• Fri, Aug 31 2007

    Ohio RPS Includes Nuclear Energy

    From the Toledo Blade : Gov. Ted Strickland's energy proposal calls for Ohio's electric utilities to invest heavily in renewable and advanced energy, but it remains to be seen how much of a hammer the state would swing to make it happen. The administration has not said what would happen to a utility if it fails to meet the requirement that 25 percent of its power supply come from "advanced energy' ...read more
    • Fri, Aug 31 2007

    More on Ontario's Energy Plan

    We Support Lee has a great roundup of stories related to yesterday's announcement from the province of Ontario's 20-year electrical plan. Be sure to check it out. Elsewhere, Canada is interested in GNEP . ...read more
    • Fri, Aug 31 2007

    Moore Gives DiCaprio's Movie a Thumbs Down

    Dr. Patrick Moore of the CASEnergy Coalition has seen Leonardo DiCaprio's new movie, and he came away less than impressed : DiCaprio’s movie, The 11th Hour, is another example of anti-forestry scare tactics, this time said to be “brilliant and terrifying” by James Christopher of the London Times. Maybe so, but instead of surrendering to the terror, keep in mind that there are solutions to the challenges ...read m...
    • Fri, Aug 31 2007

    NEI's Energy Markets Report - August 20 - 24, 2007

    Here's a summary of what went on in the energy markets last week: Electricity peak prices all decreased by more than $5/MWh. Except for the Palo Verde hub, the current week’s averages are all below the last four week’s average. If last year’s seasonal trends repeat this year, electricity prices could be expected to decline and remain below the 52 week average through September and October (see ...read more
    • Thu, Aug 30 2007

    The Sky Is Not Falling

    In response to news that Energy Alberta plans to build a twin-CANDU plant, the London Free-Press (Ontario) had this to say: As concerns about global warming rise to fever pitch, a full-flung debate on the role of nuclear energy in reducing CO2 emissions -- and fears about safety -- is essential. You'd think the green movement, which led the charge to reduce CO2 emissions, would welcome such an opportunity ...read mor...
    • Thu, Aug 30 2007

    NRDC's Cochran on Dry Cask Storage and Earthquakes

    Got an interesting piece of information I wanted to pass along. Back on June 28, Tom Cochran Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's nuclear program, testified before the California Energy Commission . Following his testimony, Commissioner James D. Boyd asked Cochran whether or not storing used nuclear fuel in dry casks was safe given California's history with earthquakes. Here's ...read more
    • Thu, Aug 30 2007

    New U.K. Poll Shows New Support for Nuclear Energy

    For a while now, I've written that folks ought to be careful when reading public opinion polls concerning nuclear energy in Europe. For the most part, as we've pointed out here at NEI Nuclear Notes, these polls were taken before the 2005 crisis over natural gas supply that took place involving Russia and Ukraine -- an event that clearly demonstrated the need for diversity in Europe's energy portfolio ...read more
    • Thu, Aug 30 2007

    Argentina to Complete Atucha II

    Details from Marketwatch . ...read more
    • Thu, Aug 30 2007

    Ontario to Phase Out Coal by 2014, Build More Nuclear

    From yesterday's National Post Ontario's power system will rely on more wind, solar and other renewable energy sources, build more nuclear power plants and ask consumers to save more electricity to meet the province's energy needs for the next two decades under a sweeping $60-billion plan unveiled yesterday by the Ontario Power Authority. The plan would phase out Ontario's greenhouse ...read more
    • Wed, Aug 29 2007

    Food Irradiation and Agriculture

    From the New York Times : Pierre Lagoda pulled a small container from his pocket and spilled the contents onto his desk. Four tiny dice rolled to a stop. “That’s what nature does,” Dr. Lagoda said. The random results of the dice, he explained, illustrate how spontaneous mutations create the genetic diversity that drives evolution and selective breeding. He rolled the dice again. This time, he was mimicking ...read mo...
    • Tue, Aug 28 2007

    U.S. and Russia to Ink Bilateral Nuclear Energy Pact in Fall

    From RIA-Novosti : A senior Russian nuclear official said Tuesday that a deal is likely to be signed with the United States this fall on the civilian use of nuclear power. The document, initialed two months ago, envisages the transfer of fissile materials, and relevant installations and equipment. "We hope the document will be signed during the coming fall," said Nikolai Spassky, deputy head ...read more
    • Tue, Aug 28 2007

    On Russian Floating Nuclear Power Plants

    Kite, String and Key is getting used to the idea. ...read more
    • Tue, Aug 28 2007

    U.S. And Australia to Sign Bilateral Nuclear Energy Agreement

    From news.com.au : PRESIDENT George W. Bush and John Howard will sign a new bilateral nuclear power pact during APEC, committing both countries to share research and development expertise. Although the agreement is not legally binding, it follows a similar agreement Washington struck with Japan and establishes a framework for Australia, should it decide to establish a nuclear power industry. "There ...read more
    • Tue, Aug 28 2007

    CPS Energy Endorses Nuclear Energy for San Antonio

    From MySA.com : The staff of CPS Energy on Monday strongly endorsed expanding San Antonio's use of nuclear power, recommending that the company's board support development of more nuclear generation. Saying the city's needs for more power will be acute by 2016, a key CPS official said nuclear power is the least expensive answer to the city's growing need for more electricity. "Nuclear generation costs ...read more
    • Tue, Aug 28 2007

    Energy Alberta Files for New Nuclear Plant

    From Reuters : Energy Alberta Corp. said on Monday it filed an application with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission to build a nuclear power plant in Alberta that aims to be in service within 10 years. The Calgary, Alberta-based company said its application is for two twin-unit ACR-1000 advanced Candu reactors just west of Peace River in northern Alberta. "This is an historic moment for Canada ...read more
    • Mon, Aug 27 2007

    Temelin Gets IAEA Sign of Approval

    From Radio Praha : The drawn-out Czech-Austrian dispute over the Temelin nuclear power plant in south Bohemia, located just sixty kilometers from the Austrian border, took a new turn over the weekend when the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency Muhammad El Baradei threw his weight fully behind the Czech Republic. In an interview for Monday's edition of the Austrian paper Profil Mr. El ...read more
    • Mon, Aug 27 2007

    India Raises Nuclear Generation Target

    From The Telegraph (Calcutta): The government is planning to raise the target for nuclear power generation to 40,000MW by 2030 from 36,000MW. The Prime Minister’s energy co-ordination council had chalked out a plan to add 16,000MW of the power by 2020 and another 20,000MW over the next 10 years. Vilas Muttemwar, the minister for non-conventional energy and a member of the council, told The Telegraph ...read more
    • Mon, Aug 27 2007

    On Nuclear Energy and Public Opinion

    After reading about the results of an NEI-sponsored study that looked at how people living near nuclear power plants felt about new plants being built on current plant sites, Damon Cline of augusta.com had this to say : Now, I know what you’re thinking, of course a study paid for by a pro-nuclear group is going to look favorable for the industry, but consider this: The telephone survey of 1,152 randomly ...read more
    • Mon, Aug 27 2007

    Taking The Pro-Nuclear Fight to Daily Kos

    Long-time readers are already familiar with NNadir , a diarist at The Daily Kos who writes about nuclear energy and the role it can play in helping to constrain greenhouse gas emissions. Now it seems, NNadir has some company. David Walters, who also started the blog Left Atomics , has started his own diary at Daily Kos to take up the fight. Click here and here for his first two diaries. ...read more
    • Mon, Aug 27 2007

    Nuclear Revival Springs New Life Into Canadian Town

    After decades of quiet, there's a new buzz around Uranium City, Saskatchewan. For details, see the Toronto Star . ...read more
    • Mon, Aug 27 2007

    The Chicago Tribune On The Future of Nuclear Energy

    From the Chicago Tribune : The U.S. has 104 operating reactors at 65 sites, providing roughly 20 percent of the country's energy needs, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Illinois, with 11 reactors at six sites, has the highest nuclear capacity of any state. With energy consumption and concerns about global warming rising, more nuclear power is a must. It can be done efficiently ...read more
    • Mon, Aug 27 2007

    Hans Blix Backs New Nuclear Build

    Details from Australia's ABC . ...read more
    • Mon, Aug 27 2007

    Another Look at Work Force Issues

    Late on Friday afternoon, The WSJ Energy Blog picked up on an issue we've been writing about for some time now, namely the challenges ahead for the industry as it faces of wave of retirements inside the nuclear work force: The shrinking nuclear power workforce is “a big issue,” that the industry would have to resolve even if new nuclear plants weren’t on the drawing board, said Randy Hutchinson ...read more
    • Fri, Aug 24 2007

    The Blogroll

    As many of you can see, we've finally resurrected the Blogroll, something we lost when we switched to the Blogger beta a number of months ago. If you're not listed there, don't fret, just drop us a note and we'll add you to our list. ...read more
    • Fri, Aug 24 2007

    The Possible Impact of McCain-Lieberman

    Advanced Nanotechnology takes a harder look at S.280. ...read more