October, 2010

Pro-Nuclear Power Blogs

Pro-Nuclear Power Blogs
Blogs written by individuals for the advancement of nuclear power.

Idaho Samizdat: Nuke Notes

Dan Yurman covers political and economic news on nuclear energy and nonproliferation issues.
  • Nuclear news roundup for Oct 1, 2010

    Italy needs stability for new nuclear build ( NucNet ) The chief executive officer of Italian utility Enel has said Sept 30 that the industry’s efforts to begin a new nuclear build program will prove “futile” if the initiative is halted by a future change in government. Speaking on 28 September 2010...
  • Finally some good news about the UK new nuclear build

    The Liberal Party signs up for the nation's energy future It is good news when the foreign secretary of the U.K. government delivers a speech that is talking about the future of the nation's new nuclear build. William Hague (right) told the Council on Foreign Relations in New York Sept 27 the...
  • ANS Social Media Meet-up Nov 9th

    The second annual session has an offical host and an exclusive sponsor A meet-up of anyone attending the ANS winter meeting in Las Vegas who is interested in the use of social media in the nuclear industry will be held Tuesday Nov 9th, from 6-9 PM at the Riviera Hotel & Casino , in the Royal 3 room...
  • Spain’s erratic energy policy

    The government can’t make up its mind to support gas, solar, nuclear, or none of the above ( NucNet contributed to this report. ) Spain is an energy island in Europe with less than 2% of its power coming across the border from France. This fact makes energy policy a critical success factor in forging...
  • Ghosts of SL-1 put to rest

    Rod Adams writes an accessible technical explanation of what went wrong On a bitter cold night January 3, 1961, a terrible accident occurred on the Arco desert 45 miles west of Idaho Falls, ID. Three men were killed in an accident involving a small experimental nuclear reactor. No one else was injured...
  • Will the nuclear fuel bank open for business?

    Financing may dry up if nations don't act On September 20, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu brought a suitcase full of carrots and sticks to the annual meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency ( IAEA ). Getting his luggage through airport security and customs was easy. The hard part is getting...
  • Nuclear fabrication vendors waiting for loan guarantees

    You can't make stuff if utilities aren't building reactors This blog post is based on my report published in Fuel Cycle Week V9:N395 on 09/30/10 by International Nuclear Associates, Washington, DC The annual conference of the Nuclear Fabrication Consortium ( NFC ) held in Cleveland Sept 21 was...
  • Constellation walks away from Calvert Cliffs

    Utility blames feds for “unworkable” terms on loan guarantee Constellation Energy ( NYSE:CEG ) sent a letter Friday 10/8 to the Department of Energy (DOE) “that it cannot move forward” with a loan guarantee for the Calvert Cliffs III nuclear reactor project. The Washington Post reported that Constellation...
  • Unanswered questions about Constellation

    What really happened with Calvert Cliffs? In the middle of the night early Saturday Oct 9, long after the stock exchanges had closed, Constellation Energy Group ( NYSE:CEG ) issued an angry press release that it was walking away from the Calvert Cliffs III nuclear power plant. The utility said the reason...
  • Your government at work

    Life goes on for the Department of Energy The Department of Energy woke up after a three-day slumber through the Columbus Day holiday and said it would try to bring Constellation back to the negotiating table for a loan guarantee for the $7.7 billion Calvert Cliffs III nuclear reactor.  The Office...
  • Czech utility postpones new build at Temelin

    The $25 billion deal will be delayed due to lower demand for electricity One of the largest pending deals in the global nuclear industry took a major step backwards Oct 12 with the postponement of construction at the Temelin power station of up to five new reactors in the Czech Republic. The Czech news...
  • Western Lands Uranium Gopher for 10/15/10

    NRC issues license for Moore Ranch This blog post is an edited version of my article published in Fuel Cycle Week V9:N396 October 7, 2010, by International Nuclear Associates, Washington, DC. A 7,100 acre site in northeastern Wyoming is the recipient of the first NRC license in almost 13 years for an...
  • What to read about nuclear energy?

    Accessible books about nuclear power and its place in the world Asia is rising as the dominant developer of nuclear energy. China, India, South Korea, and Japan are deeply committed to nuclear energy. Smaller countries like Brazil, Vietnam, and the UAE are lining up their investment in new reactors....
  • UK moves ahead with eight new reactor sites

    Energy Minister Chris Huhne makes the urgent case for new nuclear power stations The UK coalition government confirmed eight sites Oct 18 as "suitable" for development eight new nuclear reactor power station within the next 15 years. It confirmed two reactor designs which will be used to build...
  • Few bright spots in Calvert Cliffs future

    EDF faces serious barriers to take over the project Mark Friday October 8 th as a 'black Friday" because it may be one of the most significant reversals in the short history of the U.S. nuclear renaissance. Constellation Energy (NYSE:CEG) startled the federal government and Electricite De France...
  • India steps up role in Asian nuclear renaissance

    It’s liability law may lock out U.S. firms. Pres. Obama will want a resolution during his November visit. Indian pride in its growing role in the Asian nuclear renaissance was highlighted October 10 in a statement by Prithviraj Chavan , the incumbent government's Science & Technology Minister...
  • Malevolent software impacts Iran's nuclear energy control systems

    As the worm turns In July 2010 a software worm, which is malevolent computer code, appeared on the radar screen of cyber security firms when it was found to be targeting computers running industrial control systems in Iran. News reports in the mainstream and computer trade press suggested that the Stuxnet...
  • 24th Carnival of Nuclear Energy Blogs

    Do you know where your electricity comes from? Charles Barton at Nuclear Green reviews the track record of the Obama Administration on energy policy. It did not bring home a good report card. He writes: "The Obama administration continues to make poorly thought out energy related decisions. Obama...
  • NRC budget guidance on Yucca called “partisan act”

    Two members of House Appropriations Committee raps Jaczko on it In the world of the Washington, DC, merry-go-round, it takes a lot to rile the members of the House Appropriations Committee  There is so much money flowing across their desks they usually don’t get too excited about the small potatoes...
  • EDF acquires Calvert Cliffs III

    French firm must find a U.S. partner. Loan guarantee issue remains a huge barrier to success. Constellation Energy ( NYSE:CEG ) sold off its nuclear future to Electricite de France ( EDF ) Oct 26 for about $250 million. The Washington Post reported the deal is composed of two parts. EDF will pay Constellation...
  • Small reactors roll at Savannah River

    GE-Hitachi inks deal to demonstrate PRISM technology. Former ANS President Tom Sanders, an expert on SMRs, will lead an energy park project. The Department of Energy lab at the Savannah River Site ( SRS ) has some  exciting developments in the realm of small modular reactors (SMRs).  It will...
  • Some good news in the U.S. for a change

    The setback at Calvert Cliffs not the end of the nuclear renaissance. There’s a lot of good news about it. Despite a very bad two weeks of sour news out of Maryland about Constellation’s Calvert Cliff’s project, there is still a lot of good news about the nuclear renaissance in the U.S.  The move...
  • Cracks in wall for California’s ban on nuclear energy

    The potential for nuclear energy is not lost on some of the state’s political and business leaders For the past three decades the State of California has banned the development of new nuclear reactors inside its borders. Green groups led by the Sierra Club have pulverized any effort to over turn the...
  • India signs nuclear liability convention

    One of the world’s oldest civilizations grapples with 21st century technology dilemmas In an effort to smooth the rough edges of a domestic law on liability of suppliers of components for nuclear reactors, India has signed an international agreement at the IAEA which set standards for compensation in...
  • Dale Klein open letter on NRC budget issue

    Full text at link below cover note As a former Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, I have watched  with some dismay the unfolding events surrounding NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko's decision to terminate the high-level waste (HLW) program license review. Of particular concern are his...