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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Friday, February 15, 2019

Fukushima Update 2/15/19

Fukushima Update 2/15/19 –

Tepco discovers some of the meltdown debris in unit #2 can probably be removed for analysis… Tepco will begin dismantling of exhaust gas stacks at F. Daiichi #1 and #2 in May… Kyushu Electric decides to decommission Genkai unit #2… Kansai Electric Company delays safety improvement completion dates.

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

Pennsylvania Is Newest Nuclear Subsidy Battleground

Pennsylvania Is Newest Nuclear Subsidy Battleground

Concerns, support voiced at crowded NRC hearing | Local News | newburyportnews.com

Concerns, support voiced at crowded NRC hearing | Local News | newburyportnews.com: HAMPTON, N.H. — A large crowd packed a public hearing Wednesday night to voice support for Seabrook Station or concerns about concrete degradation as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission considers whether

National View: Deep freeze a chilling reminder we still need coal, nuclear energy | Duluth News Tribune

National View: Deep freeze a chilling reminder we still need coal, nuclear energy | Duluth News Tribune: The stunning cold that swept the northern United States recently — and slammed Minnesota and the Midwest, in particular — was eye-opening for many Americans. It reminded us just how dependent we are on modern infrastructure for our survival. Nature is not always kind, and the depth of these Arctic...

ILLINOIS: Potential plant closures reignite nuclear debate -- Thursday, February 14, 2019 -- www.eenews.net

ILLINOIS: Potential plant closures reignite nuclear debate -- Thursday, February 14, 2019 -- www.eenews.net: A day after Exelon Corp. CEO Chris Crane had a White House meeting with President Trump, a pair of Illinois Republicans are seeking their own sit-down with the utility executive to discuss what has become a familiar subject in the Land of Lincoln — struggling nuclear plants.

Report: US Needs Updated Nuclear Power to Keep Up With New Threats | ExecutiveBiz

Report: US Needs Updated Nuclear Power to Keep Up With New Threats | ExecutiveBiz

Glowing results for nuclear power at France's EDF

Glowing results for nuclear power at France's EDF: Glowing results for nuclear power at France's EDF

Global Nuclear Power Plant and Equipment Market Strategic Assessment

Global Nuclear Power Plant and Equipment Market Strategic Assessment: Global Nuclear Power Plant and Equipment Market by Applications, Types, New Technology, Growth Opportunity with Overview by Rising Demands

Nuclear energy is a critical investment | TheHill

Nuclear energy is a critical investment | TheHill: The U.S. can lead the world again in safe, clean, and reliable nuclear power. The stakes are too high for us not to.

BP forecasts nuclear growth to 3400 TWh by 2040 - World Nuclear News

BP forecasts nuclear growth to 3400 TWh by 2040 - World Nuclear News: BP's 2019 Energy Outlook forecasts an overall rise in nuclear to 2040, to around 3400 TWh. The document is produced to aid the company's analysis and decision-making and is published as a contribution to the wider debate.

NRC seeks input on legacy uranium cleanup - World Nuclear News

NRC seeks input on legacy uranium cleanup - World Nuclear News: The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission is seeking public comment on its environmental review of proposed cleanup work at the former Northeast Church Rock uranium mine in New Mexico. The proposal would allow mine owner United Nuclear Corporation to transfer contaminated soil from the mine for disposal at the former Church Rock uranium mill.

UPDATE 1-EDF shares hit 3-month high on report French govt may delist company | Reuters

UPDATE 1-EDF shares hit 3-month high on report French govt may delist company | Reuters: (Adds details throughout)

Legality of Holtec's Interim Spent Fuel Repository Application Called Into Question - Surf City, NJ - The SandPaper

Legality of Holtec's Interim Spent Fuel Repository Application Called Into Question - Surf City, NJ - The SandPaper

KCBX 2-way: Former NRC judge calls for better oversight in Diablo Canyon decommissioning | KCBX

KCBX 2-way: Former NRC judge calls for better oversight in Diablo Canyon decommissioning | KCBX: Before retiring in 2015, San Luis Obispo resident Alex Karlin was a judge for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, or the NRC, the federal regulatory body

ILLINOIS: Potential plant closures reignite nuclear debate -- Thursday, February 14, 2019 -- www.eenews.net

ILLINOIS: Potential plant closures reignite nuclear debate -- Thursday, February 14, 2019 -- www.eenews.net: A day after Exelon Corp. CEO Chris Crane had a White House meeting with President Trump, a pair of Illinois Republicans are seeking their own sit-down with the utility executive to discuss what has become a familiar subject in the Land of Lincoln — struggling nuclear plants.

Old Florida law says Disney can build a nuclear power plant. Legislators could change that. - Orlando Sentinel

Old Florida law says Disney can build a nuclear power plant. Legislators could change that. - Orlando Sentinel: A Disney historian says there’s no evidence the theme park has ever seriously moved forward on building a nuclear power plant but it shows how much political leverage Disney had before it built the Magic Kingdom in 1971.

Focused 'like a laser beam': NNSA defense leader discusses pit production commitment | News | aikenstandard.com

Focused 'like a laser beam': NNSA defense leader discusses pit production commitment | News | aikenstandard.com

Western Energy sends drilling rig to southern U.S. as Canadian activity dries up | CBC News | The Energy Collective Daily


Western Energy sends drilling rig to southern U.S. as Canadian activity dries up | CBC News | The Energy Collective Daily

Link to The Energy Collective Network

Titus: No answers from Energy officials on shipped plutonium

Titus: No answers from Energy officials on shipped plutonium: LAS VEGAS (AP) — U.S. Rep. Dina Titus of Nevada says officials with the U.S. Department of Energy and the nations' nuclear security administration have offered no new information in a classified briefing about weapons-grade plutonium secretly shipped to Nevada. The Democrat said in a statement that she "learned nothing new" in a Thursday briefing from the Trump Administration officials and said they "repeated meaningless platitudes" instead of answering questions. An emailed message seeking comment from the Energy Department was not immediately returned.

GE power has a $92 billion backlog. For new boss, that's a problem

GE power has a $92 billion backlog. For new boss, that's a problem



https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/ge-power-has-a-dollar92-billion-backlog-for-new-boss-thats-a-problem/ar-BBTxiJd?srcref=rss

Thursday, February 14, 2019

PG&E’s Bankruptcy Shows Blindspots in Green Investing - WSJ

PG&E’s Bankruptcy Shows Blindspots in Green Investing - WSJ: The bankruptcy filing by PG&E is the latest stumble by a company rated highly by environmentally focused investors, further exposing a weakness in a scoring system meant to measure risk for shareholders.

PG&E's San Bruno judge issues new wildfire-related orders

PG&E's San Bruno judge issues new wildfire-related orders: A federal judge on Thursday issued a fresh set of demands about PG&E's efforts to clear away trees and other vegetation that can trigger disastrous wildfires if they come in contact with the embattled utility's power lines or equipment.

Community Choice Aggregators Urge PG&E Restructuring In Name Of Safety, Clean Energy

Community Choice Aggregators Urge PG&E Restructuring In Name Of Safety, Clean Energy



https://solarindustrymag.com/community-choice-aggregators-urge-pge-restructuring-in-name-of-safety-clean-energy/

California Wildfire Victims File First Suit in PG&E Bankruptcy

California Wildfire Victims File First Suit in PG&E Bankruptcy



https://news.bloomberglaw.com/bankruptcy-law/california-wildfire-victims-file-first-suit-in-pg-e-bankruptcy

The Real Reason They Hate Nuclear Is Because It Means We Don't Need Renewables

The Real Reason They Hate Nuclear Is Because It Means We Don't Need Renewables



https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelshellenberger/2019/02/14/the-real-reason-they-hate-nuclear-is-because-it-means-we-dont-need-renewables/?fbclid=IwAR0KOvJ-Ypqf17UjEGZao84S41ITwEDpZykRuFiiJ35W4KM9aJpzW6hx9FU#5b67b936128f

The Real Reason They Hate Nuclear Is Because It Means We Don't Need Renewables

The Real Reason They Hate Nuclear Is Because It Means We Don't Need Renewables: The problem with nuclear energy is that it doesn’t demand the radical re-making of society, like renewables do. All nuclear does is pay above average wages, decarbonize electricity, and produce cheap electricity. No wonder they hate it so much.

DOE Releases Final Request for Proposal for Hanford Tank Closure Contract

https://www.energy.gov/em/articles/doe-releases-final-request-proposal-hanford-tank-closure-contract

Cincinnati--The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a Final Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Tank Closure Contract (TCC) at the Hanford Site. DOE invites proposals to perform services to achieve measurable results towards end state completion of the DOE-Office of Environmental Management mission at the Hanford Site by accomplishing the maximum amount of environmental cleanup within the 10-year ordering period and at the best value to the U.S. taxpayer. The total estimated value of the Master IDIQ contract is up to approximately $13 billion over a 10-year ordering period. The current Tank Operations Contract (TOC) at Hanford is held by Washington River Protection Solutions, LLC and will expire on September 30, 2019.

DOE anticipates the contract will be an Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract under which Firm-Fixed-Price (FFP) and/or Cost Reimbursement (CR) task orders may be issued. The preference under the Contract will be for the issuance of Cost-Plus-Incentive-Fee (CPIF) and FFP task orders. The Final Request for Proposal provides for full and open competition and includes requirements for meaningful work to be performed by small businesses.

The TCC contractor selected will provide services for the transition from the current TOC to the TCC; operations and maintenance of the single-shell and double shell tank farms including volume management and secondary waste treatment facilities; completion of construction and operations and maintenance of equipment necessary to pretreat and feed low-level waste to the Low-Activity Waste vitrification facility; and single-shell tank waste remediation and closure to support the Hanford Site Environmental Cleanup.
Additional information is available via the procurement website at: https://www.emcbc.doe.gov/SEB/TCC/.
Media Contact:
Carrie Meyer, 509-372-0810
Carrie_C_Meyer@orp.doe.gov

DOE Releases Final Request for Proposal for Hanford Central Plateau Cleanup Contract



https://www.energy.gov/em/articles/doe-releases-final-request-proposal-hanford-central-plateau-cleanup-contract

DOE Releases Final Request for Proposal for Hanford Central Plateau Cleanup Contract

February 14, 2019
Cincinnati -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a Final Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Central Plateau Cleanup Contract (CPCC) at the Hanford Site. DOE invites proposals to perform services to achieve measurable results towards end state completion of the DOE-Office of Environmental Management mission at the Hanford Site by accomplishing the maximum amount of environmental cleanup within the 10-year ordering period and at the best value to the U.S. taxpayer. The total estimated value of the Master IDIQ contract is up to approximately $10 billion over a 10-year ordering period. The current Plateau Remediation Contract (PRC) at Hanford is held by CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company and will expire on September 30, 2019.

DOE anticipates the contract will be an Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract under which Firm-Fixed-Price (FFP) and/or Cost Reimbursement (CR) task orders may be issued. The preference under the Contract will be for the issuance of Cost-Plus-Incentive-Fee (CPIF) and FFP task orders. The Final RFP provides for full and open competition and includes requirements for meaningful work to be performed by small businesses.

The CPCC contractor selected will provide services for the transition from the current PRC to the CPCC; management of site safe and compliant base operations for the Department of Energy Richland (DOE-RL) cleanup facilities; Deactivation, Decommissioning, Decontamination, and Demolition (D4) of facilities and remediation of waste sites; management of transuranic (TRU) waste; preparation of Resource Conversation and Recovery Act (RCRA)/Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) decision documents to support cleanup actions associated with the Hanford Federal Facility Agreement and Consent Order (Tri-Party Agreement) (TPA); and business core functions to support these efforts.

Additional information is available via the procurement website at: https://www.emcbc.doe.gov/SEB/CPCC/
Media Contact:
Mark Heeter, 509-373-1970
Mark Heeter@rl.doe.gov

The Libertarian: The Green New Deal | Hoover Institution

The Libertarian: The Green New Deal | Hoover Institution: The new policy proposal is an exercise in progressive absurdity.

The Future Of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station: Radioactive Waste And Many Questions

The Future Of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station: Radioactive Waste And Many Questions: Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is moving toward a permanent shutdown in four months, but there are still concerns about safety.

S. Korea Achieves Milestone in Nuclear Fusion Reaction Research l KBS WORLD Radio

S. Korea Achieves Milestone in Nuclear Fusion Reaction Research l KBS WORLD Radio: Meet high-quality contents on KBS WORLD Radio in 11 languages, including news, K-pop, and online Korean-language classes. Also available are programs featuring life, culture, tourism and history of Korea and update news on North Korea.

UK’s reliance on China’s nuclear tech poses test for policymakers | Financial Times

UK’s reliance on China’s nuclear tech poses test for policymakers | Financial Times: Britain risks alienating Beijing if it scraps power deals over security concerns

Is China Nuclear Energy Technology Corporation Limited’s (HKG:611) P/E Ratio Really That Good? – Simply Wall St News

Is China Nuclear Energy Technology Corporation Limited’s (HKG:611) P/E Ratio Really That Good? – Simply Wall St News: Want to participate in a short research study? Help shape the future of investing tools and you could win a $250 gift card! This article is for investors who would like to improve their understanding of price to earnings...

France Is Said to Mull EDF De-Listing Amid Nuclear Challenge - Bloomberg

France Is Said to Mull EDF De-Listing Amid Nuclear Challenge - Bloomberg: The French government is considering buying out minority shareholders of Electricite de France SA, the first step in a corporate restructuring to address the challenge of replacing the country’s nuclear-power backbone, people familiar with the matter said.

Bill and Melinda Gates Appear to Take Veiled Shot at Green New Deal

Bill and Melinda Gates Appear to Take Veiled Shot at Green New Deal: The Gates issued their annual letter on Tuesday stating they wanted to help people understand “what it will take to stop climate change.”

Visualizing US oil & gas production (through October) | The Energy Collective Daily

Visualizing US oil & gas production (through October) | The Energy Collective Daily

Link to The Energy Collective Network

Legality of Holtec's Interim Spent Fuel Repository Application Called Into Question - Surf City, NJ - The SandPaper

Legality of Holtec's Interim Spent Fuel Repository Application Called Into Question - Surf City, NJ - The SandPaper

TVA names Jeffrey Lyash new CEO; president of Ontario Power Generation

TVA names Jeffrey Lyash new CEO; president of Ontario Power Generation

Future of Spent Nuclear Fuel Up in the Air - Surf City, NJ - The SandPaper

Future of Spent Nuclear Fuel Up in the Air - Surf City, NJ - The SandPaper

Mixed opinions on plans to extend license for Seabrook Station through 2050

Mixed opinions on plans to extend license for Seabrook Station through 2050: Public hearing packed with people in support and with concerns

NRC defends Seabrook Station's license extension | Local News | sentinelsource.com

NRC defends Seabrook Station's license extension | Local News | sentinelsource.com

Supporters Say Seabrook Nuke Protects Climate; Critics Want More Study Of Concrete Cracks | New Hampshire Public Radio

Supporters Say Seabrook Nuke Protects Climate; Critics Want More Study Of Concrete Cracks | New Hampshire Public Radio: Federal regulators still appear poised to re-license Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant, despite requests to delay. A Nuclear Regulatory Commission hearing on

Report: Some Pilgrim valve parts installed backward - News - capecodtimes.com - Hyannis, MA

Report: Some Pilgrim valve parts installed backward - News - capecodtimes.com - Hyannis, MA

KCBX 2-way: Former NRC judge calls for better oversight in Diablo Canyon decommissioning | KCBX

KCBX 2-way: Former NRC judge calls for better oversight in Diablo Canyon decommissioning | KCBX: Before retiring in 2015, San Luis Obispo resident Alex Karlin was a judge for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, or the NRC, the federal regulatory body

NRC defends Seabrook Station's license extension - News - seacoastonline.com - Portsmouth, NH

NRC defends Seabrook Station's license extension - News - seacoastonline.com - Portsmouth, NH

NRC set to hold hearing on Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant | Macon Telegraph

NRC set to hold hearing on Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant | Macon Telegraph

Navigating Nuclear

Navigating Nuclear: #NavigatingNuclear empowers educators w/ the resources they need to teach the diverse applications of #nucleartechnology! Learn more today! https://bit.ly/2OAXNsJ

Tepco carries out examination of melted Fukushima reactor fuel by remote-controlled probe | The Japan Times

Tepco carries out examination of melted Fukushima reactor fuel by remote-controlled probe | The Japan Times: The operator of the disaster-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant said Wednesday it has completed its first attempt to use a remote-controlled probe to

Wheeler: Green New Deal 'not really ready for prime time' - CNNPolitics

Wheeler: Green New Deal 'not really ready for prime time' - CNNPolitics

Exelon threatens closure of three more Illinois nukes

Exelon threatens closure of three more Illinois nukes: Byron, Dresden and Braidwood are at risk of early retirement, Exelon discloses explicitly for the first time. It's looking for "state policy solutions"—a bailout, in simpler terms—to keep the plants open.

US should update nuclear warheads over their delivery systems, says DoD official

US should update nuclear warheads over their delivery systems, says DoD official: The nuclear warheads of the future need to be easily updated and modified, but to get there, work must start now, a top DoD expert says.

Ontario Power Generation CEO Jeff Lyash steps down | The Star

Ontario Power Generation CEO Jeff Lyash steps down | The Star

No $1,000 refunds, but SCE&G customers should see their bills go down ... by a few cents | The Battery

No $1,000 refunds, but SCE&G customers should see their bills go down ... by a few cents | The Battery: Average customers may or may not feel the $0.43 difference

NNSA executive: Repurposing MOX for pit production is a 'major' nuclear venture | News | aikenstandard.com

NNSA executive: Repurposing MOX for pit production is a 'major' nuclear venture | News | aikenstandard.com

Nuclear watchdogs warn against blurring energy, military uses at Ohio fuel plant | Energy News Network

Nuclear watchdogs warn against blurring energy, military uses at Ohio fuel plant | Energy News Network

EU and IAEA set priorities for cooperation - World Nuclear News

EU and IAEA set priorities for cooperation - World Nuclear News: The European Union and the International Atomic Energy Agency have agreed at their seventh annual meeting of senior officials to further enhance cooperation and strengthen cooperation in training, research and development.

US nuclear industry seeks presidential support - World Nuclear News

US nuclear industry seeks presidential support - World Nuclear News: A strong domestic industrial base is vital to enable US companies to compete overseas, nuclear industry executives told President Donald Trump at a meeting on 12 February.

Spain plans to close all nuclear plants by 2035 - Channel NewsAsia

Spain plans to close all nuclear plants by 2035 - Channel NewsAsia: Spain aims to close all seven of its nuclear plants between 2025 and 2035 as part of plans to generate all the country's electricity from ...

TEPCO sat by idly on reports of fires, glitches at nuclear plants:The Asahi Shimbun

TEPCO sat by idly on reports of fires, glitches at nuclear plants:The Asahi Shimbun: Tokyo Electric Power Co. ignored reports on fires and other problems from its nuclear power plants a

BGU researchers find new ways to increase safety of nuclear power plants - HEALTH & SCIENCE - Jerusalem Post

BGU researchers find new ways to increase safety of nuclear power plants - HEALTH & SCIENCE - Jerusalem Post

Is Ocasio-Cortez Right To Dismiss Nuclear Energy? | OilPrice.com

Is Ocasio-Cortez Right To Dismiss Nuclear Energy? | OilPrice.com

Nuclear engineer Leslie Dewan has a plan for clean energy

Nuclear engineer Leslie Dewan has a plan for clean energy

Rezin ready to go to bat for nuclear power plants | News | newstrib.com

Rezin ready to go to bat for nuclear power plants | News | newstrib.com

Pennsylvania Is Newest Nuclear Subsidy Battleground

Pennsylvania Is Newest Nuclear Subsidy Battleground

CEOs ask Trump to help them sell nuclear power plants abroad - The Register Citizen

CEOs ask Trump to help them sell nuclear power plants abroad - The Register Citizen: U.S. nuclear energy developers on Tuesday met with President Donald Trump and asked for help winning contracts to build power plants in the Middle East and elsewhere overseas.
"There is competition around the globe, and we want to be part of it," said Chris Crane, the chief executive officer of Exelon Corp., the largest U.S. operator of nuclear plants, following the meeting at the White House.
The push comes as developers seek U.S. government approval of next-generation advanced and small modular nuclear reactors -- and the administration's help in selling their products to the world.

Japan Starts to Probe Failed Nuclear Power Plant in Fukushima | Al Bawaba

Japan Starts to Probe Failed Nuclear Power Plant in Fukushima | Al Bawaba

Salt Is A Pillar Of Our Nuclear Future

Salt Is A Pillar Of Our Nuclear Future: Canada’s Terrestrial Energy has assembled a team of partners that makes the success of their molten salt reactor quite likely. Cheaper than coal, producing little waste, is small and modular, operates at low pressure, doesn’t need water, can last for decades, and can’t melt down.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Who Wins and Who Loses From PG&E’s Bankruptcy

Who Wins and Who Loses From PG&E’s Bankruptcy

The California utility’s bankruptcy filing sets up a complicated legal case that could raise electricity rates and hurt power suppliers while generating hundreds of millions in lawyers’ fees.


https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/29/business/dealbook/pge-bankruptcy-winners-losers.html?action=click&module=RelatedLinks&pgtype=Article

PG&E’s Bankruptcy Filing Creates ‘a Real Mess’ for Rival Interests

PG&E’s Bankruptcy Filing Creates ‘a Real Mess’ for Rival Interests


https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/29/business/energy-environment/pge-file-bankruptcy.html?action=click&module=RelatedLinks&pgtype=Article

PG&E Bankruptcy Tests Who Will Pay for California Wildfires


PG&E Bankruptcy Tests Who Will Pay for California Wildfires


https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/14/business/energy-environment/pge-bankruptcy-california.html?action=click&module=RelatedLinks&pgtype=Article

The Struggle to Control PG&E


The Struggle to Control PG&E

Less than a month into the California utility’s bankruptcy, various players are trying to shape the company’s future. Here are three big questions facing it.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/13/business/energy-environment/pge-wildfire-bankruptcy-control.html

Gavin Newsom forms team to guide California on PG&E's bankruptcy


Gavin Newsom forms team to guide California on PG&E's bankruptcy

 

https://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-newsom-pge-bankruptcy-plan-20190212-story.html 

Gavin Newsom forms team to guide California on PG&E's bankruptcy - Los Angeles Times

Gavin Newsom forms team to guide California on PG&E's bankruptcy - Los Angeles Times: California Gov. Gavin Newsom has formed a team of advisors on PG&E Corp.'s bankruptcy and has given the utility 60 days to map out a plan that keeps the lights on, treats wildfire victims justly and protects ratepayers and employees

In Bankruptcy, Utility PG&E Faces Big Spend to Cut Fire Risks

 

In Bankruptcy, Utility PG&E Faces Big Spend to Cut Fire Risks


https://www.enr.com/articles/46374-in-bankruptcy-utility-pge-faces-big-spend-to-cut-fire-risks

What could be worse than the next big fire? The next big fire caused by PG&E | CALmatters

What could be worse than the next big fire? The next big fire caused by PG&E | CALmatters: Customers will likely pay more and victims will get less should PG&E be liable for another major wildfire while the company is in bankruptcy.

PG&E Bankruptcy Update: Overhaul Of Board Of Directors Set In Motion


PG&E Bankruptcy Update: Overhaul Of Board Of Directors Set In Motion

https://www.ibtimes.com/pge-bankruptcy-update-overhaul-board-directors-set-motion-2763323

PG&E’s Activist Shareholder Has Chosen Its Own Board Nominees

 

PG&E’s Activist Shareholder Has Chosen Its Own Board Nominees


https://www.barrons.com/articles/pge-activist-shareholder-bluemountain-has-chosen-its-own-board-nominees-51550079476

Israel Aiding Saudi Arabia In Developing Nuclear Weapons


Israel Aiding Saudi Arabia In Developing Nuclear Weapons

Saudi interest in developing nuclear weapons dates back to the 1970s, when the kingdom learned of major steps taken by both Israel and India in the development of nuclear armaments.


https://www.mintpressnews.com/israel-saudi-arabia-nuclear-weapons/243256/

Rep Omar Grills Elliott Abrams | User Clip | C-SPAN.org

Rep Omar Grills Elliott Abrams | User Clip | C-SPAN.org: Rep. Omar Grills Elliott Abrams

(For members) NRC finds no significant impact from producing tritium at Watts Bar 2 - Oak Ridge Today

(For members) NRC finds no significant impact from producing tritium at Watts Bar 2 - Oak Ridge Today: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced on Monday that there would be no significant impact from producing tritium for nuclear weapons in a second unit at the Watts Bar Nuclear Power Plant in Rhea County. The project involves the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge. The tritium could be produced in Unit 2 at Watts …

Report: Exelon threatens to shut down Byron plant by 2022

Report: Exelon threatens to shut down Byron plant by 2022: A filing from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission states the Byron plant is 'showing increased signs of economic distress.'

With concrete degrading in critical parts of Seabrook, environmental advocates urge the NRC to delay renewal of the plant’s license - The Boston Globe

With concrete degrading in critical parts of Seabrook, environmental advocates urge the NRC to delay renewal of the plant’s license - The Boston Globe: Concerned about growing cracks in the concrete containment dome and other critical parts of the sprawling complex at the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant, a group of activists here have been urging federal regulators to postpone a planned extension of the aging plant’s operating license.

Kyushu Electric Power to scrap No. 2 reactor at Genkai nuclear plant - The Mainichi

Kyushu Electric Power to scrap No. 2 reactor at Genkai nuclear plant - The Mainichi: FUKUOKA (Kyodo) -- Kyushu Electric Power Co. said Wednesday it has decided to scrap its aging No. 2 reactor at Genkai nuclear plant in the southwester

Japan begins probe in failed Fukushima nuclear plant

Japan begins probe in failed Fukushima nuclear plant: In 2011, Great East Japan Earthquake hit Fukushima triggering plant meltdown of three nuclear reactors - Anadolu Agency

Nuclear watchdogs warn against blurring energy, military uses at Ohio fuel plant | Energy News Network

Nuclear watchdogs warn against blurring energy, military uses at Ohio fuel plant | Energy News Network: Combining the capability to make fuel for nuclear reactors and material for weapons undercuts nonproliferation efforts, critics say.

U.S. Nuclear Energy Industry Asks Washington For Help In International Expansion | OilPrice.com

U.S. Nuclear Energy Industry Asks Washington For Help In International Expansion | OilPrice.com: Executives from major U.S. nuclear energy companies met with President Trump yesterday to ask for the administration’s help in expanding abroad

OPINION: Nuclear power not a competitive option | Letter-To-The-Editor | Opinion | The Guardian

OPINION: Nuclear power not a competitive option | Letter-To-The-Editor | Opinion | The Guardian: Matt Hall

Guest Opinion

Nuclear power seems to be a recurring opinion topic in the Guardian lately, and I think the discussion could be simplified by considering the question of present-day technical practicality.

Nuclear power has its

Nuclear Power and Pennsylvania's Competition Act | NRDC

Nuclear Power and Pennsylvania's Competition Act | NRDC: Although it’s less well-known than the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act of 2004 (AEPS), Pennsylvania’s 1996 Electricity Generation Customer Choice and Competition Act may be the state’s most important energy law. Legislators are currently focused on amending the AEPS to...

Spanish Govt Plans to Close All Nuclear Plants by 2035 - News18

Spanish Govt Plans to Close All Nuclear Plants by 2035 - News18

Legislative spotlight on nuclear power for Utah consumers draws criticism, praise | Deseret News

Legislative spotlight on nuclear power for Utah consumers draws criticism, praise | Deseret News

Trump Wants Saudi Arabia to Have Nuclear Power. Here Are 5 Ways That Can Go Very Wrong :: Politics :: Lists :: Nuclear Weapons :: Paste

Trump Wants Saudi Arabia to Have Nuclear Power. Here Are 5 Ways That Can Go Very Wrong :: Politics :: Lists :: Nuclear Weapons :: Paste: Nuclear power is very different from nuclear bombs, but nuclear power is also the perfect cover to build nuclear bombs.

Nuclear Power Plant and Equipment Market Revenue || Global Forecast to 2029

Nuclear Power Plant and Equipment Market Revenue || Global Forecast to 2029: The report aims to provide an overview of Global Nuclear Power Plant and Equipment Market with detailed market segmentation by product/application and geography.

Russia to Decommission World’s Most Remote Nuclear Power Plant

Russia to Decommission World’s Most Remote Nuclear Power Plant: Russias government has approved plans to begin decommissioning what are perhaps the most secluded co...

Trump to huddle with U.S. energy executives to discuss nuclear exports - Axios

Trump to huddle with U.S. energy executives to discuss nuclear exports - Axios: Plans to provide Saudi Arabia with a path to nuclear power are on the agenda

A Reader on Saudi Arabia’s Nuclear Energy Program | Neutron Bytes

A Reader on Saudi Arabia’s Nuclear Energy Program | Neutron Bytes: Updates follow immediately below and further down. There are a lot of media reports about Saudi Arabia’s plans to build 16 nuclear reactors by 2030 and whether Westinghouse will get any of th…

NRC terminates US MOX plant authorisation - World Nuclear News

NRC terminates US MOX plant authorisation - World Nuclear News: The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has granted a request by CB&I Areva MOX Services to terminate the construction authorisation for the partially built mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility at Savannah River in South Carolina.

Tepco makes contact with melted fuel in unit 2 - World Nuclear News

Tepco makes contact with melted fuel in unit 2 - World Nuclear News: Tokyo Electric Power Company has released photos of fuel debris within the primary containment vessel of unit 2 at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. The company determined that the debris can be lifted, which will help in removing the material.

Genkai 2 to be decommissioned - World Nuclear News

Genkai 2 to be decommissioned - World Nuclear News: Kyushu Electric Power Company today announced its decision not to restart unit 2 at its Genkai nuclear power plant in Japan's Saga prefecture. The unit becomes the tenth operable Japanese reactor to be declared for decommissioning since the Fukushima Daiichi accident.

Varcoe: Foreign bots and trolls wade into Canada's pipeline wars to fuel divide | The Energy Collective Daily

Varcoe: Foreign bots and trolls wade into Canada's pipeline wars to fuel divide | The Energy Collective Daily

Link to The Energy Collective Network

Glick calls for 'new approach' to capacity markets in wide-ranging NARUC talk


Glick calls for 'new approach' to capacity markets in wide-ranging NARUC talk


https://www.utilitydive.com/news/glick-calls-for-new-approach-to-capacity-markets-in-wide-ranging-naruc-ta/548337/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Issue:%202019-02-13%20Utility%20Dive%20Newsletter%20%5Bissue:19406%5D&utm_term=Utility%20Dive

This Startup Wants Its Fusion Reactor to Actually Produce Power

This Startup Wants Its Fusion Reactor to Actually Produce Power

Deep Isolation CEO on how to solve the world's spent nuclear fuel issue

Deep Isolation CEO on how to solve the world's spent nuclear fuel issue: California-based Deep Isolation claims to have the answer to the world's spent fuel problem, with more than 30 countries playing host to a growing stockpile

BWXT announces $2.1B price agreement on naval components | Business | newsadvance.com

BWXT announces $2.1B price agreement on naval components | Business | newsadvance.com: BWX Technologies, Inc. announced a $2.1 billion price agreement with the U.S. Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program on new contracts, including future-year options, for the manufacture of naval nuclear reactor components

Plutonium pit production could be coming to SRS, some still skeptical

Plutonium pit production could be coming to SRS, some still skeptical: As MOX shuts down, a new mission--and new jobs--could be coming. But how long will the wait be? And will it really come to fruition?

Washington policymaker discusses nuclear energy at USU | Education | hjnews.com

Washington policymaker discusses nuclear energy at USU | Education | hjnews.com: As Democrats roll out their Green New Deal spearheaded by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, nuclear energy has become a hot topic of debate on both sides of the issue. Washington representative

Should Utah cities turn to nuclear energy? A state lawmaker thinks so, but environmentalists say it’s a bad idea. - The Salt Lake Tribune

Should Utah cities turn to nuclear energy? A state lawmaker thinks so, but environmentalists say it’s a bad idea. - The Salt Lake Tribune

CEOs Ask Trump to Help Them Sell Nuclear Power Plants Overseas - Bloomberg

CEOs Ask Trump to Help Them Sell Nuclear Power Plants Overseas - Bloomberg: U.S. nuclear energy developers on Tuesday met with President Donald Trump and asked for help winning contracts to build power plants in the Middle East and elsewhere overseas.

Banks bail out California’s PG&E; Rolls-Royce to supply backup generators for Hinkley plant


Banks bail out California’s PG&E; Rolls-Royce to supply backup generators for Hinkley plant



https://analysis.nuclearenergyinsider.com/banks-bail-out-californias-pge-rolls-royce-supply-backup-generators-hinkley-plant?utm_campaign=NEI%2013FEB19%20Newsletter%202&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua&elqTrackId=262031fee6594c4fbec51ff70fc6baef&elq=87b98edaf2204b19a215ac1cebfdc2bc&elqaid=42875&elqat=1&elqCampaignId=24214

Here's an Interactive Map That Shows How Climate Change Will Affect Your Town in 60 Years

Here's an Interactive Map That Shows How Climate Change Will Affect Your Town in 60 Years

If we do nothing to curb greenhouse gas emissions, the weather in New York City will feel like Alabama and Los Angeles will be as hot as the tip of the Baja Peninsula.


https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/zma389/heres-an-interactive-map-that-shows-how-climate-change-will-affect-your-town-in-60-years?utm_campaign=the_download.unpaid.engagement&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=69865985&_hsenc=p2ANqtz--TNoh-yLxUyBd1dELhySveRABp1oCKIaXC2zlndjIogtI3qF4-HVrXcK6aZHdbnXyjAb6NLM4LT0TjXQrrtOLueP5ZIRsaQaarmTroH1RulvTdH-g&_hsmi=69865985

Trump meeting with Exelon, other nuclear power developers

Trump meeting with Exelon, other nuclear power developers: Nuclear power developers are scheduled to meet with the president today as they seek to build more atomic power plants worldwide.

NSE News at MIT


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Belated new year's greetings! I hope 2019 is off to a great start for you. Last week we welcomed our students back from IAP — the department is once again abuzz with activity. We have a busy spring semester with many opportunities for you to visit and engage with the Department and the vibrant NSE community.

First up in our lineup is the David J. Rose Lecture on March 6. This distinguished lectureship honors the memory of David J. Rose (1922–1985), a renowned professor of nuclear engineering at MIT whose research and interests focused on fusion technology, energy, nuclear waste disposal, and ethical problems arising from advances in science and technology. Our 2019 invited guest is Vinod Khosla, who will discuss the role of technology innovation and entrepreneurship in developing clean energy. Vinod co-founded Sun Microsystems in the 1980s and later founded the venture capital firm Khosla Ventures, where he backs innovations in areas ranging from artificial intelligence to health care to clean energy. I can personally say that Vinod is “one of a kind” and will bring many insights to the lecture. Please join us for the conversation.

Every spring we host the NSE Research Expo which showcases research by current doctoral and masters students. The Expo which takes place on March 15th is a unique opportunity for everyone to learn about the diverse research being conducted within NSE.

Established in 2014 with a generous gift from alum James Del Favero (SM ’84), the Del Favero Thesis Prize is awarded annually to a PhD graduate in NSE whose thesis is judged to have made the most innovative advance in our field. Please join us on April 2 to hear the 2018 winner, John Tramm speak about his dissertation research.

Kord Smith (MS '79, PhD '80) has served as KEPCO Professor of the Practice over the last eight years. During his time at MIT Prof. Smith has been the faculty lead of the Computational Reactor Physics Group with Prof Benoit Forget, and championed the restoration of the MIT Graphite Pile as a teaching resource. Smith was recently recognized for his exceptional graduate student mentorship with a Committed to Caring Award. To celebrate his exceptional contributions and career, the Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems (CANES) is hosting a two-day symposium —The Digital Nuclear Power Plant: Design, License and Operate at Minimal Cost. Please write to canes.workshop@mit.edu to learn more.

I hope you will be able to visit and attend one or more of these events. We look forward to seeing you.

Cheers,
Dennis Whyte

Rutgers 14th Annual Energy Symposium

Rutgers 14th Annual Energy Symposium

14th Annual Energy Symposium
Developing Offshore Wind in New Jersey and the Northeast
Save the Date! Wednesday May 8, 2019
8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
What?
REI is hosting our annual symposium on Wednesday May 8, 2019. Mark your calendars for the most anticipated energy event of the year. Spend the day with leaders, experts, and peers in the field as they address the newest initiatives, developments, and phenomena in energy.
Who?
Confirmed keynote speakers include:
Scott Glenn, Distinguished Professor & Co-Director, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences & Center for Ocean Observing Leadership at Rutgers University
“The Power of Partnerships: Offshore Wind Energy, Environmental Awareness, and Shared Economic Success”
and
Annmarie Carlton, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Irvine
“Promoting Full Cost Accounting of Energy Choices with Environmental Impacts: An Offshore Wind Farm Air Quality Impact Study”
Invited speakers include senior members of the New Jersey Administration responsible for developing offshore wind and developers of New Jersey offshore wind.
The Symposium will start at 8:30 with a light breakfast available at 8 am. Following the General Session, which ends at 1 pm, there will be several breakout sessions on topics related to offshore wind. Lunch will also be provided.
Where?
Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering
Busch Campus, Rutgers University
500 Bartholomew Rd, Piscataway Township, NJ 08854
***More details to come on event parking and symposium agenda
For any questions, please contact Preethy Thangaraj at p.thangaraj@rutgers.edu.
Rutgers Energy Institute
Phone | (848)932-2752
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