Ready For Blasting
The 10 largest power plants in the world – in terms of total installed capacity – are all massive hydro or nuclear installations, with the top 5 located in China and South America. The fact that these are all zero-carbon power sources highlights the challenge of meeting climate-change goals without nuclear power. It’s been said

Energy Secretary Moniz to Keynote ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

Friday, October 31, 2014

Energy Secretary Moniz to Keynote ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

By U.S. Department of Energy
moniz-summit-keynote
Energy Secretary Moniz to Keynote ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit Henry Paulson, Janet Napolitano, Doyle N. Beneby, Nancy Pfund, Lyndon Rive, Patricia Woertz Will Also Address Summit Attendees WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Energy today announced that Secretary Ernest Moniz will serve as a keynote speaker for the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) Energy Innovation Summit, which

Sellafield Safety Shocker: Nuclear waste abandoned 40 years ago lies in rotting containers open to the elements

Sellafield Safety Shocker: Nuclear waste abandoned 40 years ago lies in rotting containers open to the elements


http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/health-news/sellafield-safety-shocker-nuclear-waste-4538648

Fears over "decaying" power station's radioactive threat

Images of Sellafield nuclear power station have sparked concerns from experts over fears of a leak due to ageing equipment


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/nuclearpower/11198831/Fears-over-decaying-power-stations-radioactive-threat.html

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Economic Growth & Job Creation


Economic Growth & Job Creation

http://www.nei.org/Why-Nuclear-Energy/Economic-Growth-Job-Creation

Israeli nuclear weapons, 2014




Israeli nuclear weapons, 2014

Abstract

Although the Israeli government neither confirms nor denies that it possesses nuclear weapons, it is generally accepted by friend and foe alike that Israel is a nuclear-armed state—and has been so for nearly half a century. The basis for this conclusion has been strengthened significantly since our previous estimate in 2002, particularly thanks to new documents obtained by scholars under the US Freedom of Information Act and other openly available sources.1 We conclude that many of the public claims about the size of the Israeli nuclear arsenal are exaggerated. We estimate that Israel has a stockpile of approximately 80 nuclear warheads for delivery by two dozen missiles, a couple of squadrons of aircraft, and perhaps a small number of sea-launched cruise missiles.


http://bos.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/10/28/0096340214555409.full

Unmatched Reliability


Unmatched Reliability

http://www.nei.org/Why-Nuclear-Energy/Reliable-Affordable-Energy/Unmatched-Reliability

Bishop Pates to Energy Secretary: Plan To Upgrade Nuclear Forces Undermines Quest for Disarmament

Bishop Pates to Energy Secretary: Plan To Upgrade Nuclear Forces Undermines Quest for Disarmament



http://www.usccb.org/news/2014/14-172.cfm

A Pipeline to Somewhere

A Pipeline to Somewhere

With the Keystone pipeline still in limbo, TransCanada gets the ball rolling on Plan B -- shipping tar-sands oil to Canada's eastern coast.



http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/10/30/a_pipeline_to_somewhere_transcanada_keystone_oil_sands_eastern?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=*Editors%20Picks&utm_campaign=2014_EditorsPicks30%2F10RS

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As Infrastructure Crumbles, Trillions Of Gallons Of Water Lost

As Infrastructure Crumbles, Trillions Of Gallons Of Water Lost



http://www.npr.org/2014/10/29/359875321/as-infrastructure-crumbles-trillions-of-gallons-of-water-lost

Energy Boom Can Withstand Steeper Oil-Price Drop


Energy Boom Can Withstand Steeper Oil-Price Drop

Some Smaller U.S. Producers Are Likely to Face Pinch From a More-Modest Decline



http://online.wsj.com/articles/energy-boom-can-withstand-steeper-oil-price-drop-1414627471
Will a Breakthrough Solar Technology See the Light of Day? MIT Technology Review

Will a Breakthrough Solar Technology See the Light of Day?

A startup that might have a record-breaking solar cell is in danger of going out of business. http://www.technologyreview.com/featuredstory/531756/will-a-breakthrough-solar-technology-see-the-light-of-day/

Can Europe Keep the Lights On This Winter?


Can Europe Keep the Lights On This Winter?



http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-10-30/can-europe-keep-the-lights-on-this-winter

EIA: Nuclear Regulatory Commission resumes license renewals for nuclear power plants

9, 2014

Nuclear Regulatory Commission resumes license renewals for nuclear power plants

graph of license expiration dates for operating U.S. nuclear reactors, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Following a two-year hiatus, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has resumed issuing license renewals for nuclear power plants. On October 20, the NRC renewed the operating licenses for Limerick Generating Station Units 1 and 2, located northwest of Philadelphia, extending their license expiration dates by 20 years, to 2044 and 2049, respectively. With this action, the NRC has granted license renewals providing a 20-year extension to a total of 74 of the 100 operating reactors in the United States. Nuclear power accounted for 20% of total power sector electricity generation in 2013.
NRC has the authority to issue initial operating licenses for commercial nuclear power plants for a period of 40 years. The decision to apply for an operating license renewal is made by nuclear power plant owners, and it is typically based on economics and the ability to meet NRC regulations. Operating licenses are renewed by NRC for a period of 20 years. To date, no applications for a second, or subsequent, license renewal, which could extend nuclear plant operating lives to 80 years, have been filed.
Renewing an operating license is contingent on several factors, including the safe management and disposal of waste. The NRC must determine that it has reasonable confidence that spent nuclear fuel can and will, in due course, be disposed of safely. This is known as waste confidence. Waste confidence enables the NRC to license new reactors or renew their operating licenses without examining the effects of extended waste storage for each individual site pending ultimate disposal.
In June 2012, following the termination of the repository program at Yucca Mountain, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down certain provisions of NRC's Waste Confidence Rule and stated that NRC should have analyzed the environmental consequences of never building a permanent waste repository. In response, the NRC issued an order in August 2012 that suspended actions related to issuing license renewals as well as new operating licenses, although the nuclear power industry continued to submit applications for license renewals. On September 18, 2014, the NRC issued the revised and renamed Continued Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel rule, which became effective on October 20. With the issuance of the revised rule, the NRC may now resume issuing license renewals as well as new operating licenses.
NRC is currently reviewing license renewal applications for 17 reactors, including one for Indian Point Unit 2. Although the September 2013 expiration date of the original 40-year operating license for that plant is already past, NRC rules allow for continued operation of a reactor until the NRC completes its review of a pending license renewal if the application was submitted at least five years before the current license expires. Indian Point Unit 2, located on the Hudson River north of New York City, currently continues to operate according to this process, known as timely renewal. To date, Indian Point Unit 2 is the only reactor that has entered the process of timely renewal.
NRC also expects to receive license renewal applications from seven more reactors between 2015 and 2018. Plans for only one plant have not yet been announced; however, license expiration for this plant is not a near-term issue.
map of licensed renewal status of operating U.S. nuclear reactors, as explained in the article text
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Principal contributor: Nancy Slater-Thompson

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