January, 2010

Pro-Nuclear Power Blogs

Pro-Nuclear Power Blogs
Blogs written by individuals, companies, and government agencies about nuclear power.

Idaho Samizdat: Nuke Notes

Dan Yurman covers political and economic news on nuclear energy and nonproliferation issues.
  • Next generation of nuclear reactors in Europe

    Leading nuclear fuels and materials science expert talks about what has to be done to get ready to build them (NucNet): NucNet Editor Mathieu Carey talks to Dame Sue Ion OBE * about the future of materials science and the emergence of China and India as global nuclear energy players. NucNet – Firstly...
  • Next generation of nuclear leadership in Europe

    The people who will run Europe’s new reactors are learning their skills now ( NucNet ) ( WNN ): A group of major European nuclear companies announced the launch of the European Nuclear Energy Leadership Academy (ENELA). In the wake of Europe’s nuclear energy renaissance, the purpose of the Academy is...
  • DOE’s Warren (Pete) Miller is good news for the nuclear renaissance

    Guest column -- Lane Allgood , Executive Director, Partnership for Science & Technology ( PST ) ( Facebook ) Tel: 208-313-4166 Idaho Falls, ID During his presidential campaign, Barack Obama pledged to end our addiction to foreign oil, reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuels, deal with climate...
  • Chu names blue ribbon panel on spent nuclear fuel

    The group has real expertise. Let’s hope they do real work and don’t hand it off to staff. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced Jan 29 a Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future . The Commission, led by Lee Hamilton and Brent Scowcroft, will provide recommendations on managing spent nuclear...
  • Obama to triple nuclear loan guarantees

    Bloomberg wire service reports the increase will be requested in the 2011 budget Two people familiar with the Department of Energy budget for 2011 have told the Bloomberg wire service that the President’s budget for 2011 will include a request to add $36 billion to the nuclear energy loan guarantee program...
  • TVA gets NRC nod for Bellefonte reactors

    NRC takes first step to reinstate construction licenses, but there are still big decisions ahead for TVA Think of all the metaphors about Phoenix birds rising out of the ashes and then apply them to what’s happening on a 1,600 acre site along the banks of the Tennessee River in northern Alabama. There...
  • Are dark days ahead for nuclear energy in the sunshine state

    Florida regulators slam on the brakes over rate increases The two major nuclear utilities in Florida, Progress Energy ( NYSE:PGN ) and Florida Power & Light (FPL) ( NYSE:FPL ), came away Jan 13 from a meeting with the Public Service Commission (PSC) with a lot less than they asked for to build new...
  • Western lands uranium gopher for 01/23/10

    This blog post is an edited version of content published in Fuel Cycle Week for 01/13/10 V9:N359 by International Nuclear Associates, Washington, DC. Strathmore gets better offer for Reno Creek. Bayswater matches it. The Reno Creek property in Wyoming was briefly the object of a bidding war between Bayswater...
  • UK new nuclear build will not get government subsidies

    Taxpayers off the hook for cost of new plants ( NucNet ) The British government will not use taxpayers’ money to subsidize  the construction of new nuclear power plants, Philip Hunt , (right) minister of state at the Department of Energy and Climate Change said Jan 21. In an online question and...
  • Canadian uranium update for 01/21/10

    McClean Lake Mill on standby for lack of ore Just before Christmas 140 workers at Areva's McLean Lake uranium mill in Saskatchewan got a holiday greeting they'd been dreading for some time. The firm announced plans to lay off 140 workers in 2010 because of a lack of ore from Cameco's Cigar...
  • Small fast reactor to offer 100 MW

    It will be factory built with 20-year fuel loads and is based on the historically significant design of EBR-II Among the many offerings being developed in the small reactor category, one has a unique legacy. Advanced Reactor Concepts LLC ( ARC ) is based on technology used over a 30-year period by the...
  • MOX & commercial nuclear updates from Japan

    Two reactors start using it. With these reports Idaho Samizdat is pleased to announce the start of posting selected dispatches via NucNet from the World Nuclear Organization. ( NucNet ) (Jan 18) The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has given permission for the Tohoku Electric Power...
  • Next generation nuclear leadership

    The people who will operate the reactors of the nuclear renaissance are all under 40.   What are the qualities necessary for the next generation of leadership to run the nuclear reactors that are now on the drawing boards of the world’s commercial electric utilities?  By 2012-2015, most of...
  • Nuclear reactor scorecard

    Best prospects for actually building one Like the barker at a baseball game, you cannot tell the players without a program.  The Department of Energy (DOE) and the American Nuclear Society (ANS) periodically publish updates on the status of new nuclear builds in the U.S.  At DOE a quarterly...
  • After Copenhagen: What Was Achieved?

    Two experts on climate to talk about it in free, online webcast Free Live Webcast January 26, 1 PM EST / 10 AM PST Registration sign-up here The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, or Cop15, took place in Copenhagen December 2009 with the goal of establishing a new climate treaty to replace the...
  • White House slashing DOE nuclear R&D budget

    Energy Secretary Chu sends protest letter to OMB A President bent on pushing deficit reduction buttons anywhere he can find them has hit a few at the Department of Energy.  Earlier this week the Office of Management & Budget tried to cut the Environmental Management program by a considerable...
  • Oyster Creek under fire over cooling towers

    Environmental groups are not giving up on efforts to close the recently relicensed reactor A coalition of a half-dozen environmental groups, thwarted in their efforts to shut down one of the nation’s oldest operating commercial nuclear reactors, has a new tactic. The groups are pushing the State of New...
  • White House aide speaks up for nuclear energy

    Carol Browner says she is talking with the industry In an public live online chat ( video ) held Jan 12, Ms. Browner , a top energy and environmental aide to President Barack Obama, finally moved the pointer, relative to nuclear energy policy, on the ship-of-state’s telegraph from dead stop, past stand...
  • Dominion weighs choice of reactor design

    Utility will review responses from the industry for third reactor at North Anna site With billions of dollars weighing in the balance, Dominion ( D:NYSE ) is following the principles of the “prudent investor” in making up its mind which nuclear reactor design to reference in a license application to...
  • Exelon keeps options open for Texas reactor project

    Texas sized uncertainties loom in the near-term Sometime in the next three months Exelon will file an Early Site Permit application with the NRC. The review process will take about two years. The action will keep the nuclear utility’s options open to eventually build a new nuclear power station near...
  • AEHI leaves pink sheets for OTC

    It is a move to raise confidence in its stock Alternate Energy Holdings, Inc. ( AEHI:OB) announced it received approval from the National Association of Securities Dealers ( NASD )( FIRNA ) to list and trade its common stock on the Over-The-Counter Bulletin Board effective Jan 8, 2010. Don Gillispie...
  • Nuclear Energy Twitter Feed & Group

    Join, read, post, put it on your blog or web site A new expression in the use of the social media tool Twitter is now available for people who support the use of nuclear energy as a carbon emission free source of energy. It is called a ‘Twibe’ which is a made up word that means a ‘tribe’ of twitter users...
  • We don’t need no stinking facts

    Eastern Idaho State Legislator and a Pocatello TV station create a tempest in a teapot The Idaho State Legislature is back in session this week and headline seeking in Boise is already taking its toll. Not that KPVI (NBC) in Pocatello is blameless. It’s reporter seems to have been out of the room when...
  • AEHI will compress space/time for reactor projects

    Faster than light travel claimed for Idaho nuclear project Alternative Energy Holdings Inc. ( PK:AEHI ) wasted little time issuing a press release in an effort to ride the coat tails of the $20 billion award by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to a consortium of South Korean, Japanese, and American firms...
  • No clue on status of loan guarantees

    Department of Energy is mum after promising awards just before the holidays Less than a month ago, the Department of Energy (DOE) was giving strong signals that a long-running impasse with the Office of Management & Budget (OMB) had been resolved on the pricing of premiums for federal loan guarantees...