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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Quad Cities Nuclear Plant May Be Retired


Quad Cities Nuclear Plant May Be Retired


http://www.powermag.com/quad-cities-nuclear-plant-likely-doomed-exelon-says/

Hackers can remotely take over Nuclear Power Plants by exploiting vulnerability in IES


Hackers can remotely take over Nuclear Power Plants by exploiting vulnerability in IES


http://www.techworm.net/2015/08/security-flaws-in-industrial-ethernet-switches.html

Seabrook Station In New Hampshire Passes Environmental Review For License Extension

Seabrook Station In New Hampshire Passes Environmental Review For License Extension


http://nuclearstreet.com/nuclear_power_industry_news/b/nuclear_power_news/archive/2015/07/30/seabrook-npp-in-new-hampshire-passes-environmental-review-for-license-extension-073001.aspx#.Vb0H3kWKI-8

Nix The Nixon-Era Energy Policies

Nix The Nixon-Era Energy Policies


http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2015/07/29/our-energy-policies-are-stuck-in-the-70s/

How to Think About Climate Risk in the Anthropocene


How to Think About Climate Risk in the Anthropocene


Climate Change Politics Post-Two Degrees


http://thebreakthrough.org/index.php/dialogue/ecomodernist-approaches-to-climate-risk

What Is the Economics of Ecomodernism?

 

What Is the Economics of Ecomodernism?


http://thebreakthrough.org/index.php/dialogue/economics-of-ecomodernism

San Onofre Nuclear Power Station Emergency Backup Diesel Generators Flawed for Nearly 3 Decades

San Onofre Nuclear Power Station Emergency Backup Diesel Generators Flawed for Nearly 3 Decades


https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/07/31/san-onofre-emergency-backup-diesel-generators-flawed-for-nearly-three-decades/

Don't Give Up on Small Modular Reactors By William Tucker


Don't Give Up on Small Modular Reactors

By William Tuckerhttp://www.realclearenergy.org/articles/2015/07/31/dont_give_up_on_small_modular_reactors__108639.html

Resiliency Rebuilding and Disaster Prep in Urban Areas | The Energy Collective

Resiliency Rebuilding and Disaster Prep in Urban Areas | The Energy Collective

Tepco Says It Has Control Of Groundwater In Critical Trenches At Stricken Plant

Tepco Says It Has Control Of Groundwater In Critical Trenches At Stricken Plant


http://nuclearstreet.com/nuclear_power_industry_news/b/nuclear_power_news/archive/2015/07/31/tepco-says-it-has-control-of-groundwater-in-critical-trenches-at-stricken-plant-073101.aspx#.Vb0DnUWKI-8

A Reality Check For U.S. Natural Gas Ambitions

A Reality Check For U.S. Natural Gas Ambitions



http://oilprice.com/Energy/Natural-Gas/A-Reality-Check-For-US-Natural-Gas-Ambitions.html

Without Coal, Is The Grid Reliable?

Without Coal, Is The Grid Reliable?



http://netnebraska.org/article/news/984631/without-coal-grid-reliable

Nuclear Reactors 275 - Russian Activist Says That South Africa Should Not Buy Russian Reactors -


Nuclear Reactors 275 - Russian Activist Says That South Africa Should Not Buy Russian Reactors - See more at: http://nucleotidings.com/article/nuclear-reactors-275-russian-activist-says-that-south-africa-should-not-buy-russian-reactors#sthash.QAQI1HRX.dpuf

http://nucleotidings.com/article/nuclear-reactors-275-russian-activist-says-that-south-africa-should-not-buy-russian-reactors

China will build three large nuclear-powered aircraft carrier with electromagnetic catapults

China will build three large nuclear-powered aircraft carrier with electromagnetic catapults


http://nextbigfuture.com/2015/07/china-will-build-three-large-nuclear.html

Health fallout from Fukushima mainly mental: studies

Health fallout from Fukushima mainly mental: studies
http://www.nuclearpowerdaily.com/reports/Health_fallout_from_Fukushima_mainly_mental_studies_999.html

Nuclear Industry Future Far From Clear

Nuclear Industry Future Far From Clear


http://oilprice.com/Alternative-Energy/Nuclear-Power/Nuclear-Industry-Future-Far-From-Clear.html

Nimby Nation: The High Cost To America Of Saying No To Everything

Nimby Nation: The High Cost To America Of Saying No To Everything


http://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherhelman/2015/07/30/nimby-nation-the-high-cost-to-america-of-saying-no-to-everything/?ss=energy

Saudi cutbacks may mean bottom for oils


Saudi cutbacks may mean bottom for oils

We are getting some news out of Saudi Arabia about oil cutbacks that will have a dramatic impact on the price of oil and make it unlikely we will visit the $43 level again.


http://jimcramer.tumblr.com/post/125517567219/saudi-cutbacks-may-mean-bottom-for-oils

Renewable energy Puffs of hope Wind and solar energy are increasingly competitive.

 

Renewable energy

Puffs of hope

Wind and solar energy are increasingly competitive. But a lot has to change before they can make a real impact


http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21660124-wind-and-solar-energy-are-increasingly-competitive-lot-has-change-they-can-make?fsrc=scn/tw/te/pe/ed/PuffsOfHope

Nuclear News Roundup for 8/1/15

Nuclear News Roundup for 8/1/15


http://nuclearstreet.com/pro_nuclear_power_blogs/b/neutron-bytes/archive/2015/08/01/nuclear-news-roundup-for-8-1-15.aspx

Nuclear News Roundup for 8/1/15

Nuclear News Roundup for 8/1/15


http://neutronbytes.com/2015/08/01/nuclear-news-roundup-for-8115/

ANS Blog Update: Time for the ANS Friday Matinee

Time for the ANS Friday Matinee

By ansnuclearcafe on Jul 31, 2015 12:33 pm

“Movies and video games would have us believe that radiation is the most toxic thing you could be exposed to…how true is that?” Nuclear enthusiast Christopher Willis helps you to Continue Reading →
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U.S. nuclear operators try to save plants with carbon emission rule

U.S. nuclear operators try to save plants with carbon emission rule


http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/31/usa-climatechange-cleanpowerplan-idUSL1N10B1ZA20150731

San Onofre: Regulators close case questioning nuclear reactor repairs

San Onofre: Regulators close case questioning nuclear reactor repairs


http://www.scpr.org/news/2015/07/31/53509/san-onofre-regulators-close-case-questioning-nucle/

IAEA DIRECTOR GENERAL TO MEET U.S. SENATORS ON IRAN

IAEA DIRECTOR GENERAL TO MEET U.S. SENATORS ON IRAN

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano will travel to Washington next week to meet members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Mr Amano welcomed an invitation letter he received from the Senators early on 31 July, and will meet with them on 5 August to discuss the IAEA’s role in verifying and monitoring nuclear-related measures under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
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https://www.iaea.org/press/?p=5089

Ameren withdraws bid for new nuclear plant in Callaway County


Ameren withdraws bid for new nuclear plant in Callaway County


http://themissouritimes.com/20416/ameren-withdraws-bid-for-new-nuclear-plant-in-callaway-county/

Setting Big Goals, Hillary Clinton Joins the Climate Battle By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

Setting Big Goals, Hillary Clinton Joins the Climate Battle



http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/31/opinion/setting-big-goals-hillary-clinton-joins-the-climate-battle.html?ref=opinion&_r=0

Nuclear Development 2015 N E A N uclear New Build: Insights into Financing and Project Management

Nuclear Development
2015
N
E
A
Nuclear New Build:
Insights into Financing
and Project
Management


https://www.oecd-nea.org/ndd/pubs/2015/7195-nn-build-2015.pdf

Estimating Annual Individual Doses for Evacuees Returning Home to Areas Affected by the Fukushima Nuclear Accident.

Health Phys. 2015 Aug;109(2):122-33. doi: 10.1097/HP.0000000000000308.

Estimating Annual Individual Doses for Evacuees Returning Home to Areas Affected by the Fukushima Nuclear Accident.

Abstract

To contribute to the reconstruction and revitalization of Fukushima Prefecture following the 2011 nuclear power disaster, annual individual doses were estimated for evacuees who will return home to Tamura City, Kawauchi Village, and Iitate Village in Fukushima. Ambient external dose rates and individual doses obtained with personal dosimeters were measured at many residential and occupational sites throughout the study areas to obtain fundamental data needed for the estimation. The measurement results indicated that the ratio of individual dose based on a personal dosimeter to the ambient external dose measurement was 0.7 with 10% uncertainty. Multiplying the ambient external dose by 0.7 may be an appropriate measure of the effective dose to an individual in the investigated area. Annual individual doses were estimated for representative lifestyles and occupations based on the ambient external dose rates at the measurement sites, taking into account the relationship between the ambient external dose and individual dose. The results were as follows: 0.6-2.3 mSv y in Tamura, 1.1-5.5 mSv y in Kawauchi, and 3.8-17 mSv y in Iitate. For all areas investigated, the estimated dose to outdoor workers was higher than that to indoor workers. Identifying ways to reduce the amount of time that an outdoor worker spends outdoors would provide an effective measure to reduce dose.


http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26107433

Texas vs. France: A Look At Who’s Bigger, Hotter, And More Prepared For Climate Change

 
Texas vs. France: A Look At Who’s Bigger, Hotter, And More Prepared For Climate Change
By Environmental Defense Fund Energy Exchange Blog, Friday, July 31, 2015 10:00 AM
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If you drive around the Lone Star State, you’re sure to see bumper stickers that say, “Texas: Bigger than France.” It references an ongoing debate about which “country” is bigger (something Texans feel very strongly about), but a closer look (aka, a quick Google search) reveals Texas and France are roughly equivalent in size. This,… Keep reading →http://breakingenergy.com/2015/07/31/texas-vs-france-a-look-at-whos-bigger-hotter-and-more-prepared-for-climate-change/?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=21004262&_hsenc=p2ANqtz--z2Sr9nHEqKf0rycQpfzTDP_1hAJVc2fdfc9QBExpu5WzOFPiG7okjjAXdqOo0wiYxUOq5fntSOCwlQYuMVGdG968-LQ&_hsmi=21004262

U.S. Oil Exports – For Our Security And The World’s

U.S. Oil Exports – For Our Security And The World’s
By Energy Tomorrow Blog, Friday, July 31, 2015 2:00 PM
Fracking In California Under Spotlight As Some Local Municipalities Issue Bans
We’ve stressed the economic benefits of lifting the ban on U.S. crude oil exports – GDP growth, job creation and consumer savings – because they’re considerable and would affect virtually every American in a positive way. No less important are the benefits for American security and foreign policy from letting U.S. crude trade freely in… Keep reading →http://breakingenergy.com/2015/07/31/u-s-oil-exports-for-our-security-and-the-worlds/?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=21004262&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_M1fUMAtaNRdy5Ed44PFbkuyBHCbiNHidvcUsaQEXc7BymVF5TWto318eOYJPe-pWdDH-J2XpBrJFtRFeuaIhmB-Fh_w&_hsmi=21004262

The D.C. Circuit Sends EPA Back To The Drawing Board To Fix Its Transport Rule Emissions Budgets

 
The D.C. Circuit Sends EPA Back To The Drawing Board To Fix Its Transport Rule Emissions Budgets
By Seth Jaffe | Foley Hoag LLP - Environmental Law, Friday, July 31, 2015 3:55 PM
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The Clean Air Act’s good neighbor provision prohibits upwind states from emitting air pollutants in amounts that will “contribute significantly to nonattainment” of a national ambient air quality standard in a downwind state. http://breakingenergy.com/2015/07/31/the-d-c-circuit-sends-epa-back-to-the-drawing-board-to-fix-its-transport-rule-emissions-budgets/?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=21004262&_hsenc=p2ANqtz--JBL3KoyV4ap7wBSMcmzc3AX4a7ZvQ0KIMLdGQy42M3GcaXV3WW2AShjoKp6A2MuER8pClkkLSoVbt54WHP-7FL8FUJA&_hsmi=21004262

Energy Department To Invest In Advanced Reactor Concept Development

Energy Department To Invest In Advanced Reactor Concept Development
By U.S. Department of Energy, Friday, July 31, 2015 4:56 PM
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WASHINGTON — Furthering efforts to encourage clean energy innovation, the Energy Department today released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to support the research, development, and demonstration of advanced reactor concepts. The announcement represents an early step in increasing investment in nuclear advanced reactor technologies, which have the potential to provide substantially enhanced operational performance, safety, security,… Keep reading →http://breakingenergy.com/2015/07/31/energy-department-to-invest-in-advanced-reactor-concept-development/?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=21004262&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8wxFc3DYoVteiN-uhj3ubHs7Zp11R8fF90q1UWH0Kc0-513pttZC5FmbIwYoNmjtPwcT4mnP2jDWQXWOh6yHvKJoKeyA&_hsmi=21004262

Nova’s “Uranium – Twisting the Dragon’s Tail”

 

Nova’s “Uranium – Twisting the Dragon’s Tail”

http://atomicinsights.com/novas-uranium-twisting-the-dragons-tail/

Friday, July 31, 2015

Integral Molten Salt Reactor

Integral Molten
Salt Reactor


http://terrestrialenergy.com/imsr-technology/

Are There Safer Ways To Produce Nuclear Energy?

Are There Safer Ways To Produce Nuclear Energy?



http://www.forbes.com/sites/kensilverstein/2015/07/14/are-there-safer-ways-to-produce-nuclear-energy/

‘Powered by Our People’ Promo Features Nuclear Employee Innovators

‘Powered by Our People’ Promo Features Nuclear Employee Innovators



http://www.nei.org/News-Media/News/News-Archives/Powered-by-Our-People-Promo-Showcases-Nuclear-Empl

PG&E may have overstated earthquake safety claims on Diablo Canyon nuke, emails show

PG&E may have overstated earthquake safety claims on Diablo Canyon nuke, emails show


http://www.utilitydive.com/news/pge-may-have-overstated-earthquake-safety-claims-on-diablo-canyon-nuke-em/403262/

Hillary Clinton's Climate Change Plan Includes Massive Growth in Solar

Posted: 31 Jul 2015 07:00 AM PDT
Hillary Clinton recently issued a renewable energy vision fact sheet that sets aggressive goals for solar and renewables as it acknowledges climate change. The document establishes Clinton as one of the few renewable energy advocates (and climate change conspiracists) in the 2016 presidential race.read morehttp://www.theenergycollective.com/eric-wesoff/2254513/hillary-clintons-climate-change-plan-includes-massive-growth-solar?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Energy+Collective+%28all+posts%29

Georgia Power Mum on Claim that Nuclear Expansion Unneeded

Georgia Power Mum on Claim that Nuclear Expansion Unneeded


http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/2015/07/30/georgia-power-mum-on-claim-that-nuclear-expansion-unneeded/

Russia Races to Outflank China in Middle East Nuclear Technology Market

Russia Races to Outflank China in Middle East Nuclear Technology Market




http://thediplomat.com/2015/07/russia-races-to-outflank-china-in-middle-east-nuclear-technology-market/

Federal Coal Mining Program Cheats Taxpayers, Needs Reforms

Federal Coal Mining Program Cheats Taxpayers, Needs Reforms


http://www.pogo.org/blog/2015/07/federal-coal-mining-program-cheats-taxpayers.html

Pope Francis: 'Facts are more important than ideas'

Pope Francis: 'Facts are more important than ideas'


http://ncronline.org/blogs/faith-and-justice/pope-francis-facts-are-more-important-ideas

China is looking to this type of energy to power its future Read more: http://oilprice.com/Latest-Energy-News/World-News/China-Looking-To-Nuclear-For-Its-Energy-Future.html#ixzz3hUP0YHkV

China is looking to this type of energy to power its future


http://www.businessinsider.com/china-is-looking-to-this-type-of-energy-to-power-its-future-2015-7?utm_source=alerts&nr_email_referer=1

Mental health suffers most in major nuclear accidents, studies find

Mental health suffers most in major nuclear accidents, studies find


http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/30/health-nuclear-psychological-idUSL5N10A2KI20150730

Congress frustrated by lack of progress on next-gen nukes

Congress frustrated by lack of progress on next-gen nukes
https://www.snl.com/Interactivex/article.aspx?CdId=A-33386621-12590

Deconstructing the nuclear industry

Deconstructing the nuclear industry



http://thebulletin.org/deconstructing-nuclear-industry8565

More contracts awarded for Hinkley Point C

More contracts awarded for Hinkley Point C
EDF Energy has today announced further preferred bidders for the project to construct the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in the UK. The combined value of the contracts is some £1.3 billion ($2.0 billion).http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/NN-More-contracts-awarded-for-Hinkley-Point-C-3107154.html

Italy's Enel plans two-step sale of Slovenske Elektrarne

Italy's Enel plans two-step sale of Slovenske Elektrarne stake
Enel plans to sell its 66% stake in Slovenské Elektrárne in two stages Рthrough the sale of a minority stake by the end of this year and the remainder once construction of two nuclear power units at Mochovce nuclear power plant in Slovakia has been completed. The Slovak government owns the remaining 34% in the country's biggest power producer. http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/C-Italys-Enel-plans-two-step-sale-of-Slovenske-Elekrarne-stake-31071501.html

Power Engineering E-Newsletter 7/31

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Court orders EPA to redo air-pollution limits in 13 states
A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants.
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EDF to buy majority stake in Areva nuclear reactor business
France state-owned utility Electricite de France (EDF) agreed to buy a majority stake in the nuclear reactor development unit of Areva valued at 2.7 billion euros ($3 billion).
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Black & Veatch names heads of Oil & Gas, Power businesses
Black & Veatch appointed two people to lead its Oil & Gas and Power business units.
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Plan to build New England's largest wind farm moving forward
A Texas company is pushing forward with an effort to build a massive wind power project in Aroostook County that would be the largest of its kind in New England.
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Siemens net profit flat after restructuring charges
Germany's Siemens AG (NYSE: SI) says net profit fell slightly in the most recent quarter as better earnings from sales of medical equipment were offset by slower business at its power and gas division.
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SunPower acquires 1.5 GW of solar power projects
SunPower (Nasdaq: SPWR) acquired 1.5-GW of U.S. solar power plant developments from Australia-based Infigen Energy.
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SCE claims $7.57bn in damages for SONGS
Southern California Edison and Edison Material Supply LLC claimed damages of $7.57 billion in relation to the steam generator replacement at the shut down San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in California.
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Sale of Connecticut biomass power plant completed
Greenleaf Power finalized the purchase of the Plainfield Renewable Energy Plant in Connecticut from Leidos Inc.
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Saber Partners to advise regulators on $1.3B Duke Energy deal
The Florida Public Service Commission has selected Saber Partners, LLC to advise it on financing transactions arising from a new Florida law.
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