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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Breakthrough: How To Make Nuclear Cheap

TED NORDHAUS, JESSICA LOVERING,
AND MICHAEL SHELLENBERGER
HOW
TOMAKE
NUCLEAR
CHEAP
SAFETY, READINESS,
MODULARIT
Y,
and EFFICIENCY

http://thebreakthrough.org/images/pdfs/Breakthrough_Institute_How_to_Make_Nuclear_Cheap.pdf

Out of the Nuclear Closet


Out of the Nuclear Closet

Why it's time for environmentalists to stop worrying and love the atom.
By Jessica LoveringJessica Lovering, Ted Nordhaus, and Michael Shellenberger are policy analyst, chairman, and president of the Breakthrough Institute, a public policy think tank and research organization.
 Ted Nordhaus  and Michael Shellenberger are authors of Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility and founders of the Breakthrough Institute.
, Michael Shellenberger http://foreignpolicy.com/2012/09/07/out-of-the-nuclear-closet/

The Passion of Alvin Weinberg The Humanitarian Behind China's Great Thorium Push

 

The Passion of Alvin Weinberg


The Humanitarian Behind China's Great Thorium Push

http://thebreakthrough.org/index.php/programs/energy-and-climate/the-passion-of-alvin-weinberg

Milton Shaw – How Someone You’ve Never Heard Of Shaped Nuclear Power in America


Milton Shaw – How Someone You’ve Never Heard Of Shaped Nuclear Power in America


http://nucleardiner.com/2015/01/07/milton-shaw-someone-youve-never-heard-shaped-nuclear-power-america/

Why we need nuclear power to save the environment



http://pframing.weebly.com/blog/why-we-need-nuclear-power-to-save-the-environment

North Korea Offers To Suspend Nuclear Tests (With Conditions)

North Korea Offers To Suspend Nuclear Tests (With Conditions)


http://warnewsupdates.blogspot.com/2015/01/north-korea-offers-to-suspend-nuclear.html

Cities Powered 100% By Renewable Energy?

Cities Powered 100% By Renewable Energy? Avaaz Campaign Aims To Get 100 Cities To Commit
A world full of numerous cities powered 100% by renewable energy may sound like something of a pipe dream (for now, anyways) but that isn’t stopping the noted campaigning organization Avaaz from aiming for just such a goal. Avaaz recently sent a petition to the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon, featuring the signatures of ~2.2 million people. Cities Powered 100% By Renewable Energy? Avaaz Campai
25 CleanTechnica / by James Ayre / 11h http://cleantechnica.com/2015/01/10/cities-powered-100-renewable-energy-avaaz-campaign-aims-get-100-cities-commit/

ExxonMobil claims it’s the savior of the world’s poor

ExxonMobil claims it’s the savior of the world’s poor



http://grist.org/business-technology/exxonmobil-claims-its-the-savior-of-the-worlds-poor/?utm_source=syndication&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=feed_climate&energy&utm_reader=feedly

Control System of CGN Passed Acceptance

Control System of CGN Passed Acceptance

Chief Executive Officer at Dynatom International GmbH
China Guangdong General Group announced on January 6th that the scientific research project on million-kilowatt PWR nuclear power control rod driving system passed the expert acceptance review. It marks that China has fully grasped the key technologies of control rod driving system applying for 12 and 14 feet fuel assembly.

The control rod driving system, as the only action part of the nuclear power reactor, playing role in the reactor startup, power regulation and protection functions, is the “heart” for the safe operation of the reactor. Before this, the key components and materials required by million-kilowatt nuclear power plants under construction and operation are all foreign brands that need to be imported from abroad.

Source:http://www.caea.gov.cn/n16/n1100/n1298/665256.html

Banner discarded


Banner discarded


http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/NewsDetails.aspx?storyid=393628

Exelon: Company dismantling Zion nuclear plant is running out of money


Exelon: Company dismantling Zion nuclear plant is running out of money

http://chicago.suntimes.com/business/7/71/279529/exelon-company-dismantling-zion-nuclear-plant-is-running-out-of-money

American Petroleum Institute Includes Wind in its Annual Energy Report for the First Time

American Petroleum Institute Includes Wind in its Annual Energy Report for the First Time


http://theenergycollective.com/shauna-theel/2179496/american-petroleum-institute-includes-wind-its-annual-energy-report-first-time?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Your BMW is the Answer to Grid Instability

Posted: 10 Jan 2015 08:00 AM PST
Electric vehicles are being introduced with all the bells and whistles: impeccable safety features, back-up cameras, autopilot, and of course, remarkable efficiency. But there is one additional feature that will not only impress your friends, it will help to renovate the modern electric grid into a stable network.read morehttp://theenergycollective.com/sbattaglia/2180726/your-bmw-answer-grid-instability

Nuclear Navy father honored


Nuclear Navy father honored

http://www.navytimes.com/story/military/2015/01/09/rickover-greenert-reactors-richardson/21508071/

Martingale Predicts 2020 For Production Start Of Mass-Produced NPPs

Martingale Predicts 2020 For Production Start Of Mass-Produced NPPs


http://nuclearstreet.com/nuclear_power_industry_news/b/nuclear_power_news/archive/2015/01/09/martingale-predicts-2020-for-start-of-mass-produced-npp--010902.aspx#.VLFzNidGxFU

Local Lens: Point Beach nuclear plant is an important asset for Wisconsin

Local Lens: Point Beach nuclear plant is an important asset for Wisconsin


http://www.htrnews.com/story/opinion/local-lens/2015/01/09/local-lens-point-beach-nuclear-power-plant/21510361/

French power exports jump to 10 GW as nuclear output reaches near record levels



French power exports jump to 10 GW as nuclear output reaches near record levels

 

http://www.platts.com/latest-news/electric-power/london/french-power-exports-jump-to-10-gw-as-nuclear-26978754

Nuclear power is the way to go for India: Experts

Nuclear power is the way to go for India: Experts


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Nagpur/Nuclear-power-is-the-way-to-go-for-India-Experts/articleshow/45828805.cms

Even in the Off Season, Utilities Must Prepare the Smart Grid with Storage for Natural Disasters


Even in the Off Season, Utilities Must Prepare the Smart Grid with Storage for Natural Disasters


http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2015/01/even-in-the-off-season-utilities-must-prepare-the-smart-grid-with-storage-for-natural-disasters

Carbon Capture and Sequestration Still in Fledgling Stage as Commercial Adoption Is Slow

Carbon Capture and Sequestration Still in Fledgling Stage as Commercial Adoption Is Slow

By Gordon Heft
Obama's New Proposed Regulations On Coal Energy Production Met With Ire Through Kentucky's Coal Country
Carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) is a fledgling technology still mostly relegated to demonstration projects in the U.S. and other parts of the globe. While not yet commercialized, its prospects of putting coal-fired plants on the same footing with natural gas facilities – from a carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions perspective – gives it an innovative

The Threatened Keystone XL Veto

The Threatened Keystone XL Veto

By Energy Tomorrow Blog
President Obama Speaks At Southern Site Of The Keystone Oil Pipeline
The White House’s newly issued Statement of Administration Policy, announcing that President Obama would veto current, bipartisan congressional legislation to authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline does a couple of things. First, it announces that the new era of cooperation between the president and the new Congress on issues that have consensus support –

Friday, January 9, 2015

$1.2 trillion in new nuclear power projects by 2030

$1.2 trillion in new nuclear power projects by 2030


http://nextbigfuture.com/2015/01/12-trillion-in-new-nuclear-power.html

Everything Has Changed: Oil, Saudi Arabia, and the End of OPEC

Everything Has Changed: Oil, Saudi Arabia, and the End of OPEC


http://theenergycollective.com/eliashinckley/2181166/oil-prices-saudi-arabia-and-end-of-opec

Global Clean Energy Investment Jumps 16 Percent in 2014

Global Clean Energy Investment Jumps 16 Percent in 2014


http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2015/01/global-clean-energy-investment-jumps-16-percent-in-2014?cmpid=rss

Murkowski plans for comprehensive energy bill

Murkowski plans for comprehensive energy bill


http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/murkowski-planning-big-energy-bill/article/2558388

ISO New England Issues Statement on Entergy’s Announcement to Retire Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant


press release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Ellen Foley, ISO New England Inc.
(413) 535-4139
(413) 540-4483
ISO New England
Issues Statement on Entergy’s
Announcement to Retire Vermont Yankee Nuclear
Plant

http://www.iso-ne.com/nwsiss/pr/2013/iso_new_england_issues_statement_vy_retirement_final.pdf

Current World Energy Demand, Ethical World Energy Demand, Depleted Uranium and the Centuries to Come | Brave New Climate

Current World Energy Demand, Ethical World Energy Demand, Depleted Uranium and the Centuries to Come | Brave New Climate

http://bravenewclimate.com/2014/12/29/current-world-energy-demand-ethical-world-energy-demand-depleted-uranium-and-the-centuries-to-come/

Five U.S. Electricity Myths Debunked

Five U.S. Electricity Myths Debunked

Nuclear power is the greenest option, say top scientists

Nuclear power is the greenest option, say top scientists


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/nuclear-power-is-the-greenest-option-say-top-scientists-9955997.html

Nuclear Energy, Part of Mix

Nuclear Energy, Part of Mix


http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/26/opinion/nuclear-energy-part-of-mix.html

Ending the assassination and oppression of Iranian nuclear scientists

Ending the assassination and oppression of Iranian nuclear scientists


http://bos.sagepub.com/content/71/1/46.abstract

Market reforms needed to prevent US closures


Market reforms needed to prevent US closures

As Fitch warns that market reforms are needed to prevent a premature reduction in US nuclear power capacity, a report from Illinois proposes market solutions to head off the threatened closure of five Exelon reactors. 
http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/C-Market-reforms-needed-to-prevent-US-closures-0801157.html

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Cape Wind Loses Power Contracts, Becomes Victim of Class Warfare

Cape Wind Loses Power Contracts, Becomes Victim of Class Warfare


http://theenergycollective.com/stephenlacey/2180346/cape-wind-loses-power-contracts-becomes-victim-class-warfare

Here's What Earth Would Look Like If Only 100 People Lived Here



Here's What Earth Would Look Like If Only 100 People Lived Here

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-world-as-100-people-2015-1?nr_email_referer=1&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Business%20Insider%20Select&utm_campaign=BI%20Select%20%28Wednesday%20Friday%29%202015-01-09&utm_content=BISelect

Secretary Moniz Announces $125 Million OPEN Solicitation For Transformational Energy Projects


Secretary Moniz Announces $125 Million OPEN Solicitation For Transformational Energy Projects

http://breakingenergy.com/2015/01/08/secretary-moniz-announces-125-million-open-solicitation-for-transformational-energy-projects/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Utility%20Dive&utm_campaign=Issue%3A%202015-01-09%20Utility%20Dive%20Newsletter

EEI: Utilities spent a record $37B on new T&D in 2013

EEI: Utilities spent a record $37B on new T&D in 2013


http://www.utilitydive.com/news/eei-utilities-spent-a-record-37b-on-new-td-in-2013/350592/

Can California really get to 50% renewables in 15 years?

Can California really get to 50% renewables in 15 years?

“We are ready, but we have to get our boots on and navigate some tough territory.”


http://www.utilitydive.com/news/can-california-really-get-to-50-renewables-in-15-years/350601/

Illinois study lays out options, alternatives for Exelon nuclear plants


Illinois study lays out options, alternatives for Exelon nuclear plants

http://www.utilitydive.com/news/illinois-study-lays-out-options-alternatives-for-exelon-nuclear-plants/350636/

South Korean experts to visit Japan for review of Fukushima seafood import ban

South Korean experts to visit Japan for review of Fukushima seafood import ban

Seoul considering lift on ban of imports of all fishery products from eight Japanese prefectures put in place after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis

http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1677821/south-korean-experts-visit-japan-review-fukushima-seafood-import-ban

Moscow, Tehran to Discuss Iranian Nuclear Program on January 12: Diplomat


Moscow, Tehran to Discuss Iranian Nuclear Program on January 12: Diplomat

http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20150109/1016718313.html

Can Safe Nuclear Tech Straddle Russian Tensions?


Can Safe Nuclear Tech Straddle Russian Tensions?

Bulgaria is trying to use new tech to map a path between Putin and the West.
http://www.fastcompany.com/3038453/can-safe-nuclear-tech-straddle-russian-tensions

Nuclear Energy Facilities Going Strong to Counter Arctic Deep Freeze



Nuclear Energy Facilities Going Strong to Counter Arctic Deep Freeze

- See more at: http://globenewswire.com/news-release/2015/01/08/696085/10114802/en/Nuclear-Energy-Facilities-Going-Strong-to-Counter-Arctic-Deep-Freeze.html#sthash.2PguJlIc.dpuf
http://globenewswire.com/news-release/2015/01/08/696085/10114802/en/Nuclear-Energy-Facilities-Going-Strong-to-Counter-Arctic-Deep-Freeze.html

Nuclear Market Trends, Opportunities and Forecast 2013-2018 shared in new report


Nuclear Market Trends, Opportunities and Forecast 2013-2018 shared in new report

http://www.whatech.com/market-research-reports/press-release/industrial/38388-nuclear-market-trends-opportunities-and-forecast-2013-2018-shared-in-new-report

TVO may cut jobs due to delayed nuclear reactor, low power prices


TVO may cut jobs due to delayed nuclear reactor, low power prices

http://www.power-eng.com/articles/2015/01/tvo-may-cut-jobs-due-to-delayed-nuclear-reactor-low-power-prices.html

IL Report: Quad Cities Power Plant Least Profitable On Possible Closure List

IL Report: Quad Cities Power Plant Least Profitable On Possible Closure List


http://kwqc.com/2015/01/08/il-report-quad-cities-power-plant-least-profitable-on-possible-closure-list/

Can an Advanced Nuclear Reactor Design Ever Be Approved in the US?

Can an Advanced Nuclear Reactor Design Ever Be Approved in the US?


http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/Can-an-Advanced-Nuclear-Reactor-Design-Ever-Be-Approved-in-the-US

Could congressional sanctions on Palestinians backfire for Israel?


January 09, 2015

Could congressional sanctions on Palestinians backfire for Israel?

By Josh Ruebner, contributor

In their unstinting zeal to safeguard Israel's stranglehold over the Palestinians, members of Congress may have inadvertently set the stage for the materialization of Israel's nightmare scenario: the collapse of the Palestinian Authority (PA). As the new 114th Congress gets underway, here's how the law of unintended consequences could unfold over the next few years.
In the consolidated appropriations bill passed last month, Congress renewed a provision that would cut off all economic assistance to the PA if "the Palestinians initiate an International Criminal Court [ICC] judicially authorized investigation, or actively support such an investigation, that subjects Israeli nationals to an investigation for alleged crimes against Palestinians."

US NRC Blog Update Improving Our Aim for Consistent Reactor Oversight

Improving Our Aim for Consistent Reactor Oversight

Scott Morris
Director, Division of Inspection and Regional Support
Climate, geography and even accent may vary from state to state, but NRC’s regulations don’t, — and neither should our approach to applying them. So when someone suggests we might do a better job in consistently carrying out our mission, we listen carefully and act accordingly. We’ve followed this approach in following up on a September 2013 report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
npp3The GAO looked at how our Reactor Oversight Process objectively examines reactor safety based on inspection results and performance statistics. The report said we consistently and accurately respond to significant issues.
The GAO found, however, that the NRC’s four regional offices produced varied results when assessing the least-significant issues, such as improper maintenance for minor electrical transformers at a plant. While this programmatic variation fell short of creating a safety issue, the report recommended we look into this inconsistency.
Staff from our Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation studied the regions’ approach to evaluating the least safety-significant inspection findings. The study also examined regional differences in dealing with “non-escalated enforcement” matters — plants must correct these issues, but they frequently fall short of the criteria for a formal NRC finding.
The staff’s study consisted of conducting “table-top” exercises to see how each region reviewed very low-significance issues. The study listened to resident inspectors at the plants as well as region-based inspectors and their supervisors.
The staff’s study and discussions with regional management and staff, along with some employees at headquarters, led to a few conclusions. First, the staff confirmed the results of the GAO’s review that there are indeed regional differences in implementing some reactor oversight program guidance. Secondly, the NRC’s guidance could benefit from some clarification to help the inspectors when it comes to evaluating very-low-significance issues. Finally, the agency’s annual self-assessments of the entire oversight process to date have been focused on dealing with significant issues, so the assessments didn’t consider or evaluate the regional differences with the least safety-significant inspection findings. This meant the inconsistencies went on longer than they otherwise might have.
The staff’s study looked at potential causes for the varying regional approaches. One area showed the agency devotes a lot of effort to training but that training and knowledge management results weren’t always shared as widely as possible. This meant that potential inconsistencies in training across regions should be addressed. The staff’s study saw no connection between inspector experience and the regional differences.
The staff’s study showed that the NRC can improve its objectivity and predictability in dealing with very-low-significance inspection findings. Management in the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation will consider changes that include enhancing review procedures, standardizing inspector training and revising the self-assessment process.

ThorCon – Demonstrated Molten Salt Tech Packaged With Modern Construction Techniques


ThorCon – Demonstrated Molten Salt Tech Packaged With Modern Construction Techniques


ThorCon is a packaged nuclear power plant concept from Martingale, Inc. that is designed to wring capital costs out of nuclear plant construction. The company visionaries have recognized that the biggest hurdles to building new actinide-fueled reactors are the initial capital investment along with the excessive required construction lead time.

Instead of complaining that “the market” does not reward carefully crafted works of industrial art designed to last for sixty to one hundred years with lucrative paybacks delayed for three or four decades after final investment decisions, the ThorCon design team started with the notion that product designers must create offerings that satisfy market demands.

Rod Adams
Publisher, Atomic Insights

Fukushima Commentary 1/9/15

Fukushima Commentary 1/9/15

Japan NRA Chief makes no sense about nuke restart safety

Japan’s chief nuke watchdog says restarting nukes face particularly dangerous risks of accidents. Tanaka gave two reasons for his statement. Both of his reasons make little or no sense.

http://www.hiroshimasyndrome.com/fukushima-commentary.html

Chinese nuclear physicist Yu Min receives nation's top science award - Xinhua

Chinese nuclear physicist Yu Min receives nation's top science award - Xinhua Chinese nuclear physicist Yu Min won China's top science and technology accolade on Friday. Chinese President Xi Jinping presented the award to Yu, an academic at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, at a high-profile annual ceremony held to honor distinguished scientists and research achievements.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2015-01/09/c_133908089.htm?utm_source=The+Sinocism+China+Newsletter&utm_campaign=2e878067fb-Sinocism01_09_15&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_171f237867-2e878067fb-29615013&mc_cid=2e878067fb&mc_eid=5935182a65

How Much Fossil Fuel Should Be Left in the Ground?


How Much Fossil Fuel Should Be Left in the Ground?

A new study pinpoints the type and location of fossil fuels that should remain unburned if the world is to meet its climate goal.


http://www.technologyreview.com/news/533956/how-much-fossil-fuel-should-be-left-in-the-ground/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_source=newsletter-daily-all&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20150109

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Grid Batteries for Wind, Solar Find First Customers

Grid Batteries for Wind, Solar Find First Customers

Niche applications will help advanced power-grid-battery technology.

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/534096/grid-batteries-for-wind-solar-find-first-customers/

US Grid Company (USGRDCO)

Dear Friends,

I am writing to let you know that, effective January 1,  I have left Akin Gump and the practice of law in order to create a new company in the electric power distribution business. The company, US Grid Company (USGRDCO),  is focused on strengthening the reliability, resilience, cybersecurity, efficiency and renewable integration of the nation’s electric distribution system.

I will be creating this company with two cofounders – Ray Gogel , former Chief Information Officer, Chief Administrative Officer and President of  Customer and Enterprise Solutions of Xcel Energy, and David Mohler, who served as Chief Technology Officer of Duke Energy, among other senior roles – as well as other senior professionals in the system design, project management and finance areas.

Our objective in forming USGRDCO is to transform today’s power delivery system by paving the way to the utility of the future in a way that customers can afford and that protects the utilities’ financial health so that they can serve the needs of all segments of society.

In particular, USGRDCO will focus on:

1.       Financing and ownership of distribution system improvements through innovative ownership and financing structures that will facilitate the making and regulatory approval of the investments required to strengthen the distribution system.
2.       Design and implementation of the system upgrades needed to resolve the challenges to the nation’s electric distribution system and to provide greater physical and cyber-security reliability, greater certainty of system performance, and cost and operating efficiencies that lead to lower costs.
3.       Commercial development of reliability resources, including micro-grids, energy storage for grid management and stability, micro-turbines and energy efficiency and demand side management.
4.       Investment in excellent grid companies.
5.       Regulatory, legislative, executive and public advocacy in support of policies to strengthen the nation’s electric distribution system infrastructure and to help create the utility model of the future.

I can be reached at:

Jacob J. Worenklein
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
US Grid Company (USGRDCO)
1177 Avenue of the Americas, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10036

My best wishes to each of you. I look forward to staying in touch.
Jay

Science at risk as young researchers increasingly denied research grants


Science at risk as young researchers increasingly denied research grants

http://phys.org/news/2015-01-science-young-increasingly-denied-grants.html

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Keystone oil pipeline backers win in SD, set back by White House

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Carbon Counterattack How Big Oil Is Responding to the Anti-Carbon Moment

Carbon Counterattack
How Big Oil Is Responding to the Anti-Carbon Moment
By Michael T. Klare
Around the world, carbon-based fuels are under attack. Increasingly grim economic pressures, growing popular resistance, and the efforts of government regulators have all shocked the energy industry. Oil prices are falling, colleges and universities are divesting from their carbon stocks, voters are instituting curbs on hydro-fracking, and delegates at the U.N. climate conference in Peru have agreed to impose substantial restrictions on global carbon emissions at a conference in Paris later in the year. All this has been accompanied by what might be viewed as a moral assault on the very act of extracting carbon-based fuels from the earth, in which the major oil, gas, and coal companies find themselves portrayed as the enemies of humankind.
Under such pressures, you might assume that Big Energy would react defensively, perhaps apologizing for its role in spurring climate change while assuming a leadership position in planning for the transition to a post-carbon economy. But you would be wrong: instead of retreating, the major companies have gone on the offensive, extolling their contributions to human progress and minimizing the potential for renewables to replace fossil fuels in just about any imaginable future.
Click here to read more of this dispatch.http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175940/tomgram%3A_michael_klare%2C_perpetuating_the_reign_of_carbon/#more

Leave coal, oil in ground for climate's sake: study

Leave coal, oil in ground for climate's sake: study
Paris (AFP) Jan 7, 2015 - The Middle East must leave 40 percent of its oil reserves in the ground, and China, the US and Russia most of their coal if global warming is to be curbed, researchers said Wednesday. Globally, a third of oil, half of gas and over 80 percent of coal reserves must be left untouched until 2050, according to a novel breakdown of "unburnable" fossil-fuel stocks published in the journal Nature. ... morehttp://www.terradaily.com/reports/Leave_coal_oil_in_ground_for_climates_sake_study_999.html

Shale player pulls plug on Ukraine

Shale player pulls plug on Ukraine
London (UPI) Jan 7, 2015 - The economic climate in Ukraine is no longer conducive to continue investing in shale natural gas opportunities, producer JKX Oil & Gas said Wednesday. "The board of JKX has decided that the combination of Ukrainian Government-imposed restrictions on selling its gas to industrial clients and the punitive rate of gas production tax requires the company to suspend its planned 2015 capital ... morehttp://www.oilgasdaily.com/reports/Shale_player_pulls_plug_on_Ukraine_999.html

China to invest $20 bn in struggling Venezuela: Maduro

China to invest $20 bn in struggling Venezuela: Maduro
Caracas (AFP) Jan 7, 2015 - China has agreed to more than $20 billion in investments in economically struggling Venezuela, the South American nation's president Nicolas Maduro said Wednesday during a summit meeting in Beijing. Maduro arrived on Tuesday in Beijing, where he has been meeting China's President Xi Jinping, at a critical time for Venezuela, which is in the throes of financial crisis from falling oil prices. ... morehttp://www.oilgasdaily.com/reports/China_to_invest_20_bn_in_struggling_Venezuela_Maduro_999.html

Aquion Energy to build microgrid battery system in Hawaii


Aquion Energy to build microgrid battery system in Hawaii
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) Jan 08, 2015 - Aquion Energy has announced that it has signed an agreement to supply a 1 megawatt-hour (MWh) battery system as part of an off-grid solar microgrid at Bakken Hale on the Island of Hawaii. Bakken Hale, a private residential estate, is located along the environmentally sensitive Kona Coast. The Aquion battery system will store energy generated from a large on-site solar installation and will enabl ... more
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Aquion_Energy_cuts_deal_for_major_microgrid_battery_system_in_Hawaii_999.html

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Says Iran Must ‘Immunize’ Itself Against Nuclear Sanctions

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Says Iran Must ‘Immunize’ Itself Against Nuclear Sanctions


http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/01/08/ayatollah-ali-khamenei-says-iran-must-%E2%80%98immunize%E2%80%99-itself-against-nuclear-sanctions/

The real threat from North Korea is the nuclear arsenal built over the last decade


The real threat from North Korea is the nuclear arsenal built over the last decade

http://thebulletin.org/real-threat-north-korea-nuclear-arsenal-built-over-last-decade7883

European group receives Swedish regulator's revised post-Fukushima action plan

  European group receives Swedish regulator's revised post-Fukushima action plan
The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority has submitted a revised post-Fukushima safety action plan to the European Nuclear Safety Regulators Group. The plan includes the introduction of independent core cooling requirements at nuclear power plants. It is "highly likely that the majority of necessary technical and administrative measures will be implemented after 2015, due to a high degree of complexity," the Swedish regulator said. World Nuclear Newshttp://www.world-nuclear-news.org/RS-Sweden-submits-revised-action-plan-0701152.html

Davis-Besse Nuclear Facility Generates More Than $1 Billion/Year for Ohio


Davis-Besse Nuclear Facility Generates More Than $1 Billion/Year for Ohio

NEI Study Confirms FirstEnergy's Facility Boosts Tax Base, Brings 1000s of Jobs


http://www.nei.org/News-Media/Media-Room/News-Releases/Davis-Besse-Nuclear-Facility-Generates-More-Than-1?utm_source=MagnetMail&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=NR:%20Davis-Besse%20Report,%20010815&utm_content=Davis-Besse%20Nuclear%20Facility%20Generates%20More%20Than%20$1%20Billion/Year%20for%20Ohio&utm_campaign=General

SRNS scores ‘good’ on evaluation


SRNS scores ‘good’ on evaluation

http://www.aikenstandard.com/article/20150107/AIK0101/150109599/1002/AIK01/srns-scores-good-on-evaluation

N.H. Electricity Rate Increases Shock Residents


N.H. Electricity Rate Increases Shock Residents

Customers, Businesses Seek Ways Around Seasonal Price Spikes

http://www.vnews.com/home/15055646-95/nh-electricityrate-increases-shock-residents

Terrestrial Energy moves forward on molten salt reactor

Terrestrial Energy moves forward on molten salt reactor
Canadian company Terrestrial Energy is to collaborate with the USA's Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop its molten salt reactor to the engineering blueprint stage.http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/NN-Terrestrial-Energy-moves-forward-on-molten-salt-reactor-0801158.html

Asia to lead nuclear investment to 2030, says WNA

Asia to lead nuclear investment to 2030, says WNA
Investments totalling some $1.2 trillion could be made in new nuclear power projects around the world, according to the latest forecast by the World Nuclear Association (WNA). More than half of this total will be made in Asia.http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/NN-Asia-to-lead-nuclear-investment-to-2030-0801154.html

Fukushima Update 1/8/15

Fukushima Update 1/8/15

Japan’s NRA will begin assessing nukes for anti-terrorist measures… Niigata’s governor refuses to allow the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa station to restart… Kansai Electric Co. and Japan Atomic Power to decide on the fate of older units… NRA Chair Shunichi Tanaka says 2015 will be a crucial year for nuclear safety… The IAEA will assess Fukushima and Kashiwazaki-Kariwa in mid-February… Japan’s GEPR group has posted an informative radiation-based video interview… Nuke evacuees are not the only post-3/11/11 litigious demographic.

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

Nuclear plant officials meeting with NRC about radiation assessment


  • Nuclear plant officials meeting with NRC about radiation assessment

  • NRC: Palisades workers in no danger, but proper training at issue
  • http://www.hollandsentinel.com/article/20150107/NEWS/150109400

    NRC accepting comments on Vermont Yankee closing

    NRC accepting comments on Vermont Yankee closing


    https://vtdigger.org/2015/01/07/nrc-accepting-comments-vermont-yankee-closing/

    How U.S. Power Generators Are Preparing for 2015 | POWER Magazine

    How U.S. Power Generators Are Preparing for 2015 | POWER Magazine

    The Urge to Merge, or Vice Versa?


    The Urge to Merge, or Vice Versa?

    http://www.powermag.com/the-urge-to-merge-or-vice-versa/?hq_e=el&hq_m=3008568&hq_l=27&hq_v=30108e0773

    Fuel Economics Will Drive 2015 U.S. Power Markets


    Fuel Economics Will Drive 2015 U.S. Power Markets

    http://www.powermag.com/fuel-economics-will-drive-2015-u-s-power-markets/?hq_e=el&hq_m=3008568&hq_l=23&hq_v=30108e0773

    AEP Looks to Sell Merchant Coal Fleet

     

    AEP Looks to Sell Merchant Coal Fleet

    http://www.powermag.com/aep-looks-to-sell-merchant-coal-fleet/?hq_e=el&hq_m=3008568&hq_l=17&hq_v=30108e0773

    Ginna May Be Next Nuke Plant on Chopping Block

    Ginna May Be Next Nuke Plant on Chopping Block


    http://www.powermag.com/ginna-may-be-next-nuke-plant-on-chopping-block/?hq_e=el&hq_m=3008568&hq_l=15&hq_v=30108e0773

    Vermont Just Lost 70% of Its Power From This Nuclear Shutdown

    Vermont Just Lost 70% of Its Power From This Nuclear Shutdown


    http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2015/01/07/vermont-just-lost-70-of-its-power-from-this-nuclea.aspx

    Gas Price Drop Raises Risk for Aging Coal, Nuclear Power


    Gas Price Drop Raises Risk for Aging Coal, Nuclear Power

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2015-01-07/gas-price-drop-raises-risk-for-endangered-coal-and-nuclear-power.html

    China and South Korea reportedly agree on non-nuclear North Korea

    China and South Korea reportedly agree on non-nuclear North Korea


    http://www.bignewsnetwork.com/index.php/sid/229104587

    China-US rivalry fuels tensions in South China Sea

    China-US rivalry fuels tensions in South China Sea


    http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/the-reason-behind-beijings-oil-exploration-in-south-china-sea/article6764217.ece

    US Be Warned; China, N. Korea Have Weapons, Systems That Can Reach Mainland

    US Be Warned; China, N. Korea Have Weapons, Systems That Can Reach Mainland


    http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/578340/20150107/china-north-korea-weapons-systems-nuclear.htm#.VK7RYSdGxFU

    The nuclear future of Pakistan

    The nuclear future of Pakistan

    The faster the world is entering the age of space technology coupled with electronic jamming systems and missile defence systems, the quicker nuclear bombs are losing their importance as annihilating instruments

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/opinion/07-Jan-2015/the-nuclear-future-of-pakistan

    China Nuclear: Buy Or Sell? UBS vs. Deutsche

    China Nuclear: Buy Or Sell? UBS vs. Deutsche


    http://blogs.barrons.com/asiastocks/2015/01/07/china-nuclear-buy-or-sell-ubs-vs-deutsche/

    Martingale Reveals Design for Mass-Produced Nuclear Power Plants

     

    Martingale Reveals Design for Mass-Produced Nuclear Power Plants

    Martingale reveals a bold approach to solving the global issues of poverty, pollution, energy security, and climate. The ThorCon liquid-fuel nuclear reactor design is detailed at thorconpower.com.

    http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/01/prweb12422236.htm

    Nuclear Power Turns To Salt

    Nuclear Power Turns To Salt

    Today, the United States Department of Energy announced that its Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee is partnering with Canadian nuclear company Terrestrial Energy Inc. (TEI) to assist with TEI’s new Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR). The engineering blueprint stage for this GenIV reactor should be reached in two years. The reactor should come online in less than ten.
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2015/01/07/nuclear-power-turns-to-salt/

    Nuclear waste storage issues can be addressed

    Nuclear waste storage issues can be addressed


    http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/opinion/contributors/2015/01/07/nuclear-waste-storage-issues-can-addressed/21392143/

    An Expansion of Facilities and Expertise to Develop Advanced Nuclear Fuels

    http://issuu.com/bickers/docs/nc_edition_20/34?utm_source=Nuclear+Connect&utm_campaign=e824b13b9b-NC20_Feature_Preview&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_be9a2d56ac-e824b13b9b-105243229

    The Changing Nuclear Landscape: The Rise of the Southwest

    http://issuu.com/bickers/docs/nc_edition_20/58?utm_source=Nuclear+Connect&utm_campaign=e824b13b9b-NC20_Feature_Preview&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_be9a2d56ac-e824b13b9b-105243229

    The Shape of Nuclear Yet to Come

    http://issuu.com/bickers/docs/nc_edition_20/6?utm_source=Nuclear+Connect&utm_campaign=e824b13b9b-NC20_Feature_Preview&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_be9a2d56ac-e824b13b9b-105243229

    South Korea Notes 'Significant' North Korean Nuclear Advances

    South Korea Notes 'Significant' North Korean Nuclear Advances


    http://thediplomat.com/2015/01/south-korea-notes-significant-north-korean-nuclear-advances/

    Will Fracking, Climate Change, Solar Reshape US Security?

    Will Fracking, Climate Change, Solar Reshape US Security?

    By Jared Anderson and Colin Clark
    Oil-sea-routes-map
    Energy sources and related commodities have driven national security issues ever since the modern nation-state was born with the Peace of Westphalia. Oak made Spain and England’s stout sailing ships. Water energy and wind drove mills and moved water. Wood and coal moved steamships. Then came the almost magical commodity of oil, packed with energy. World War II

    Kazakhstan's First Nuclear Plant May Be A Westinghouse AP1000

    Kazakhstan's First Nuclear Plant May Be A Westinghouse AP1000


    http://nuclearstreet.com/nuclear_power_industry_news/b/nuclear_power_news/archive/2015/01/06/kazakhstan_2700_s-first-nuclear-plant-may-be-a-westinghouse-ap1000-010602.aspx#.VK68qSdGxFU

    Nuclear power best answer to climate change, scientists claim


    Nuclear power best answer to climate change, scientists claim

    http://www.edie.net/news/6/Nuclear-power-good-or-bad-for-the-environment-UK-report-2015/

    Nuclear Reactor Pressure Vessel and Head - Global Market Size, Competitive Landscape and Key Country Analysis to 2020


    Nuclear Reactor Pressure Vessel and Head - Global Market Size, Competitive Landscape and Key Country Analysis to 2020

    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nuclear-reactor-pressure-vessel-and-head---global-market-size-competitive-landscape-and-key-country-analysis-to-2020-300016682.html

    United States: Nuclear Power International Panel: Economics, Policy, And Regulation

     

    United States: Nuclear Power International Panel: Economics, Policy, And Regulation

    http://www.mondaq.com/unitedstates/x/364350/Insurance/Nuclear+Power+International+Panel+Economics+Policy+and+Regulation

    Nuclear Power in Canada, Market Outlook to 2025, Update 2014 - Capacity, Generation, Regulations and Company Profiles

    Nuclear Power in Canada, Market Outlook to 2025, Update 2014 - Capacity, Generation, Regulations and Company Profiles


    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nuclear-power-in-canada-market-outlook-to-2025-update-2014---capacity-generation-regulations-and-company-profiles-300016690.html

    Nuclear power wrongfully stigmatized. It’s essential to scrapping fossil fuel, top biologists say


    Nuclear power wrongfully stigmatized. It’s essential to scrapping fossil fuel, top biologists say

    http://www.zmescience.com/ecology/green-living/nuclear-power-essential-biologists-say-0543543/

    Record production in 2014 from Northwest nuclear power plant


    Record production in 2014 from Northwest nuclear power plant

    The only nuclear power plant in the Northwest, the Columbia Generating Station at Richland, produced more electricity in 2014 than in any year in its 30 year history.
    http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2025397165_nuclearpowerxml.html

    Big chill roils Northeast markets for spot power, natural gas


    Big chill roils Northeast markets for spot power, natural gas

    http://www.power-eng.com/articles/2015/01/big-chill-roils-northeast-markets-for-spot-power-natural-gas.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Utility%20Dive&utm_campaign=Issue%3A%202015-01-08%20Utility%20Dive%20Newsletter

    Where the energy storage expansion will happen first and why

    Where the energy storage expansion will happen first and why

    The commercial-industrial segment of the market is ready to buy in



    http://www.utilitydive.com/news/where-the-energy-storage-expansion-will-happen-first-and-why/346265/

    Cape Wind hit with new setback as two utilities back out of PPAs


    Cape Wind hit with new setback as two utilities back out of PPAs


    http://www.utilitydive.com/news/cape-wind-hit-with-new-setback-as-two-utilities-back-out-of-ppas/350015/

    EPA delays Clean Power Plan regulations until summer

    EPA delays Clean Power Plan regulations until summer


    http://www.utilitydive.com/news/epa-delays-clean-power-plan-regulations-until-summer/349801/

    GEPR video on Radiation and Press reports "Is Fukushima Dangerous? -- Distorted images of Japan - Morley Robertson × Nobuo Ikeda"

    specific to the Fukushima Accident. The following link is to an excellent video "Is Fukushima Dangerous? -- Distorted images of Japan - Morley Robertson × Nobuo Ikeda". Ikeda is the head of GEPR and Robertson is a "Japanese-Caucasian" journalist in Japan. They show how the largely non-sensationalist antinuclear reports out of Japan become sensationalized by the West, distorting what is really happening over there. There are a few things I found surprising, but check them out for yourself.

    Warning: the video is an hour long and occasionally interspersed with summations in Japanese that are about 5 minutes each.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4752ZOpfSxk#t=18

    (GEPR home page) - http://www.gepr.org/en/

    Your friendly Fukushima fact-finder,
    Les Corrice

    Monday, January 5, 2015

    Editor's Note

    Dear Readers
    I will be in New York attending funeral services and thus will not be posting for the next two days for the most part. Will return Thursday, January 8th.
    Thank you.
    The Management

    Exelon-Pepco merger in dispute, heads toward hearing

    Exelon-Pepco merger in dispute, heads toward hearing


    http://www.delawareonline.com/story/money/business/2015/01/03/exelon-merger-delaware/21231091/

    Pilgrim nuclear plant expands waste storage to concrete casks

    Pilgrim nuclear plant expands waste storage to concrete casks


    http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2015/01/02/pilgrim-nuclear-plant-expands-waste-storage-concrete-casks/is3QAOkInuAkZS0LnTyq6N/story.html