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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Earthquake phobia threatens Japan’s electrical infrastructure...


 
From The Hiroshima Syndrome...
 
Earthquake phobia threatens Japan’s electrical infrastructure...
 
The majority of the currently-idled Japanese nukes are ready to produce the electricity which would alleviate the nation's current electrical shortage. The energy supply situation in Japan is critical, but it seems the majority of the country’s news outlets and politicians don’t really care. They would rather dwell on fear concerning exaggerated assumptions of earthquake impacts on operating nukes. Will the Japanese people ever be made aware of what’s really the case? And, if they are made aware, when will they say “Enough!!” and demand rational recovery from the very real tsunami-spawned, politically-exacerbated economic disaster ravaging Japan?

Hurricane Sandy: Stress Testing the Power Industry's Assistance Network

Hurricane Sandy: Stress Testing the Power Industry's Assistance Network

Source: Edison Electric Institute The electric power industry is bracing for what several forecasts are predicting could be the worst storm "to hit the U.S. Northeast in 100 years." If Hurricane Sandy has anything close to the force anticipated by these gloomy forecasts, widespread power outages across the East Coast are virtually [...]http://www.forbes.com/sites/williampentland/2012/10/26/hurricane-sandy-stress-testing-the-power-industrys-assistance-network/

USA – Vogtle milestones

USA – Vogtle milestones

The official start of construction at Vogtle 3 and 4 has drawn nearer with permission for a change in the concrete to be used, while Chinese engineers have agreed to share their experience of AP1000 construction.
The new Westinghouse AP1000 reactors are being built in the US state of Georgia by Southern Company and four other firms that own stakes in the existing two-unit plant. Building two more units simultaneously, the companies have set up module assembly areas and the world’s largest heavy-lift derrick crane to move the components into place.
Welding work on Vogtle 3′s containment vessel, one of many components being prepared. The unit’s condensers are already on site and the reactor pressure vessel will arrive in early 2013 (Image: Southern Company)http://energyandnuclear.com/2012/10/27/usa-vogtle-milestones/

British ExxonMobil oil chief 'assassinated' in Brussels street

British ExxonMobil oil chief 'assassinated' in Brussels street

Exclusive: Nicholas Mockford, a British executive for the oil company ExxonMobil has been shot dead in front of his wife in an assassination-style killing in Brussels. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/belgium/9634530/British-ExxonMobil-oil-chief-assassinated-in-Brussels-street.html

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Grid Energy Storage Will Surpass $30 Billion


Grid Energy Storage Annual Market Value to Exceed - CleanTechnica
Energy Storage on the Grid (ESG) is expected to beat $30 billion in annual value, according to a new report from Pike Research.
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Energy Storage on the Grid Will Surpass $30 Billion ... - Pike Research
Advances in next-generation pumped storage, compressed air energy storage, and advanced batteries have multiplied the technology options available for ...
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Fukushima - the nuclear emergency that won't go away

Fukushima - the nuclear emergency that won't go away
The Earth Times
As nuclear engineer, Masashi Goto, told AP, "You never know where it's leaking out and once it's out you can never put it back in place." That makes containing the site - and preventing the start up of another set of meltdowns - a never-ending search ...http://www.earthtimes.org/energy/fukushima-nuclear-emergency/2235/

Fukushima owner says plant may be leaking radiation into sea
RT (blog)
TEPCO, operator of the Fukushima nuclear facility, failed to confirm that radiation leaks at the plant had fully stopped. This came after a US report that irradiated fish are still being caught off the coast of Japan following the 2011 meltdown. http://rt.com/news/fukushima-leaking-radiation-sea-314/

Albacore Tuna Show Traces of Cesium


Albacore Tuna Show Traces of Radioactive Cesium From Japanese Meltdown ...
Centralia Chronicle
Scientists from the university and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration collected and tested fish caught off the West Coast before and after the March 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami that caused a nuclear reactor to release ...http://www.chronline.com/news/article_92477b22-1f85-11e2-8a10-001a4bcf887a.html

Fukushima Updates

Today's Fukushima updates are headed by a commentary, followed by some other updates. Please click the link for the full reports.
 
Earthquake phobia threatens Japan’s electrical infrastructure...
The majority of the currently-idled Japanese nukes are ready to produce the electricity which would alleviate the nation's current electrical shortage. The energy supply situation in Japan is critical, but it seems the majority of the country’s news outlets and politicians don’t really care. They would rather dwell on fear concerning exaggerated assumptions of earthquake impacts on operating nukes. Will the Japanese people ever be made aware of what’s really the case? And, if they are made aware, when will they say “Enough!!” and demand rational recovery from the very real tsunami-spawned, politically-exacerbated economic disaster ravaging Japan?
 
Other updates - A Commissioner of Japan's new nuclear regulatory agency (NRA) told the UN the situation at Fukushima Daiichi remains “precarious”... The NRA has released a listing of the range of types of nuclear accident initiators they will address in their new regulations... Half of last year’s reconstruction funds designated for the Tohoku region have not been used.
 

Friday, October 26, 2012

More than a Dozen Nuclear Plants Near Hurricane Sandy’s Path Brace for Impact

More than a Dozen Nuclear Plants Near Hurricane Sandy’s Path Brace for Impact

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Weekly Review

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Weekly Review

The last week saw a switchyard fire and a small chemical leak at Fukushima Daiichi, as well as a new analysis of radioactive contamination in fish.

Recent developments at the Tokyo Electric Power Co. nuclear plant blacked out by last year's tsunami in Japan include:http://nuclearstreet.com/nuclear_power_industry_news/b/nuclear_power_news/archive/2012/10/26/fukushima-daiichi-nuclear-plant-weekly-review-102601.aspx

Report: Hitachi to Buy Horizon Nuclear Power

Report: Hitachi to Buy Horizon Nuclear Power

Hitachi is said to have made an offer for Horizon Nuclear Power – the UK joint venture up for sale by EON and RWE.
http://nuclearstreet.com/nuclear_power_industry_news/b/nuclear_power_news/archive/2012/10/26/report_3a00_-hitachi-to-buy-horizon-nuclear-power-102602.aspx

Nuclear Reactor Startups Expected for 2013 through 2017

Nuclear Reactor Startups Expected for 2013 through 2017

Here is the updated list of Nuclear reactor 2013 through 2017

2013    India, NPCIL    Kudankulam 2    PWR     950
2013    Korea, KHNP     Shin Wolsong 2  PWR     1000
2013    Korea, KHNP     Shin-Kori 3     PWR     1350
2013    Russia          Leningrad II-1  PWR     1070
2013    Argentina, CNEA Atucha 2        PHWR    692
2013    China, CNNC  Sanmen 1        PWR     1250
2013    China, CGNPC  Ningde 2        PWR     1080
2013    China, CGNPC  Yangjiang 1     PWR     1080
2013    China, CGNPC  Taishan 1       PWR     1700
2013    China, CNNC  Fangjiashan 1   PWR     1080
2013    China, CNNC  Fuqing 1        PWR     1080
2013    China, CGNPC  Hongyanhe 2     PWR     1080
2013  India, Bhavini  Kalpakkam       FBR      470
             
2014    Finland, TVO    Olkilouto 3     PWR     1600
2014    Russia          Vilyuchinsk     PWR x 2   70
2014    Russia, Rosener Novovoronezh II-1 PWR   1070
2014    Slovakia, SE  Mochovce 3      PWR      440
2014    Slovakia, SE  Mochovce 4      PWR      440
2014    Taiwan Power  Lungmen 1  ABWR    1300
2014    China, CNNC  Sanmen 2  PWR     1250
2014    China, CPI  Haiyang 1  PWR     1250
2014    China, CGNPC  Ningde 3  PWR     1080
2014    China, CGNPC  Hongyanhe 3  PWR     1080
2014    China, CGNPC  Hongyanhe 4  PWR     1080
2014    China, CGNPC  Yangjiang 2  PWR     1080
2014    China, CGNPC  Taishan 2  PWR     1700
2014    China, CNNC  Fangjiashan 2  PWR     1080
2014    China, CNNC  Fuqing 2  PWR     1080
2014    China, CNNC  Changjiang 1  PWR      650
2014    Korea, KHNP  Shin-Kori 4  PWR     1350
2014    Japan, Chugoku  Shimane 3  ABWR    1375
2014    Japan, EPDC/J Power  Ohma 1  ABWR    1350
2014    Russia          Beloyarsk 4     FNR      750


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Japan struggles to store nuclear plant waste water

Japan struggles to store nuclear plant waste water

Tokyo Electric Power Co, operator of the Fukushima nuclear power plant crippled by the March 2011 tsunami, is struggling to find space to store tens of thousands of tonnes of highly contaminated water used to cool the broken reactorshttp://www.atimes.com/atimes/Japan/NJ27Dh01.html

China Energy Update 10/26


Why Are China and Japan Sparring Over Eight Tiny, Uninhabited Islands?
National Geographic
A team of Japanese surveyors prepares to depart for the Senkaku Islands, where oil and natural gas prospects loom large in a dispute with China. Below, a map shows the Senkaku and two other potentially energy-rich island chains that are part of a tug ...

National Geographic
Insight: How the Petronas deal fell victim to Canada's China fears
Chicago Tribune
OTTAWA/CALGARY (Reuters) - Malaysian state-owned oil company Petronas was so confident last Friday that its purchase of Progress Energy Resources Corp would be approved by Canada that company officials had drafted a press release to announce ...
China Resumes Nuclear Power Plant Construction
The Chosun Ilbo
China Resumes Nuclear Power Plant Construction. China says its energy consumption has been growing too quickly in recent years, putting a strain on the country's energy supply as well as on the environment. "Fossil energy resources have been exploited ...
Cnooc Group, Taiwan's CPC Plan Joint Deep Water Exploration Pact -Sources
Fox Business
He declined to be named. Energy-deficient China's search for offshore oil and gas reserves has pit it against several of its neighbors, resulting in naval jousting with Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines near disputed islands and atolls. CPC has been ...
Hong Kong stocks fall early after 10-day rally
MarketWatch
HONG KONG (MarketWatch) -- Hong Kong stocks retreated after a higher opening Friday on profit-taking pressure after a 10-trading-day rally, with China Unicom Hong Kong Ltd. and BOC Hong Kong Holdings Ltd. suffering declines after posting results.
Moratorium no more for nuclear power
China Daily
Boosting the nation's energy supply remains pivotal for sustaining long-term economic developments in the country. Moratorium no more for nuclear power. China is already the world's largest energy consumer, but 70 percent of its power comes from coal.
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China Daily
FEATURE: US drillers take China's money, but deny access to technology
Platts
China may also decide pull back if US gas prices do not rise soon, reasoning that investing in US shale plays is not a good business decision, Kong said. "If this continues and it becomes clear to Chinese energy companies that they can't get the ...
23 Chinese companies enter top global energy list
China Daily
Twenty-three Chinese energy companies were admitted to the 2012 Platts Top 250 Global Energy Company Rankings, which was launched on Wednesday in Singapore by Platts, an energy, petrochemicals and metals information provider. Overtaking ...
China's natgas consumption seen at 230 bcm in 2015: NDRC
Reuters
BEIJING (Reuters) - Natural gas consumption in China, the world's top energy user, is expected to be 230 billion cubic meters (bcm) in 2015, while supply of gas, including imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) and unconventional gas, is expected to ...
Peabody Energy CEO Remains Confident on Coal Demand, Prices
NASDAQ
... the head of U.S. coal producer Peabody Energy Corp. (BTU) said Friday. "What we have got now is Europe in recession, the U.S. in extremely low growth and China decelerating. I don't think all three of those events will continue forever," Gregory ...
China Issues White Paper on Energy Policy - ProEdgeWire
On Wednesday, October 24, 2012, China issued the 2012 edition white paper on energy policy to elaborate on its policies for energy development, conservation ...
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Nuclear Regulatory Commission watches reactors in Frankenstorm's path

Nuclear Regulatory Commission watches reactors in Frankenstorm's path
The Star-Ledger - NJ.com
“Because of the size of it, we could see an impact to coastal and inland plants,” Neil Sheehan, a spokesman based in Philadelphia for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said by phone today. “We will station inspectors at the sites if we know they ...http://www.nj.com/business/index.ssf/2012/10/nuclear_regulatory_commission_1.html

Entergy Nuclear Facilities Continue Preparations for Hurricane Sandy

MarketWatch (press release) -
NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Personnel at Entergy Corporation's nuclear plants in the Northeast continue to track Hurricane Sandy's path to ensure they are well prepared for the potential of high winds and rainfall. Entergy's ...

IEA Journal Releases Latest Edition: Energy Security: Oil

International Energy Agency Journal Releases Latest Edition: Energy Security: Oil

This month, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released volume three of IEA Energy: Journal of the International Energy Agency titled, Energy Security: Oil. The 52-page issue is available free as a downloadable pdf here.  The journal,
IEA Energy covers a broad range of today’s energy issues, from technology to market developments, and highlights the energy challenges of tomorrow. It features a variety of perspectives from government, industry and other intergovernmental organisations – both in IEA member countries and beyond – as well as from IEA experts.
Prior editions of this journal are available here:

World's Most Powerful Laser Beams to Zap Nuclear Waste

World's Most Powerful Laser Beams to Zap Nuclear Waste
Businessweek
The European Union will spend about 700 million euros ($900 million) to build the world's most powerful lasers, technology that could destroy nuclear waste and provide new cancer treatments. The Extreme Light Infrastructure project has obtained funding ...http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-10-25/world-s-most-powerful-laser-beams-to-zap-nuclear-waste

New Hanford Tank Leak Raises Questions About Waste Storage


New Hanford Tank Leak Raises Questions About Waste Storage
Northwest Public Radio
A double-hulled underground tank at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in the desert of southeast Washington is leaking radioactive waste. Next week federal officials are mustering a several-hundred page report on the problem. Experts worry about what the ...http://www.nwpr.org/post/new-hanford-tank-leak-raises-questions-about-waste-storage

CPUC Decides on Solar Fams and Nuclear Power Plants


CPUC Decides on Solar Farms and Nuclear Power Plants
Greentech Media
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted unanimously to launch a formal investigation of the nearly nine month outage at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) Units Two and Three. http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/CPUC-Decides-on-Solar-Farms-and-Nuclear-Power-Plants

California Probes Shutdown of Edison Nuclear Plant
Businessweek
The California Public Utilities Commission voted to open an investigation into the causes and costs of the shutdown of Edison International (EIX)'s San Onofre nuclear power plant in Southern California. The commission voted 5-0 today to determine if ...http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-10-25/california-probes-shutdown-of-edison-nuclear-plant

Utilities panel launches probe of troubled San Onofre nuclear plant

Los Angeles Times - ‎Oct 25, 2012‎
San onSan Onofre nuclear plant has been dark for nine months. Credit: Los Angeles. This post has been corrected. See note at bottom for details. The California Public Utilities Commission has launched an investigation into the nine-month outage at the San ...http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/10/utilities-commission-san-onofre-probe.html

NRC to increase its oversight of Richland nuclear power plant


NRC to increase its oversight of Richland nuclear power plant
Yakima Herald-Republic
VIDEOS FROM THE YAKIMA HERALD-REPUBLIC. By Annette Cary. Tri-City Herald. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will increase oversight of Energy Northwest's nuclear power plant near Richland after investigating an emergency preparedness issue.http://www.yakima-herald.com/stories/2012/10/26/nrc-to-increase-its-oversight-of-richland-nuclear-power-plant

China Guangdong Nuclear's dim sum bond sought by asset managers


China Guangdong Nuclear's dim sum bond sought by asset managers
Reuters
HONG KONG (Reuters) - State-owned China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding has completed the sale of its first offshore yuan bond, raising 1.5 billion yuan ($240 million) which was four times oversubscribed and taken up strongly by asset managers.http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/26/us-markets-offshore-yuan-idUSBRE89P05R20121026

Why Are Environmentalists Taking Anti-Science Positions?

Why Are Environmentalists
Taking Anti-Science Positions?

On issues ranging from genetically modified crops to nuclear power, environmentalists are increasingly refusing to listen to scientific arguments that challenge standard green positions. This approach risks weakening the environmental movement and empowering climate contrarians.

by fred pearce

From Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring to James Hansen’s modern-day tales of climate apocalypse, environmentalists have long looked to good science and good scientists and embraced their findings. Often we have had to run hard to keep up with the crescendo of warnings coming out of academia about the perils facing the world. A generation ago, biologist Paul Ehrlich’s The Population Bomb and systems analysts Dennis and Donella Meadows’ The Limits to Growth shocked us with their stark visions of where the world was headed. No wide-eyed greenie had predicted the opening of an ozone hole before the pipe-smoking boffins of the British Antarctic Survey spotted it when looking skyward back in 1985. On issues ranging from ocean acidification and tipping points in the Arctic to the dangers of nanotechnology, the scientists have always gotten there first — and the environmentalists have followed.

And yet, recently, the environment movement seems to have been turning up on the wrong side of the scientific argument. We have been making claims that simply do not stand up. We are accused of being anti-science — and not without reason. A few, even close friends, have begun to compare this casual contempt for science with the tactics of climate contrarians.

That should hurt.

Three current issues suggest that the risks of myopic adherence to ideology over rational debate are real: genetically modified (GM) crops, nuclear power, and shale gas development. The conventional green position is that we should be opposed to all three. Yet the voices of those with genuine environmental credentials, but who take a different view, are being drowned out by sometimes abusive and irrational argument.http://e360.yale.edu/feature/why_are_environmentalists_taking_anti-science_positions/2584/

US NRC Blog Update: Introducing the NRC's Waste Confiddence Directorate

U.S. NRC Blog

Introducing the NRC’s Waste Confidence Directorate

by Moderator
The NRC staff is already hard at work on an environmental impact statement to support an update to the Commission’s waste confidence rule, which evaluates the storage of spent nuclear fuel after the expiration of a nuclear reactor’s license.
This project is part of the NRC’s response to last June’s U.S. Appeals Court ruling striking down the agency’s generic finding that spent fuel can be stored safely for several decades after a plant’s license expires. The court held the NRC should have examined the environmental effects of never having a repository, as well as the effects of spent fuel pool fires and leaks. The Commission then decided that the agency would not issue licenses
dependent on waste confidence until the court’s remand is addressed.
As director of the new Waste Confidence Directorate, established to meet the 24-month deadline
the Commission set for this ambitious and important project, I plan to give you occasional updates on our progress here on the NRC blog. These updates will be part of an extensive and innovative public outreach effort.
I am happy to report that the Waste Confidence Directorate is now fully staffed. We are the newest part of the NRC’s Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards
, which has oversight and licensing responsibilities for spent fuel storage and disposal. But we have drawn our staff from offices throughout the agency in order to utilize a variety of expertise and knowledge. I come to the Directorate from the Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management Programs, which handles environmental reviews and rulemaking for fuel cycle facilities, decommissioning and waste. My deputy, Carrie Safford, comes from our Office of the General Counsel to provide legal expertise.
We will oversee two branches, with a total staff of 20 employees. The Environmental Review Branch includes many talented and experienced environmental experts with deep knowledge of the National Environmental Policy Act and its requirements. They will work with contractors from the Center for Nuclear Waste Regulatory Analyses in San Antonio, Texas, to develop the environmental impact statement.
Our Communications Branch will lead our public outreach effort. The NRC is committed to engaging the public to the maximum extent possible in this important project, and we will keep you informed every step of the way. We have already set up a dedicated Waste Confidence page on the NRC website (one click from our home page under “Spotlight”), where you will be able to find documents, meeting notices and transcripts, and regular updates on our work. You can also reach us directly by email at WCOutreach@nrc.gov.
This week, we announced in the Federal Register
our “scoping” effort for the environmental review. We want the public’s suggestions on what we should examine in the environmental impact statement. To that end, we will hold two public meetings here at NRC headquarters on Wednesday, November 14 to explain the project and hear public comments. Both of these meetings will be webcast, with moderated teleconference lines, so people who cannot come to Rockville can still participate. The second meeting will be held late in the evening to accommodate people in other time zones. We will also conduct two webinars in early December to explain the review process and receive public comments. Finally, you may comment online through the government’s rulemaking website – regulations.gov, under docket number NRC-2012-0246. The comment period ends Wednesday, January 2, 2013.
With our dedicated Waste Confidence Web page, webcasts, webinars, this blog and the NRC’s Twitter
feed and YouTube channel, we intend to keep you informed and engaged as we tackle this important project. We are confident that we can meet the September 2014 deadline for the environmental impact statement and waste confidence rule, and we look forward to working with you, our stakeholders, along the way.
Keith I. McConnell
Director, Waste Confidence Directorate
Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards
Moderator | October 26, 2012 at 11:12 am | Tags: nuclear | Categories: Radioactive Waste | URL: http://wp.me/p1fSSY-R9

Geoengineering Could Be Essential to Reducing the Risk of Climate Change

Geoengineering Could Be Essential to Reducing the Risk of Climate Change

Using technology to cool the planet may be the only way to deal with the greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere, argues scientist David Keith. http://www.technologyreview.com/news/506256/geoengineering-could-be-essential-to-reducing-the-risk-of-climate-change/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_source=newsletter-daily-all&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20121026

PennEnergy Top Oil & Gas News 10/26

Top Oil & Gas News
 
PennEnergy Video News Update
 
From the security of the Macondo well
 
, to API's job creation numbers
 
, to the report on the Heimdal platform leak
 
, all of the week's biggest headlines are in the PennEnergy Video News Update.
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Canada rejects Petronas takeover of Progress Energy
 
The Canadian government shocked the energy industry last Friday night with the announcement that it would reject a takeover bid for Progress Energy Resources Corp. by Malaysia's Petroliam Nasional Berhad.
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BP again confirms Macondo wells secure
 
U.S. shale energy production could support 3.5 million jobs by 2035
 
Investigation report on Heimdal offshore platform submitted to PSA Norway
 
B.C. could see billions from offshore drilling, study finds
 
Statoil: New Fram field yields 10 million barrels
 
Campaign launched to push LNG exports
 
Shell begins construction on massive Prelude FLNG project
 
New oil and gas field will add two percent to UK daily production
 
BP signs heads of terms for TNK-BP share sale
 
Chesapeake announces closing of Permian Basin asset sales
 
PetroSA signs co-operation agreement with Cohydro Sarl
 
New exploration well confirms Peregrino South oil discovery
 
No. 3 storage tank of Dalian LNG terminal becomes operational
 

Energy Insights
All Energy, All the Time: Red and Black
 
In the tweeting that occurred during the third and final Presidential debate, I spotted some references to Russia and the 1980s. It makes a mockery of a nation that, from an energy perspective, is amassing an “army.” The Cold War is indeed over, but the battle for resources remains.
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Governing Energy: Safety, Safety, Safety
 
While seemingly silly and even trite these days, slogans and tag lines continue to work. Catchy sayings and repeated stances stick in our conscious. Even today, some 70 years later who among has not heard the World War II slogan, “loose lips sink ships?”
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Hitachi ‘frontrunner’ to win Horizon


FT.com - Energy
 

Hitachi ‘frontrunner’ to win Horizon
http://link.ft.com/r/0QSDPP/872CVC/JIYS70/MSAZ84/PNP8KY/N9/h?a1=2012&a2=10&a3=26
 
Drax raises £190m for eco conversion
http://link.ft.com/r/0QSDPP/872CVC/JIYS70/MSAZ84/OF3GX9/N9/h?a1=2012&a2=10&a3=26
 
BP drops ‘second generation’ ethanol plant
http://link.ft.com/r/0QSDPP/872CVC/JIYS70/MSAZ84/PNP8DR/N9/h?a1=2012&a2=10&a3=26
 
Suez and Veolia talks sombre
http://link.ft.com/r/0QSDPP/872CVC/JIYS70/MSAZ84/Z8OMF1/N9/h?a1=2012&a2=10&a3=26
 
ConocoPhillips profit drops after spin-off
http://link.ft.com/r/0QSDPP/872CVC/JIYS70/MSAZ84/875EGM/N9/h?a1=2012&a2=10&a3=26
 

Utilities company and industry news with expert analysis from the Financial Times
 

Suez and Veolia talks sombre
http://link.ft.com/r/0QSDPP/872CVC/JIYS70/MSAZ84/875EBC/N9/h?a1=2012&a2=10&a3=26
 
Hitachi ‘frontrunner’ to win Horizon
http://link.ft.com/r/0QSDPP/872CVC/JIYS70/MSAZ84/FDINVZ/N9/h?a1=2012&a2=10&a3=26
 
Drax raises £190m for eco conversion
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Mining company and industry news from the Financial Times
 

Xstrata sets date for vote on merger
http://link.ft.com/r/0QSDPP/872CVC/JIYS70/MSAZ84/K9JL59/N9/h?a1=2012&a2=10&a3=26
 
Minister says worst of mining crisis over
http://link.ft.com/r/0QSDPP/872CVC/JIYS70/MSAZ84/VTB2SL/N9/h?a1=2012&a2=10&a3=26
 
Chinese groups flock to shale gas projects
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President Declares ‘War on Entropy’

Enjoy this satirical look at the politics of energy by PCI Senior Fellow Richard Heinberg.
CDN News, October 25
(Washington, DC) At a hastily organized news conference, president Obama this morning called for a new national effort to restore America’s greatness by combating “entropy.” Mr. Obama described entropy as “a self-defeating ideology of failure” and called on Congress to replace the Law of Diminishing Returns with a new legislative agenda geared to reversing a range of trends in resource depletion and economic stagnation. “I have directed the Attorney General to identify loopholes in the Second Law of Thermodynamics,” the president said, “that would allow our nation’s prosperity to advance indefinitely.”

ANS Update: Nuclear Cafe Matinee: Large Hadron Rap!

American Nuclear Society

ANS Nuclear Cafe Matinee: Large Hadron Rap!

By pbowersox on Oct 26, 2012 01:00 am

The ANS Nuclear Cafe Matinee presents loyal readers—and loyal viewers—with an all-time great video: “Large Hadron Rap”! The video went “viral” in 2008 at about the time of the startup of the Large Hardon Collider at CERN, and has more than 7.5 … Continue reading
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