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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Energy industry eyes 100-year life cycle for nuclear plants


Energy industry eyes 100-year life cycle for nuclear plants


http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/blog/energy/2015/05/industry-eyes-100-year-life-cycle-for-nuclear.html

As Chipotle Goes GMO-free, Monsanto's Worst Fear Is Coming True—And Corporate Media Is Freaking Out

As Chipotle Goes GMO-free, Monsanto's Worst Fear Is Coming True—And Corporate Media Is Freaking Out

Chipotle's decision may compel other food brands to follow suit.

http://www.alternet.org/environment/chipotle-goes-gmo-free-monsantos-worst-fear-coming-true

Jeb Bush Says People Who Accept Climate Science Are ‘Really Arrogant’

Jeb Bush Says People Who Accept Climate Science Are ‘Really Arrogant’


http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/05/21/3661573/jeb-bush-climate-change-intellectual-arrogance/

2015 Is Crushing It For Hottest Year On Record

2015 Is Crushing It For Hottest Year On Record


http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/05/22/3662117/2015-hottest-year-record-so-far/

Climate change's future impact uncertain on Midwest water cycle, Dartmouth-led study finds

Climate change's future impact uncertain on Midwest water cycle, Dartmouth-led study finds
http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Climate_changes_future_impact_uncertain_on_Midwest_water_cycle_Dartmouth_led_study_finds_999.html

California PUC Approves 500MW of Gas for SDG&E, Rejects Alternatives


California PUC Approves 500MW of Gas for SDG&E, Rejects Alternatives

http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/California-PUC-Approves-500MW-of-Gas-For-SDGE-in-Carlsbad-Rejects-Alterna

Kerry says energy industry will decide climate battle

Kerry says energy industry will decide climate battle


http://fuelfix.com/blog/2015/05/21/kerry-says-energy-industry-will-decide-climate-battle/#31841101=0

US officials: Iran enters Iraqi fight for key oil refinery

US officials: Iran enters Iraqi fight for key oil refinery



http://fuelfix.com/blog/2015/05/22/us-officials-iran-enters-iraqi-fight-for-key-oil-refinery/#33181101=0

Top 16 U.S. Cities For Solar Power

Top 16 U.S. Cities For Solar Power



http://www.forbes.com/sites/williampentland/2015/05/22/top-16-u-s-cities-for-solar-power/

Coal’s Worst Fear Affirmed in Analysis of Obama Climate Plan (1)

Coal’s Worst Fear Affirmed in Analysis of Obama Climate Plan (1)


http://about.bnef.com/bnef-news/obama-effort-to-control-emissions-may-double-coal-plant-closures/?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=obama-effort-to-control-emissions-may-double-coal-plant-closures

Revealed: Why a Clean Energy Revolution Won't Be Easy to Achieve

Revealed: Why a Clean Energy Revolution Won't Be Easy to Achieve


http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/revealed-why-clean-energy-revolution-wont-be-easy-achieve-12950

Revealed: Why a Clean Energy Revolution Won't Be Easy to Achieve | The National Interest Blog

Revealed: Why a Clean Energy Revolution Won't Be Easy to Achieve | The National Interest Blog

Will Robots Kill the Asian Century? | The National Interest

Will Robots Kill the Asian Century? | The National Interest

Chinese Law Firm to Merge With American Firms, Employ Howard Dean, Newt Gingrich - The Intercept

Chinese Law Firm to Merge With American Firms, Employ Howard Dean, Newt Gingrich - The Intercept

Media Executives Are Salivating Over Big Money Flooding the 2016 Election Cycle - The Intercept

Media Executives Are Salivating Over Big Money Flooding the 2016 Election Cycle - The Intercept

Exclusive: Leaked Report Profiles Military, Police Members of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs - The Intercept

Exclusive: Leaked Report Profiles Military, Police Members of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs - The Intercept

Segregation is here, just look at Israel’s legal system | +972 Magazine

Segregation is here, just look at Israel’s legal system | +972 Magazine

Pope’s Morning Homily: Look to Jesus to Change Your Heart | ZENIT - The World Seen From Rome

Pope’s Morning Homily: Look to Jesus to Change Your Heart | ZENIT - The World Seen From Rome

Plant Life Management Models for Long Term Operation of Nuclear Power Plants - IAEA Nuclear Energy Series NP-T-3.18

Plant Life Management Models for Long Term Operation of Nuclear Power Plants - IAEA Nuclear Energy Series NP-T-3.18

http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/Publications/PDF/Pub1655_web.pdf ;

http://www-pub.iaea.org/books/IAEABooks/10520/Plant-Life-Management-Models-for-Long-Term-Operation-of-Nuclear-Power-Plants-

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

www-pub.iaea.orgPlant Life Management Models for Long Term Operation of Nuclear Power Plants IAEA Nuclear Energy Series NP-T-3.18

Coast to Coast and Across the Electric System, Microgrids Provide Benefits to All

Coast to Coast and Across the Electric System, Microgrids Provide Benefits to All

Dick Munson, Environmental Defense Fund
May 14, 2015 | Post Your Comment
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At the most obvious level, microgrids could disrupt today’s utilities and their regulated-monopoly business model, because they challenge the centralized paradigm. In a nutshell, microgrids are localized power grids that have the ability to disconnect from the main, centralized grid to operate independently when the main power grid experiences disturbances. Full Article http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2015/05/coast-to-coast-and-across-the-electric-system-microgrids-provide-benefits-to-all.html?eid=288118515&bid=1077409

Born from Disaster: Japan Establishes First Microgrid Community

Born from Disaster: Japan Establishes First Microgrid Community

Junko Movellan, Correspondent
May 18, 2015 | Post Your Comment
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Although Japan's Fukushima prefecture is most commonly associated with the 2011 disaster due to the nuclear power melt-down, Miyazaki prefecture, located north of Fukushima, suffered the largest death toll, close to 10,000, and the largest flood damage in the nation. Full Article http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2015/05/born-from-disaster-japans-first-microgrid-community-represents-future-of-energy.html?eid=288118515&bid=1077409

Energy Quote of the Day: Gas Plant Vote ‘Just More of the Same’ in California

Energy Quote of the Day: Gas Plant Vote ‘Just More of the Same’ in California

By Pete Danko
NRG Energy's Encina Power Station in San Diego County. Image from Google Maps street view.
Clean energy advocates in California were pretty excited two months ago when an administrative law judge told state utilities regulators they should look for preferred alternatives to approving a power purchase agreement for power from a new natural gas-fired plant in San Diego County. Alternatives like renewable energy, storage, efficiency and demand response. “This is a huge reversal

Coal Power Plants Retiring In 2015

Coal Power Plants Retiring In 2015

By Todd Griset | PretiFlaherty
Germany Plans 26 New Coal-Fired Power Plants
The U.S. portfolio of electric power plants will continue to shift in 2015, according to a federal assessment projecting that nearly 16 gigawatts (GW) of generating capacity will retire in 2015. Most of the capacity to be retired this year is coal-fired generation. http://breakingenergy.com/2015/05/22/coal-power-plants-retiring-in-2015/?utm_source=Breaking+Energy&utm_campaign=53b62b749d-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f852427a4b-53b62b749d-407304281

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Hybrid solar-and-gas power plant begins operation

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Duke Energy pleads guilty to coal ash violations

$subtitles.get($x) Duke admitted guilt to environmental violations at its coal-fired power plants in Eden, Moncure, Asheville, Goldsboro and Mount Holly … Continue Reading
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Top Power News

DOE report evaluates potential for wind power in all 50 states

Rulings require feds to consider carbon impact of coal mines

NRC begins Special Inspection at Indian Point 3 nuclear plant

Xcel has FAA approval to use drones for gas, power systems

GE launches Digital Wind Farm

WEC Report: Hydroelectric power set to double by 2050

EIA: Natural gas, coal power expected to temporarily converge

Workers seal storage bunker at nuclear waste dump

'Sunshine State' Florida badly behind on solar power

AES begins commercial operation at 1,240 MW coal plant

NRC requests more earthquake risk assessments

Cybersecurity Forum meets to discuss cyber risk assessment, management

Friday, May 22, 2015

Energy czar: State actively working to shutter Indian Point


Energy czar: State actively working to shutter Indian Point


http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2015/05/8568598/energy-czar-state-actively-working-shutter-indian-point

Best alternative to coal? Still nuclear


Best alternative to coal? Still nuclear



http://www.tylerpaper.com/TP-Editorials/219921/best-alternative-to-coal-still-nuclear

Nuclear Matters at NEA 2015



Nuclear Matters was excited to take part in this year's Nuclear Energy Assembly, which attracted hundreds of advocates from across the nuclear industry - and the country - to Washington, DC, last week.

We kicked things off by hosting a reception with over 100 attendees from our Partner organizations. Former Energy Department Secretary Spencer Abraham and Former FERC Commissioner Vicky Bailey – both Nuclear Matters Leadership Council members – spoke to the crowd about continuing our collaborative advocacy efforts to preserve America's nuclear fleet.

Nuclear Matters was also on hand for the two-day event expo, where we recruited more supporters who share our goal of preserving existing nuclear facilities and the significant contributions they provide.

Our thanks goes to event hosts at The Nuclear Energy Institute and our Partners at North American Young Generation in Nuclear for helping make the week such a success!

- The Nuclear Matters Team

P.S. Be sure to visit the Nuclear Matters Twitter, Facebook and blog for shareable content to pass along to your friends and colleagues!

Harvesting usable fuel from nuclear waste – and dealing with the last chemical troublemakers


Harvesting usable fuel from nuclear waste – and dealing with the last chemical troublemakers



https://theconversation.com/harvesting-usable-fuel-from-nuclear-waste-and-dealing-with-the-last-chemical-troublemakers-35284

Energy’s fight for power

Energy’s fight for power

Nuclear subsidies and ‘green jobs’ bills compete



http://illinoistimes.com/article-15530-energy%25E2%2580%2599s-fight-for-power.html

Areva signs up for Texas storage facility

Areva signs up for Texas storage facility


Areva Inc is to take a lead role in designing, constructing and operating a proposed interim storage facility for used nuclear fuel in Texas, after signing an agreement to be Waste Control Specialist's (WCS) exclusive primary subcontractor. NAC International is to work alongside Areva to support the project.


http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/WR-Areva-signs-up-for-Texas-storage-facility-2105157.html

How Nuclear Power Plants Protect Against Earthquakes

How Nuclear Power Plants Protect Against Earthquakes


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oUPV0kP2oU

Regulators deny request to idle California nuclear plant

Regulators deny request to idle California nuclear plant


http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article21646053.html

Two Steps Closer to National Consolidated Interim Storage Facility

Progress made on the interim option in the U.S. used nuclear fuel storage conversation …

On May 20, 2015, WCS and AREVA announced the signing of terms of agreement to develop a Consolidated Interim Storage Facility (CISF) in Texas to accept and store used nuclear fuel from U.S. reactors. This agreement details AREVA’s role and activities, including as the exclusive subcontractor for the design, development, construction, operation, and maintenance of the CISF project, and the transportation of used nuclear fuel and greater-than-Class C (GTCC) waste for the project.

On May 21, 2015, AREVA announced an agreement with NAC International to jointly support the licensing, design, construction and operation of the CISF project in Texas, led by WCS. Combined, AREVA and NAC represent 62 percent of existing dry storage systems in the U.S., including 78 percent of used nuclear fuel stored at sites where there is no longer an operating nuclear facility.

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Renewables Are Disruptive to Coal and Gas

Renewables Are Disruptive to Coal and Gas

http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2015/05/renewables-are-disruptive-to-coal-and-gas.html

Exclusive: The CIA Is Shuttering a Secretive Climate Research Program

Exclusive: The CIA Is Shuttering a Secretive Climate Research Program

Scientists used the Medea program to study how global warming could worsen conflict. Now that project has come to an end.


http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/05/cia-closing-its-main-climate-research-program

A Tale of Two Technologies: Uncle Sam didn’t frack this one up. Llewellyn King, Editor-at-Large

Uncle Sam didn’t frack this one up.
- See more at: http://www.fortnightly.com/fortnightly/2015/05/tale-two-technologies?authkey=e55a1ab596b8eca155b5d21f8dd25df6b68e6420e1c772fda4e826570eebe038#sthash.Q3hvBE6q.dpuf


http://www.fortnightly.com/fortnightly/2015/05/tale-two-technologies?authkey=e55a1ab596b8eca155b5d21f8dd25df6b68e6420e1c772fda4e826570eebe038

The High Cost of Dirty Fuels

The Opinion Pages | Editorial

The High Cost of Dirty Fuels



http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/21/opinion/the-high-cost-of-dirty-fuels.html

Shake hands with us on nuclear deal, says Rosatom

Shake hands with us on nuclear deal, says Rosatom


http://mg.co.za/article/2015-05-21-shake-hands-with-us-on-nuclear-deal-says-rosatom

CNNC confirms buying share in French nuclear firm

CNNC confirms buying share in French nuclear firm

China National Nuclear Corp (CNNC) and China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) are going to obtain stakes in French nuclear company Areva while another Chinese company is thinking about creating a joint venture, a CNNC employee told the Global Times on Thursday.

Chinese nuclear companies have already shown interest in cooperating with Areva, said an employee from the CNNC who refused to be named. "CNNC has been pushing forward cooperation with Areva in processing nuclear waste and developing safety-related control systems," he said, noting that CNNC will join French state-controlled power utility company ElĂ©ctricitĂ© de France SA (EDF) in seeking to reorganize the French nuclear sector. 

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/922987.shtml

Environmentally Friendly Electricity Production, Nuclear And Hydroelectric


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http://www.science20.com/cool_science/environmentally_friendly_electricity_production_nuclear_and_hydroelectric-155642

State senators dip into renewable energy fund to pay for homeland security

State senators dip into renewable energy fund to pay for homeland security


http://www.concordmonitor.com/news/politicalmonitor/16975920-95/state-senators-dip-into-renewable-energy-fund-to-pay-for-homeland-security#.VV0uuTIevK0.linkedin

US utilities endorse novel nuclear fuel


US utilities endorse novel nuclear fuel


http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/UF-US-utilities-endorse-novel-nuclear-fuel-1905158.aspx

Crews Begin Final Cap For Maxey Flats

Crews Begin Final Cap For Maxey Flats


http://wmky.org/post/crews-begin-final-cap-maxey-flats

The divided front negotiating with Iran

The divided front negotiating with Iran


http://thebulletin.org/divided-front-negotiating-iran8333

Navy's new laser weapon: Hype or reality?

Navy's new laser weapon: Hype or reality?


http://thebulletin.org/navys-new-laser-weapon-hype-or-reality8326

The New York Times was wrong; Russian uranium deals don't threaten world supply security.

The New York Times was wrong; Russian uranium deals don't threaten world supply security.


http://thebulletin.org/new-york-times-was-wrong-russian-uranium-deals-dont-threaten-world-supply-security8329

Power Engineering E-Newsletter 5/22

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    Consumers Energy closing second highest number of coal plants in nation
    Consumers Energy plans to retire its seven oldest coal-fired generating plants by April 2016. These plants represent 32 percent of the company’s fleet and mean that only one other energy provider in the country is retiring a larger percentage of its coal plants.
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    Entergy continues to monitor oil leak at Indian Point nuclear power plant
    Entergy (NYSE: ETR) said it continues to monitor and mitigate any impacts from an oil leak at the 2,000-MW Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York. Indian Point Unit 3 automatically shut down May 9 following the failure of one of two main electrical transformers.
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