Olkiluoto Schedule Slips Now at One Year
Construction delays at the Olkiluoto EPR being built in
Areva downplayed the delays saying they are common for first-of-a-kind new plants, but that’s not acceptable in my book. First of all, the EPR is not all that different than the last PWRs built around the world in
Every plant built in
A little closer to home in
The Wall Street Journal theorized that TXU may be building the plants now so they can take advantage of future restrictions on CO2 emissions. If they get the plants built before the restrictions go into place TXU could earn "allowances" based on their new higher levels of CO2 - the higher the emissions, the larger the pollution allowances. This in effect would reward them for producing higher emissions before the carbon tax goes into effect.
What a contrast to this makes to the story we talked about last week where Entergy Corporation, another utility in the US South that has implemented voluntary CO2 reductions with some very impressive results. Entergy’s service territory includes part of
Wayne Leonard Named Chairman of the Board at Entergy
Wayne Leonard is turning out to be a refreshing voice, a little bit of a maverick, and a heck of a visionary, and he’s being rewarded for it. This week Entergy’s board of directors named him as their new chairman of the board when the current chairman Robert Luft retires on August 1. Wall Street apparently liked the news because Entergy’s stock price was up more than 3% this past week.
NY Times “Atomic Balm” Story
On July 16th the NY Times published an amazing piece by Jon Gertner advocating the renaissance of nuclear energy. I almost fell out of my chair when I read it! It is one of the most technically accurate history of the fall and reemergence of the
Nuclear Energy’s Role Emphasized at G8
The G8 leaders meeting in
"Those of us who have or are considering plans relating to the use and/or development of safe and secure nuclear energy believe that its development will contribute to global energy security, while simultaneously reducing harmful air pollution and addressing the climate change challenge. The development of innovative nuclear power systems is considered an important element for efficient and safe nuclear energy development. In this respect, we acknowledge the efforts made in the complementary frameworks of the INPRO project and the Generation IV International Forum (GIF).
That’s quite a mouthful, but it does say a lot about the world leaders’ belief that nuclear energy will play a pivotal role in creating a secure future for our children and generations to come.
The 11-member Generation IV International Forum (GIF) unanimously voted to admit
Nuclear performs in US heat wave.
All but one of the 103 US nuclear power reactors were on line coping with record demand across much of the country during a heat wave on July 17. The nuclear units contributed about 98,000 MWe net. Real-time power prices across the country topped $300/MWh (30c/kWh) and hit $399 in
The government published its much-anticipated Energy Review in which they stated nuclear power is a source of low carbon generation which contributes to the diversity of our energy supplies. Under likely scenarios for gas and carbon prices, new nuclear power stations would yield economic benefits in terms of carbon reduction and security of supply’.
In a House of Commons statement on the Energy Review, Trade & Industry Secretary Alistair Darling said that the government ‘has concluded that new nuclear power stations could make a significant contribution to meeting our energy policy goals’.
There’s much more than I can cover here, but I’ll put a link to the full report in my show notes for you to review for yourself. UK Energy Review Full Text
Washington Group International to Build National Enrichment Facility
In our last show we covered the granting of a construction and operating license to Louisiana Energy Services to build a new enrichment facility in
Energy and War
I try to stay out of international politics unless it’s directly related to the peaceful use of nuclear energy, but this is a case when I just can’t stay quiet. And the facts are – so much of what is happening in the
In the year 2000,
Iranian President Ahmadinejad has publicly threatened that
On June 25 Hamas terrorists tunneled into
What a surprise that we find Hezbollah has several thousand missiles now being launched at
And what great timing for
This little war they’ve started is a great distraction, don’t you think?
But I’m a bit of a pessimist here – it won’t really matter because they’re going to get nuclear weapons whether we like it or not. If they can’t make nukes for themselves, then they’ll buy them from their new best friends in
This is going to get a lot worse before it gets better. Thousands of innocent people are going to die, maybe even millions, and I doubt I’ll see the dust settle on this in my lifetime.
This is all the more reason for is to move ahead at full speed in any direction that can rid us the plague of reliance on that part of the world for anything, particularly something as important as energy.
It is becoming not only an economic issue, but a moral one as well. We each have a responsibility to reduce our energy consumption through every way possible:
Telecommute when you can
Use mass transit, car pool, walk or ride a bike to work
When your current vehicle is worn out replace it with a more efficient hybrid or E85 compatible vehicle. Plug in hybrids will be available soon, too
Turn off your computer, modem, and router when they are not in use
Turn your thermostat up in the summer and down in the winter, and
Use energy efficient florescent light bulbs
You can think of 100’s of little ways to reduce gasoline and electricity consumption. Believe me; it is going to be forced on us by economics, politics, and war. The time to change is when times are good and you can do it by choice, in a thoughtful and planned out way. The time to change is not when there’s an emergency and change is forced upon you. So my challenge to you is reduce to figure out how you can reduce both your gasoline consumption and electricity use by 10% within the next two months. I’ll bet you can even do more than that, but 10% is a good starting point.
Let me know how you do it – what energy saving techniques you use. Send me an note via email, record an audio file and email it to me, or post a message in the show notes and I’ll share what you send with the rest of the audience on a future show.
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