Tag: nuclear power

There is a lot of innovative thinking about the next generation of nuclear power plants. With so many bright minds, an extensive supply chain and some far-sighted research and development work underway throughout the world, I wonder how long we’ll have to wait until a truly bigger, better, game-changing nuclear power process or technology grabs…

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How much “new” nuclear and how soon? Those are the front-of-mind questions for nuclear and many cleaner energy advocates with today’s U.S. government approval of the construction and operation of two new nuclear power reactors by Southern Company in Georgia using the “AP1000” design by Westinghouse. The quick answer appears to be: a total of…

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The potential meltdown of one or more nuclear power reactors in the tragic wake of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan proves once again how difficult it is to assess and prepare for a disasters that can affect nuclear facilities and the residents living close by. Around 7 p.m. EST U.S., The New York Times…

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When critics rail against subsidies for efficiency and cleaner energy sources, one of the best rebuttals is the enormous amount of taxpayer money and other subsidies that flow into nuclear energy. On an apples-to-apples basis, the money for nuclear energy overwhelms subsidies for efficiency and clean energy sources that have no significant other costs, which…

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A slew of criticism in the Canada’s mainstream media recently suggests tough sledding ahead for utilities globally as they slip and slide onto to smarter grids. Consider these headlines, all since the middle of September, on Ontario Hydro’s move to introduce time-of-use pricing. It’s newly launched program is designed to encourage electricity consumers to reduce…

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Baltimore Gas & Electric has made admirable strides plotting, researching and testing smarter grid applications (see p. 18) backed by a promise from the U.S. Department of Energy to help deployment with a $200 million “Stimulus” grant. But the utility made one miscalculation early in 2010, at least in the eyes of Maryland’s Public Service…

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