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Saturday, November 7, 2020

Tesla Tequila | Energy Central

Tesla Tequila | Energy Central: Just one more unforeseen change coming to the energy transition from Tesla. Definitely not carbon neutral, but still worth considering. I'll have to get a bottle and invite a good friend over to help me with the task at hand.

Election showing deep divide on energy issues, tough path for climate policy | S&P Global Market Intelligence

Election showing deep divide on energy issues, tough path for climate policy | S&P Global Market Intelligence: A host of energy and environmental developments unfolded across the country in down-ticket races in the U.S. election, revealing a growing disconnect on energy issues that will make any collective shift toward climate policy difficult to accomplish.

General Atomics wins $3.3M contract to assist in nuclear fusion project in France - The San Diego Union-Tribune

General Atomics wins $3.3M contract to assist in nuclear fusion project in France - The San Diego Union-Tribune: ITER hopes to unlock fusion's vast potential for commercial power

Tesla Tequila | Energy Central

Tesla Tequila | Energy Central: Just one more unforeseen change coming to the energy transition from Tesla. Definitely not carbon neutral, but still worth considering. I'll have to get a bottle and invite a good friend over to help me with the task at hand.

Shorting the Grid is widely available now

 

Shorting the Grid is widely available now
Shorting the Grid widely available
Shorting the Grid: The Hidden Fragility of Our Electric Grid is Widely Available!


Shorting was published on October 19. I definitely need to do a catch-up post with some links to podcasts and so forth. I have been on some great podcasts (the latest with Robert Bryce) and the book has had some excellent reviews posted at Amazon and Goodreads.

Meanwhile, you can buy Shorting on Amazon (Kindle and softcover and hardcover), Kobo (ebook), Walmart, Books A Million and more. In the approximately two weeks since its release on Amazon, the book has been the #1 New Release in Oil and Energy Industry, Energy Policy, and Electric Energy. (The Electric Energy banner is shown in the graphic above.) You can also order the book through your local bookstore, since it is distributed by Ingram Spark.


Praise Updates:

In my last email, I quoted John McClaughry of the Ethan Allen Institute as below.

"Shorting the Grid ...(is) not likely to make the New York Times Best Seller List, but it will certainly prove to be the gold standard for anyone working to keep the lights on, who needs to know how electric power is produced, distributed, and priced."

However, I was not able to provide a link to his review at that point, because the review was published in a newsletter for members. McClaughry's opinion is important, because he was looking at the book as a former legislator. So I published McClaughry's review on my blog, and you can read it here.

Also as I mentioned last time, Rod Adams, a long-time friend and pronuclear blogger, interviewed me on his podcast.In the blog post about the podcast, Adams wrote: "It belongs in the library of every congressional and senatorial office..." This statement ties in well with my comments about McClaughry's review, above.

One great thing about Rod's blog is that it attracts truly excellent comments. One man commented that he had been afraid that Shorting would be a repeat of Ted Koppel's' Lights Out book, and he was reassured to learn that my book is quite different. My book is about the slow catastrophe of a grid that is less and less reliable, and rolling blackouts that are more and more common. Shorting is not about cyberattacks and EMP pulses, though those are important subjects. It's about ruining the grid by steadily making bad rules and bad decisions.


Recent Praise

I was recently on Robert Bryce's Power Hungry podcast. This was a great podcast. Bryce asked so many important questions. It deserves an entire email, and I will send one! But for now, this email is long enough.

Buy the book

Be well. Be happy. Buy my book.




Thank you!
Meredith Angwin 


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Article: America in Transition: Two Things Donald Trump Can Do to Burnish His Legacy | OpEdNews

Article: America in Transition: Two Things Donald Trump Can Do to Burnish His Legacy | OpEdNews: Article: America in Transition: Two Things Donald Trump Can Do to Burnish His Legacy - Donald Trump has more than two months remaining in office. During that time, there are several steps he can and should take to burnish his legacy and set himself up to be remembered more kindly than his first four years and ten months in office might otherwise merit. Here are two of them.

Friday, November 6, 2020

Head of nuclear weapons agency unexpectedly resigns

Head of nuclear weapons agency unexpectedly resigns: Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, the head of the National Nuclear Security Administration, has resigned her position effectively immediately, Defense News has learned.

'John McCain's last laugh': Cindy McCain under fire from Trump supporters for Arizona flipping - World News - Haaretz.com

'John McCain's last laugh': Cindy McCain under fire from Trump supporters for Arizona flipping - World News - Haaretz.com: Political pundit Ana Navarro-C├írdenas said, 'Joe Biden is the first Democrat in 24 years to win Arizona. I’d like to imagine it as John McCain getting the last laugh'

Texas Gov. Asks For No Permian Basin Nuclear Waste Storage - Law360

Texas Gov. Asks For No Permian Basin Nuclear Waste Storage - Law360: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has urged the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to deny an application to build a nuclear storage facility in the Permian Basin, saying the facility's presence would "paint an even bigger bull's-eye" for terrorists on the world's largest producing oilfield.

Private, centralized storage for spent nuclear fuel: A dead end or path forward? - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Private, centralized storage for spent nuclear fuel: A dead end or path forward? - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: US nuclear waste policy has been at a standstill for 40 years. Licensing privately-run, centralized, “interim” storage facilities for spent fuel could break the gridlock.

Fukushima Update November 6, 2020

 

Fukushima Update November 6, 2020 –

Japan’s Business Federation (Keidanren) wants more nukes… Tepco finishes a wood incinerator at F. Daiichi for trees cut down to make room for storage tanks… Eight northern prefectures want Tokyo to publicize “precise information on Tritium”… Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga indicates that he does not plan to build new nuclear power plants right now… Some problems at nuclear plants will not be made public until after they have been resolved… The Asahi Shimbun announces that only one of the nation’s nukes now operates… A new anti-nuclear documentary says the hypothetical risks of low level exposure are deadly.

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

The future of nuclear: power stations could make hydrogen, heat homes and decarbonise industry

The future of nuclear: power stations could make hydrogen, heat homes and decarbonise industry: Don't count nuclear energy out – it may be our best hope of reaching net-zero emissions within the time we have left.

'Totally worth it': Chatterjee speculates DER order, carbon pricing are behind Trump ousting him | Utility Dive

'Totally worth it': Chatterjee speculates DER order, carbon pricing are behind Trump ousting him | Utility Dive: Utility industry news and analysis for energy professionals.

Economizing on iridium - iridium is an ideal catalyst for the electrolytic production of hydrogen from water | The Energy Collective Daily

 

Economizing on iridium - iridium is an ideal catalyst for the electrolytic production of hydrogen from water | The Energy Collective Daily

Link to The Energy Collective Network

Priority demolition completed at California legacy site : Waste & Recycling - World Nuclear News

Priority demolition completed at California legacy site : Waste & Recycling - World Nuclear News: The last of 10 buildings at the Radioactive Materials Handling Facility at the Energy Technology Engineering Center in Ventura County, California have been demolished, accomplishing one of the US Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management's priorities for 2020.

Leningrad II-2 cleared for pilot operation : New Nuclear - World Nuclear News

Leningrad II-2 cleared for pilot operation : New Nuclear - World Nuclear News: Russian regulator Rostekhnadzor today issued a permit for the start of pilot operation at unit 2 of the Leningrad II nuclear power plant in western Russia. Pilot operation is the final and longest check of the power unit before commissioning and will last about four months, Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom said. During this time, the power of the reactor will be increased in stages to 100% and undergo about 200 system tests.

In 1940, the United States Decided To Rule the World - Antiwar.com Original

In 1940, the United States Decided To Rule the World - Antiwar.com Original: Stephen Wertheim’s Tomorrow, The World examines a shift in elite U.S. foreign-policy thinking that took place in mid-1940. Why in that moment, a year and - David Swanson for Antiwar.com Original

In 1940, the United States Decided To Rule the World - Antiwar.com Original

In 1940, the United States Decided To Rule the World - Antiwar.com Original: Stephen Wertheim’s Tomorrow, The World examines a shift in elite U.S. foreign-policy thinking that took place in mid-1940. Why in that moment, a year and - David Swanson for Antiwar.com Original

Leningrad II-2 cleared for pilot operation : New Nuclear - World Nuclear News

Leningrad II-2 cleared for pilot operation : New Nuclear - World Nuclear News: Russian regulator Rostekhnadzor today issued a permit for the start of pilot operation at unit 2 of the Leningrad II nuclear power plant in western Russia. Pilot operation is the final and longest check of the power unit before commissioning and will last about four months, Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom said. During this time, the power of the reactor will be increased in stages to 100% and undergo about 200 system tests.

Almost Unnoticed Nuclear Pandemic Is Spreading in Japan - IDN-InDepthNews | Analysis That Matters

Almost Unnoticed Nuclear Pandemic Is Spreading in Japan - IDN-InDepthNews | Analysis That Matters: IDN-InDepthNews is flagship agency of the global International Press Syndicate Group speaking out for people, planet and peace.

Nuclear Power Plant and Equipment Market Scope, Strategy Framework & Forecasts by 2025 – re:Jerusalem

Nuclear Power Plant and Equipment Market Scope, Strategy Framework & Forecasts by 2025 – re:Jerusalem: Global nuclear power plant and equipment market was valued at $36,484 million in 2017, and is projec

Covid-19 divides and weakens the nuclear sector in Sout...

Covid-19 divides and weakens the nuclear sector in Sout...: The coronavirus crisis is undermining the business plan and turnaround strategy at the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa. The resulting losses are creating debilitating divisions between labour, middle and senior management, executives and boards of Necsa and its subsidiaries – as we...

German nuclear industry cautious about usefulness of small reactors for energy transition | Clean Energy Wire

German nuclear industry cautious about usefulness of small reactors for energy transition | Clean Energy Wire

Loathe Your Loved One’s Politics? Here’s Some Advice - WSJ

Loathe Your Loved One’s Politics? Here’s Some Advice - WSJ: Two weeks from an election that has fueled bitter partisan divides, here are some ways to navigate relationships with people with opposing views.

Holtec accelerates US NRC design certification for SMR-160 - Nuclear Engineering International

Holtec accelerates US NRC design certification for SMR-160 - Nuclear Engineering International: Holtec International said that its drive to secure design certification for its SMR-160 small modular reactor from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) was “on an accelerated schedule”.At a kickoff meeting with the NRC...

Governor wants to stop spent nuclear fuel from coming to West Texas | KTAB - BigCountryHomepage.com

Governor wants to stop spent nuclear fuel from coming to West Texas | KTAB - BigCountryHomepage.com: ANDREWS, Texas — Governor Greg Abbott on Thursday announced that he opposes a plan to store spent nuclear waste in Andrews County. Abbott said he asked the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to deny a federal license for the proposed facility. For more than a decade, Andrews County has hosted the storage of low-level nuclear waste. […]

Thursday, November 5, 2020

EM News Flash November 5, 2020

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EM News Flash | Nov. 5

Crews Demolish 10th And Final Building at ETEC Radioactive Materials Handling Facility

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A crew tears down a stack attached to Building 4022 at the Radioactive Materials Handling Facility (RMHF) at the Energy Technology Engineering Center. Teardown of the structure marked the completion of demolition of a set of 10 buildings at the RMHF.


SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – Workers accomplished one of EM’s 2020 priorities today after safely tearing down the last of 10 buildings at the Radioactive Materials Handling Facility (RMHF) at the Energy Technology Engineering Center (ETEC) in Ventura County, California.

DOE and the State of California signed a consent order in May to demolish the 10 DOE-owned buildings at ETEC. Crews at the former nuclear and liquid metals research site started active cleanup on July 21.

Leading up to the significant cleanup milestone, workers made swift progress safely demolishing four buildings in the first week, and three in the subsequent week. By September, the eighth and ninth buildings — a small waste storage and packaging facility, and a building for low-level waste packaging, processing, decommissioning of parts, and laundry — were taken down at RMHF.

A crew took down the tenth building, a materials storage and processing site, today.

“I’m thrilled that despite hurdles like the COVID-19 pandemic, our crews were able to deliver on EM’s commitment to complete this phase of demolition at ETEC safely, and on time," said ETEC Federal Project Director John Jones, who is leading the effort for EM.

"A lot of painstaking preparation went into reaching this milestone," Jones added. "And we’ll continue to work with the State of California to get the ETEC site to final cleanup and completion." 


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Building 4022 was the 10th and final building crews tore down at the Radioactive Materials Handling Facility at the Energy Technology Engineering Center.


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The site of Building 4022 after workers knocked down the structure at the Radioactive Materials Handling Facility at the Energy Technology Engineering Center.


Removing all 10 RMHF facilities, which were constructed in 1959 and used for the processing, packaging, and shipment of radioactive and mixed hazardous wastes during site operations that ended in 1988, reduces potential risk of release of hazardous substances due to wildfires or erosion from severe storms.

ETEC, located in Area IV of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, served as a premier research facility from the 1950s until the end of active operations. Since the 1980s, more than 250 structures on the site have been demolished and removed.

With the completion of demolition of the 10 buildings in the RMHF complex, only eight DOE structures remain at ETEC. On Nov. 4, DOE announced the signing of an Amendment to the May 2020 Order on Consent with the State of California to demolish those eight remaining DOE-owned buildings. The action will fulfill DOE’s commitment to complete building demolition at ETEC.

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Democrats’ Energy Dilemma | RealClearEnergy

Democrats’ Energy Dilemma | RealClearEnergy: The biggest challenge facing a putative first-term Joe Biden administration and the Democratic Party may lie with energy policy, where gentry and green wishful thinking confront the daily realities of

Energy Regulator FERC Finds Itself Cornered Over Climate Change

Energy Regulator FERC Finds Itself Cornered Over Climate Change: FERC has spent the last three years issuing rules that insulate electricity markets from responsibility for the climate damages they cause. The result has been a backlash from the states.

Justice Barrett's confirmation and how it may affect the energy industry | Utility Dive

Justice Barrett's confirmation and how it may affect the energy industry | Utility Dive: Utility industry news and analysis for energy professionals.

The future of nuclear: power stations could make hydrogen, heat homes and decarbonise industry

The future of nuclear: power stations could make hydrogen, heat homes and decarbonise industry: Don't count nuclear energy out – it may be our best hope of reaching net-zero emissions within the time we have left.

Federal Policy Outlook for 2021 -- ANS / Meetings / 2020 ANS Virtual Winter Meeting / Technical Sessions

Federal Policy Outlook for 2021 -- ANS / Meetings / 2020 ANS Virtual Winter Meeting / Technical Sessions

Holtec and Hitachi GE to provide used fuel storage to Japan - Nuclear Engineering International

Holtec and Hitachi GE to provide used fuel storage to Japan - Nuclear Engineering International: US-based Holtec International said on 2 November that, along with Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy Ltd (Hitachi-GE) it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to introduce and deploy Holtec’s canister-based dry storage and transport...

Hanford evaporator facility gets upgrades -- ANS / Newswire

Hanford evaporator facility gets upgrades -- ANS / Newswire

Ohio regulators launch another audit into FirstEnergy’s activities regarding House Bill 6 - cleveland.com

Ohio regulators launch another audit into FirstEnergy’s activities regarding House Bill 6 - cleveland.com: The audit will probe whether FirstEnergy Corp. officials had inappropriate contact with officials at a then-subsidiary during the push to pass a $1 billion-plus nuclear bailout.

Shipping industry should consider nuclear option for decarbonizing: experts | S&P Global Platts

Shipping industry should consider nuclear option for decarbonizing: experts | S&P Global Platts: Stakeholders in the maritime industry are consider increased uptake of nuclear power as one of its choices as it strives to meet decarbonization targets mandated by the International Maritime Industry

The I&C challenges for small modular reactors - Nuclear Engineering International

The I&C challenges for small modular reactors - Nuclear Engineering International

Holtec accelerates US NRC design certification for SMR-160 - Nuclear Engineering International

Holtec accelerates US NRC design certification for SMR-160 - Nuclear Engineering International: Holtec International said that its drive to secure design certification for its SMR-160 small modular reactor from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) was “on an accelerated schedule”.At a kickoff meeting with the NRC...

Exelon May Split Its Utilities From Nuclear, Generation Business | Greentech Media

Exelon May Split Its Utilities From Nuclear, Generation Business | Greentech Media: Exelon’s mulls a split for its generation business with two Illinois nuclear plants facing closure and others struggling.

Belarus connects its first nuclear power plant to the grid - Energy Live News

Belarus connects its first nuclear power plant to the grid - Energy Live News: Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, which is developing the project, said the nuclear facility will consist of two reactors, with a total capacity of 2.4GW

Defying Europe once again, Belarus plugs Astravets nuclear power plant into national grid - Emerging Europe | Intelligence, Community, News

Defying Europe once again, Belarus plugs Astravets nuclear power plant into national grid - Emerging Europe | Intelligence, Community, News: Impervious to international safety concerns, Belarus starts up its first nuclear power plant. “Cynical ignorance” is how Lithuania’s foreign minister, Linas Linkevicius, described the news that a nuclear power plant in neighbouring Belarus had been put into operation on November 3. The plant, at Astravets, which is less than 50 kilometres from the Lithuanian capital …

Best practices in nuclear infrastructure development: book | IAEA

Best practices in nuclear infrastructure development: book | IAEA: Developing and constructing a nuclear power plant involves government bodies, multiple expert and construction teams, a large set of materials and the coordinated work of thousands of people as well as input from a myriad of interdisciplinary groups at all levels.

Belarusian nuclear reactor begins commercial production amid protests from the Baltics - Bellona.org

Belarusian nuclear reactor begins commercial production amid protests from the Baltics - Bellona.org: Belarus’ first nuclear power plant began operating Tuesday, a project that has caused jitters in neighboring Lithuania, which immediately …

Grid connection for Belarus' first nuclear power plant - Nuclear Engineering International

Grid connection for Belarus' first nuclear power plant - Nuclear Engineering International: Belarus has joined the growing number of countries using nuclear power to produce electricity following grid connection of its first commercial reactor.The Russian-designed VVER-1200 unit, Ostrovets 1, supplied its first electricity to the...

Nuclear Power and Japan’s 2050 Climate Pledge – The Diplomat

Nuclear Power and Japan’s 2050 Climate Pledge – The Diplomat: Japan’s latest carbon-neutrality pledge puts the spotlight on the challenges facing the country’s nuclear power industry.

The future of nuclear: power stations could make hydrogen, heat homes and decarbonise industry

The future of nuclear: power stations could make hydrogen, heat homes and decarbonise industry: Don't count nuclear energy out – it may be our best hope of reaching net-zero emissions within the time we have left.

Belarus Cranks Up 1st Nuclear Plant; Lithuania is Fearful

Belarus Cranks Up 1st Nuclear Plant; Lithuania is Fearful: MOSCOW -- Belarus' first nuclear power plant began operating Tuesday, a project that has spooked its neighbor Lithuania, which immediately cut off

Several U.S. utilities back out of deal to build novel nuclear power plant | Science | AAAS

Several U.S. utilities back out of deal to build novel nuclear power plant | Science | AAAS

U.S. Businesses Support Clean Power (Again) with Ambitious Plan for Wholesale Energy Markets | The Energy Collective Daily

 

U.S. Businesses Support Clean Power (Again) with Ambitious Plan for Wholesale Energy Markets | The Energy Collective Daily

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Dumping Fukushima’s Water into the Ocean - CounterPunch.org

Dumping Fukushima’s Water into the Ocean - CounterPunch.org: For nearly a decade the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant has been streaming radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean. As it happens, TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Co.) struggles to control it. Yet, the bulk of the radioactive water is stored in more than 1,000 water tanks. Assuredly, Japan’s government has made an informal decision More

Japanese nuclear regulator's website hit by possible cyberattack | The Japan Times

Japanese nuclear regulator's website hit by possible cyberattack | The Japan Times: The incident comes a week after the regulatory body's intranet detected unauthorized access from outside.

Belarus cranks up 1st nuclear plant; Lithuania is fearful

Belarus cranks up 1st nuclear plant; Lithuania is fearful: MOSCOW (AP) — Belarus' first nuclear power plant began operating Tuesday, a project that has spooked its neighbor Lithuania, which immediately cut off importing electricity from Belarus at the...

Rosatom plans ground-based SMR for Yakutia - Nuclear Engineering International

Rosatom plans ground-based SMR for Yakutia - Nuclear Engineering International: Rosatom is planning to build a small nuclear power plan in Yakutia. A field survey has been completed at a potential site in the village of Ust-Kuyga and by the end of 2020 Rusatom Overseas plans to send a declaration of intent to invest in the...

Building the Versatile Test Reactor with Digital Engineering Tools - ASME

Building the Versatile Test Reactor with Digital Engineering Tools - ASME: Engineers at Idaho National Laboratory have adapted digital engineering technology to help build the Department of Energy’s proposed Versatile Test Reactor. It is expected that developing VTR via digital engineering will significantly reduce risk by organizing all the project’s data and models in a centralized, interactive system that guides the complex project from inception, through design and construction, and into operations.

As Carbon Free Power Project Continues, Mixed Feelings Abound | UPR Utah Public Radio

As Carbon Free Power Project Continues, Mixed Feelings Abound | UPR Utah Public Radio: The Carbon Free Power Project, owned by the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS), aims to provide the region with nuclear energy by 2030. Yet,

Idaho Site continues cleanup progress under 25-year-old landmark agreement - Local News 8

Idaho Site continues cleanup progress under 25-year-old landmark agreement - Local News 8: It’s been 25 years since the Department of Energy (DOE), the state of Idaho, and U.S. Navy signed a landmark agreement providing timelines for offsite transuranic waste shipments, the transfer of spent nuclear fuel from wet to dry storage, and the treatment and shipment of high-level radioactive wastes.

Researcher developing novel system for nuclear waste repositories | Texas A&M University Engineering

Researcher developing novel system for nuclear waste repositories | Texas A&M University Engineering: Dr. Yong-Rak Kim, in collaboration with researchers from the Sandia National Laboratories and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, received a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a novel system in engineered barriers to isolate and contain nuclear fuel waste.

Holtec's Small Modular Reactor | Holtec International

Holtec's Small Modular Reactor | Holtec International: SMR-160 is a passive, intrinsically safe, secure and economical small modular reactor that has the flexibility to be used in remote locations, in areas with limited water supplies or land, and in unique industrial applications where traditional larger reactors are not practical.

Advanced nuclear: A climate-tech comeback story | Greenbiz

Advanced nuclear: A climate-tech comeback story | Greenbiz: Three key reasons the next generation of technology could redeem nuclear energy in the 21st century.

ECA Update November 4, 2020