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Saturday, September 29, 2012

US Nuclear 'Fort Knox' Cracked By 82-Year-Old Nun

US Nuclear 'Fort Knox' Cracked By 82-Year-Old Nun

It's the weekend so forgive us this modest sidetrack but this 'Onion-esque' story was just too good to ignore.The company at the center of the Olympics' security debacle, G4S (whose directors resigned just yesterday over the "humiliating shambles") has gone one better. As Reuters reports, Megan Rice - an 82-year-old nun - cut perimeter fences and reached the outer wall where enriched uranium was stored at the US Government's nuclear storage 'Fort Knox' in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Can you guess who was responsible for the 'outsourced' security that enabled this SNAFU? G4S' subsidiary Babcock & Wilcox Co. (B&W). Energy Secretary Steven Chu has said the incident was an important "wake-up call" for the entire nuclear complex. An investigation last month found a security camera had been broken for about six months and was part of a backlog of repairs needed for security at the facility. Several top-ranking NNSA officials have been 'reassigned' (Gulag?) but have no fear as B&W have stated that the active union workers involved will all be employed elsewhere. One more example of the ineptitude of government oversight, the unintended consequence of crony capitalism, or simply another 'fool-me-once...'/unpunished debacle?

More at:  http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-09-29/us-nuclear-fort-knox-cracked-82-year-old-nun

Guest Post: Iran’s Imminent Nuclear Weapon

Guest Post: Iran’s Imminent Nuclear Weapon

Submitted by John Aziz of Azizonomics
Iran’s Imminent Nuclear Weapon
Here’s some context behind the claims that Iran will imminently possess a nuclear weapon.
It started a long time ago (but not, unfortunately, in a galaxy far, far away):
1984: Soon after West German engineers visit the unfinished Bushehr nuclear reactor, Jane’s Defence Weekly quotes West German intelligence sources saying that Iran’s production of a bomb “is entering its final stages.”US Senator Alan Cranston claims Iran is seven years away from making a weapon.
Seven years away? And did they have a bomb in 1991?
1992: Israeli parliamentarian Binyamin Netanyahu tells his colleagues that Iran is 3 to 5 years from being able to produce a nuclear weapon – and that the threat had to be “uprooted by an international front headed by the US.”

1992: Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres tells French TV that Iran was set to have nuclear warheads by 1999. “Iran is the greatest threat and greatest problem in the Middle East,” Peres warned, “because it seeks the nuclear option while holding a highly dangerous stance of extreme religious militancy.”

1992: Joseph Alpher, a former official of Israel’s Mossad spy agency, says “Iran has to be identified as Enemy No. 1.” Iran’s nascent nuclear program, he told The New York Times, “really gives Israel the jitters.”
So was there a bomb by the late 1990s?http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-09-29/guest-post-iran%E2%80%99s-imminent-nuclear-weapon

ANS Update: In case of atomic bomb, beer still OK

In case of atomic bomb, beer still OK

By pbowersox on Sep 29, 2012 01:00 am

Science historian Alex Wellerstein recently wrote of a series of nuclear weapons tests conducted in 1955 at the Nevada Test Site, known as Operation Teapot. Among the important civil defense questions explored at the time was: What will the survivors drink after a … Continue reading
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DOE funding for small reactors languishes as parties clash on debt


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DOE funding for small reactors languishes as parties clash on debt


http://www.eenews.net/public/Greenwire/2012/09/24/3 

Greenwire reports that the Department of Energy has blown its deadline to award $452M to one or two SMR firms over five years. The first award of approximately $60M had to be announced by the end of the fiscal year which is Sunday 9/30.   Friday was the last working day of the fiscal year.  According to Greenwire, DOE did not make a decision due to election year indecision by the Obama White House.

NRC allows nuclear plants to propose alternatives to its new seismic safety assessment

NRC allows nuclear plants to propose alternatives to its new seismic safety assessmenthttp://vtdigger.org/2012/09/26/nrc-allowing-nuclear-plants-to-propose-alternatives-to-its-new-seismic-safety-assessment/

Energy storage developing too slowly, PV industry warns

Energy storage developing too slowly, PV industry warns
Recharge
Holding out for energy-storage technologies that may not exist for a decade or more may prove a dangerous mistake, they warn. On paper, storage is the “ultimate solution” for PV because it is also the “lazy solution”, says Pierre-Guy Therond, vice ...http://www.rechargenews.com/energy/solar/article324145.ece

Transatomic Power Update

Transatomic Power Update
Next Big Future
Tweet Forbes - Transatomic Power is trying to develop a “Waste Annihilating Molten Salt Reactor.” Dewan and Massie's design is fuel-agnostic in the sense ...http://nextbigfuture.com/2012/09/transatomic-power-update.html

Forbes: Molten Salt Reactor from MIT post doctorates

Forbes: Molten Salt Reactor from MIT post-doctorates « Forums
two problems with nuclear fission anything. radioactive waste especially dust and gas....this means that nuclear power plants cost 10x more to design, build, run ...
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Analytical solutions of the molten salt reactor


Analytical solutions of the molten salt reactor ... - ScienceDirect
The one-group diffusion theory of molten salt reactors in a homogeneous reactor model is revisited. First, the integral terms in the equation for the flux, obta.
www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/.../S030645491200237...

Friday, September 28, 2012

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Weekly Review

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Weekly Review

The head of Japan's new nuclear regulatory body has said that the agency will not force the Ohi reactors to shut down, and that the so-called stress tests will no longer be required to restart other plants in the future.

Regulatory developments and other highlights from the news in Japan last week related to Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Daiichi accident include:http://nuclearstreet.com/nuclear_power_industry_news/b/nuclear_power_news/archive/2012/09/28/fukushima-daiichi-nuclear-plant-weekly-review-092802.aspx

Argentina wants China as an energy partner

Argentina wants China as energy partner
Zee News
Argentina wants China as energy partner Beijing: Argentina's planning minister sought Thursday to attract Chinese interest in his country's ambitious energy programme, which includes plans to build a large hydroelectric complex in 2013 and two nuclear ...http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/argentina-wants-china-as-energy-partner_802405.html

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Experts: Despite China's efforts, technology constraints could curb shale gas


Experts: Despite China's efforts, technology constraints could curb shale gas ...
China Daily
Zhang Yuqing, deputy director of the National Energy Administration, said on Sept 19 that China will strengthen cooperation in the energy sector, especially shale gas, with the United States, the country that became the largest natural gas producer in ...http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-09/28/content_15790059.htm

China mulls spur shale gas exploitation

China Daily -
BEIJING -- China's natural resource watchdog is considering preferential fiscal and tax policies to spur the country's shale gas exploitation as part of efforts to optimize the country's energy consumption structure. Authorities are thinking about favorable policies ...http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/business/2012-09/28/content_15789839.htm 

China Energy Adviser Sets Conservative Shale Gas Production ...
By Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen. A top adviser to China's economic planning agency says the country's shale gas production could reach between 20 billion and 30 ...
online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20120927-703878.html

Nuclear energy: DOE funding for small reactors languishes as parties clash on debt..

Nuclear energy: DOE funding for small reactors languishes as parties clash on debt
The grant program for these "small modular reactors," which was announced in January, would mark the official start of a major U.S. foray into the technology ...
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DOE invests $13mn in university-led nuclear research projects

DOE invests $13mn in university-led nuclear research projects

Power Engineering Magazine - ‎Sep 27, 2012‎
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded more than $13 million in new investments for university-led nuclear innovation projects. The DOE said the three awards announced under the Department's Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP) will ...http://www.power-eng.com/articles/2012/09/doe-invests-13mn-in-university-led-nuclear-research-projects.html

UT team wins $3.5M grant for nuclear innovation

UT team wins $3.5M grant for nuclear innovation

CBS News - ‎6 hours ago‎
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has won a $3.5 million federal grant for a nuclear innovation project. The award was announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Energy as part of its Nuclear Energy University Programs. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505245_162-57522286/ut-team-wins-$3.5m-grant-for-nuclear-innovation/

University of Illinois Gets $3.5 Million for Nuke Research

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Energy is giving the University of Illinois $3.5 million to use on research related to nuclear power. The Energy Department said Thursday the money is part of President Barack Obama's strategy to develop and ...http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2012/09/28/university-of-illinois-gets-3-5-million-for-nuke-research/

Nuclear power is the Betamax of the energy world


Nuclear power is the Betamax of the energy world
The Guardian (blog)
So I think it is worth spending a little time talking about why nuclear power is the Betamax of the energy world - a technology that was briefly in the hunt, but now could be ready to fade away into a museum curiosity. And you don't have to just ...http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/blog/2012/sep/28/nuclear-power-betamax-energy-world?newsfeed=true

US nuclear outages higher than last year, for now

US nuclear outages higher than last year, for now
Reuters
(Reuters) - U.S. nuclear power outages over the last few months have been averaging well above last year and the five-year average primarily due to the continued shutdown of four reactors for major, long-term maintenance, according to Reuters data.http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/28/us-utilities-nuclear-outages-idUSBRE88R11120120928

UPDATE 1-US nuclear outages higher than last year, for now

Reuters -
Nuke outages averaging above last year since June. * Outages seen dropping below last year next month. * Four reactors down for long-term work. By Scott DiSavino. Sept 28 (Reuters) - U.S. nuclear power outages over the last few months have been ...
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"The future of nuclear at #MOXChat"

"The future of nuclear at #MOXChat"

The National Nuclear Security Administration (U.S. Department of
Energy) recently hosted a public meeting in Chattanooga, Tenn.,
concerning its Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the
disposition of surplus weapons-grade plutonium as mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel
for use in power reactors.

Laura Scheele reports on how American Nuclear Society members fulfilled
the mission set forth in the ANS Position Statement on MOX fuel:  to
inform the public and media about the nonproliferation benefits of the
MOX fuel program.

It’s also the story of how ANS Student Members answered a Call to
Action and contributed, in large numbers, to the success of this event
for the Society in an arena where nuclear opponents had monopolized the
public discussion about nuclear energy.

http://ansnuclearcafe.org/2012/09/25/future-nuclear-moxchat/

"U.S. Global Nuclear Leadership Through Export-Driven Engagement"



"U.S. Global Nuclear Leadership Through Export-Driven Engagement"

Art Wharton considers the most recent American Nuclear Society Position
Statement, which advocates global expansion of nuclear energy through
increasing exports of U.S. nuclear goods and services.

It’s logical that ANS would want U.S. nuclear technology to increase
in the global market, but the position statement does not come from a
market-driven angle - it is noted as a non-proliferation measure.

Nonproliferation advantages, as well as promoting the influence of the
United States in regard to the safety and security of global nuclear
development, are among Mr. Wharton's key considerations…

http://ansnuclearcafe.org/2012/09/27/u-s-global-nuclear-leadership-through-export-driven-engagement/

Geoscience professor appointed to federal nuclear waste board

Geoscience professor appointed to federal nuclear waste board
By News & Notes Team
University of Wisconsin-Madison hydrogeologist Jean Bahr has been appointed by President Obama to the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board. The board is charged with providing independent scientific and technical oversight of the ...
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Hydrogeologist appointed to federal nuclear waste board
University of Wisconsin-Madison
The board is charged with providing independent scientific and technical oversight of the U.S. Department of Energy's program for managing and disposing of radioactive waste, from high-level waste and spent nuclear fuel to low-level waste such as that ...http://www.news.wisc.edu/21104

Nuclear industry stalls under its own waste

Nuclear Industry stalls under its own waste


New reactor projects hit a wall over the old issue of long-term storage of used radioactive fuel.


Press Herald
Industry officials say there is time -- more than 100 years even -- until the nation's power plants run out of room to store the radioactive waste on site. But a federal appeals court ruled in June that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- the ...http://www.pressherald.com/business/industry-stalls-under-its-own-waste_2012-09-27.html

DOJ Intervenes in Whistleblower Suit Involving Hanford Nuclear Site Cleanup

DOJ Intervenes in Whistleblower Suit Involving Hanford Nuclear Site Cleanup
The BLT: Blog of Legal Times (blog)
The Department of Justice announced today that it has intervened in a whistleblower suit involving a $2.65 billion contract with CH2M Hill Hanford Group Inc. to clean up underground radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.http://legaltimes.typepad.com/blt/2012/09/doj-intervenes-in-whistleblower-suit-involving-hanford-nuclear-site-cleanup.html

Zapping Nuke Waste Into Nuke Fuel


Zapping Nuke Waste Into Nuke Fuel
Discovery News
The idea of turning nuclear waste into nuclear fuel has been a long-sought dream for physicists and engineers for decades. Now a team at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre in Mol has proposed using a particle accelerator to zap the waste and create ...http://news.discovery.com/earth/zapping-nuke-waste-into-nuke-fuel.html

Is there a place for nuclear waste on Earth?

Is there a place for nuclear waste on Earth?
Pravda
According to environmentalists, their use raises the risk of accidents. Is there a safe place left in the world for the disposal of nuclear waste? Last Sunday, fifty Greenpeace activists on 12 inflatable boats conducted a 20-minute protest action on ...http://english.pravda.ru/world/europe/28-09-2012/122301-nuclear_waste-0/

Entergy Sues Feds Over Nuclear Waste

Entergy Sues Feds Over Nuclear Waste

Forbes - ‎9 hours ago‎
Entergy Nuclear Pallisades sued the United States yesterday for failing to accept nuclear waste from two plants Entergy owns in Michigan, according to published reports. The operator of the troubled Pallisades Nuclear Plant finds itself in the company of at ...http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2012/09/28/entergy-sues-feds-over-nuclear-waste/

Entergy Sues US for Failure to Dispose of Nuclear Waste

Businessweek - ‎Sep 27, 2012‎
An Entergy Corp. (ETR) unit sued the U.S. for $100 million alleging the government breached a contract for disposal of nuclear waste at two plants in Michigan. Entergy Nuclear Palisades LLC, owner of the Palisades Nuclear Plant and the Big Rock Point plant ...http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-09-27/entergy-sues-u-dot-s-dot-for-failure-to-dispose-of-nuclear-waste

Entergy Sues US Over Breached Nuclear Waste Contract

Law360 (subscription) - ‎18 hours ago‎
By Dietrich Knauth. Law360, New York (September 27, 2012, 10:22 PM ET) -- An Entergy Co. unit sued the U.S. government Wednesday, seeking damages for what it calls the government's decadelong, ongoing failure to dispose of spent nuclear fuel at two ...http://www.law360.com/articles/382477/entergy-sues-us-over-breached-nuclear-waste-contract
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Obama blocks Chinese wind farm

Obama blocks Chinese wind farm
The US president has blocked an attempt by a Chinese-owned company to build wind farms in Oregon close to a navy site used for testing drones and electronic warfare training.

Barack Obama said in a statement he had decided that Ralls, the company owned by two Chinese executives that is seeking to build the wind farms, “might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States”.
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US Electricity Generation Wastes Huge Amounts Of Water

US Electricity Generation Wastes Huge Amounts Of Water

Washington DC (SPX) Sep 27, 2012
Huge demands on increasingly scarce water are a major hidden cost of a "business as usual" approach to American electricity generation that needs to be more fully understood by policymakers and the public, according to a new Synapse Energy Economics, Inc. report prepared for the nonprofit and nonpartisan Civil Society Institute (CSI) and the Environmental Working Group (EWG). http://www.energy-daily.com/reports/US_Electricity_Generation_Wastes_Huge_Amounts_Of_Water_999.html
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California's Private Utilities Show Strong Energy Efficiency Progress


California's Private Utilities Show Strong Energy Efficiency Progress
Natural Resources Defense Council (blog)
The California Public Utilities Commission, the agency that regulates California's private utilities, recently released a staff report indicating that utility energy-efficiency programs from 2010 and 2011 saved enough energy to power over 600,000 ...http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/lettenson/californias_private_utilities.html

Jerry Brown OKs bills to expand renewable energy in California

Jerry Brown OKs bills to expand renewable energy in California
Los Angeles Times
Jerry Brown signed 19 bills Thursday aimed at making it easier to provide renewable energy and conserve power in California. The bills include a measure by Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) that directs the state to coordinate implementation of ...http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/california-politics/2012/09/jerry-brown-signs-renewable-energy-bills.html

New California Law Increases US Military's Involvement In Clean Energy

Solar Industry - ‎1 hour ago‎
comments: 0. California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. has signed a bill designed to strengthen the clean energy partnership between California and the U.S. military. The legislation, the Energy Security Coordination Act of 2012, was authored by State Sen.

Calif. Governor Brown Signs the Energy Security Coordination Act of 2012

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed the Energy Security Coordination Act of 2012 (SB 1409), authored by Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), which strengthens the clean energy partnership between ...

Calif. Governor Brown Issues Legislative Update for Sept. 27, 2012 – New Bills ...

eNewsChannels -
California Gov. Brown 2012 SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that he has signed the following bills: AB 40 by Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) – Elder and dependent adult abuse: ...

Governor Brown Issues Legislative Update

Imperial Valley News -
Governor Brown Issues Legislative Update · Print · Email. Details: Created on Thursday, 27 September 2012 19:42: Written by Imperial Valley News. Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that he has signed the following ...
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ArtsBeat Richard Rhodes Writes a Play About Reagan, Gorbachev and Nuclear Weapons

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Sandia Experts Help When Sinkhole Opens Up in Louisiana

Sandia Experts Help When Sinkhole Opens Up in Louisiana

Fukushima Updates 9/28

Here is a summary of the topics in today's Fukushima Updates. Click on th link for the full reports...
 
The Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) is planning on “punching” a hole through the Fukushima Daiichi unit #1 containment (PCV) wall for inspection purposes... A Japanese power company is ready to resume construction at a partially-completed nuke in Ohma town... Industry Minister Yukio Edano is having a book published today arguing that all of Japan’s nukes should be run by the government... Japan continues to run into local opposition roadblocks with finding sites for the disposal of sewage sludge and incinerator ash contaminated with radioactive Cesium.
 

China Gets Serious on Solar Energy

China Gets Serious on Solar Energy

After talking for much of the past year about plans to develop its solar power industry, Beijing may finally be starting to transform its words into action based on the latest signals coming from mid-sized panel maker JA Solar (Nasdaq: JASO) and an unusual move by leading US manufacturer First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR).http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2012/09/china-gets-serious-on-solar-energy?cmpid=rss

What Does the Future Hold for Natural Gas Prices?

What Does the Future Hold for Natural Gas Prices?

Asian demand for natural gas has risen sharply in recent years.  Prices in dollars per million BTUs, are about $13.50 in Argentina and $13.80 in Japan and South Korea, and $13.40 in China.  Even Argentina has a $13.50 price, but U.S. wholesale prices are about $2.50 to $3.00.The world price disparity raises a question that swirls just under the surface of the national energy conversation, which whipsaws between relieved happiness that shale gas exists at all and unfounded fears stoked by extremists that the method of extracting it called…Read more...http://oilprice.com/Energy/Natural-Gas/What-Does-the-Future-Hold-for-Natural-Gas-Prices.html

Coal vs. natural gas: It’s complicated


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ANS Update: Nuclear Matinee: The Higgs, or not the Higgs? Spin Will Tell

Nuclear Matinee: The Higgs, or not the Higgs? Spin will tell

By pbowersox on Sep 28, 2012 01:00 am

The Higgs boson caused quite a stir earlier this year when its discovery was announced on July 4. After all, the Higgs field, as proven by the existence of the Higgs boson, is basically the reason that matter has “mass” in our … Continue reading
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Energy Storage Update 9/28


The value proposition for energy storage
Intelligent Utility
RIGHT NOW, MYRIAD UTILITIES ARE TESTING THAT VALUE proposition regarding what role energy storage could play for them and whether it's technically and financially feasible. Two of the nation's utilities-Southern California Edison and Duke ...http://www.intelligentutility.com/magazine/article/285127/value-proposition-energy-storage
Sustainable Energy Releases World Class Proprietary "AC Battery" Technology ...
Equities.com
Based on published industry data, the Company estimates demand for decentralized, grid-tied energy storage in its power ratings at 8.2 GW over the next 4 years, more than 75% of which will be in Japan, Germany, Italy and the United States. At an ...http://www.equities.com/news/headline-story?dt=2012-09-27&val=530832&cat=energy
Canada Natural Gas Rises Following Release of U.S. Storage Data
Bloomberg
... following U.S. futures higher, after the Energy Department reported stockpiles of the fuel increased by 80 billion cubic feet last week to 3.576 trillion. October gas in Alberta rose 1.4 percent as department data showed the weekly storage ...http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-27/canada-natural-gas-rises-following-release-of-u-s-storage-data.html
Bengal plans second power storage and generation facility
Hindu Business Line
The existing 900 mw pumped storage facility pumps water to a storage tank atop the hill using nearly 1,100 MW electricity in the non-peak hours. The stored water is released to generate 900 MW hydel power to meet the peak demand. The net effect is it ...http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/economy/article3942582.ece?homepage=true&ref=wl_home
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Being explored: Smart solar power and storage for smarter homes.
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Nebraska's power future still tied to coal, nuclear
Kearney Hub
Pope and University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor of electrical engineering Jerry Hudgins both said Wednesday that renewable resources won't be efficient or economically competitive unless energy storage technologies improve. “Electricity is unique,” ...http://www.kearneyhub.com/news/local/nebraska-s-power-future-still-tied-to-coal-nuclear/article_b95de5ae-08cc-11e2-bfaf-001a4bcf887a.html
Smart grids: clean energy saviour?
Power Engineering Magazine
The latest smart grid opportunities include monitoring and managing of penetration on the grid using sensors and storage devices, to improve operational efficiency and promote a more even deployment of renewable energy sources. Governments around the ...http://www.power-eng.com/news/2012/09/27/smart-grids-clean-energy-saviour.html

PennEnergy's Most Popular Oil & Gas News 9/28

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From Total's big loss in court, to Iran's oil numbers, to the big return to the Gulf of Mexico, all of the week's biggest headlines are in the PennEnergy Video News Update.
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Israel working with Palestinians on Gaza gas deal
Israel and one of the governing Palestinian groups are working on an agreement that would allow for natural gas exploration off the coast of Gaza in the Mediterranean Sea.
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