It's probably safe to say that nearly everyone who talks or writes anything about energy and power has made the mistake -- perhaps only as a typographical error -- of writing or saying "gigawatt" in a situation where the correct term is "gigawatt-hour". Those of us who have real understanding of the topic, however, will […]
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South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, three historically large markets for uranium and fuel cycle services, have been under siege by organized antinuclear opponents who have made the most from Fukushima to rally public support for their efforts. To paraphrase a cliché, nuclear energy opponents did not let an attention-getting crisis go to waste. As a […]
Fred Krupp, the president of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), published a commentary in the Wall Street Journal titled How Local Utilities Gamed the Natural Gas Market. The article subtitle briefly explains his theory -- They booked large orders and then cancelled at the last minute, which pushed electric prices up by 20%. Krupp's commentary […]
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There are many pundits writing about the U.S. electricity markets today who hope that their readers haven't studied market behavior and competitive price formation. They want their readers or listeners to accept their narrative and believe that keeping struggling generators in the market will be a costly market intervention resulting in higher customer prices. The […]
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Tony Klein, a former Vermont legislator who played an important role in Vermont energy law creation during the last decade, recently gave a fascinating talk at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Vermont. Fortunately for those of us with a deep interest in energy politics, the talk was competently recorded for posterity […]
There is a pervasive myth claiming that energy is difficult to store. The objective fact is that our creator -- or nature if you prefer -- figured out how to store massive quantities of useable energy at the very beginning. Aside: Refined electricity storage doesn't appear to be difficult from a consumer's point of view. Charging small […]
This episode of the Atomic Show is a conversation among five clean energy advocates who attended the COP with the goal of sharing what they know about the ways that nuclear energy can help reduce global emissions while also providing a growing amount of reliable power. With more power, more people will have a pathway […]
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Leslie Dewan and Mark Massie, the co-founders of Transatomic, are striving to make a difference in the world. They want to bring power and light to those who do not have it and they want to show a way to turn "waste" into valuable fuel. In this Fast Company Freethink production, Dewan shares her inspirations […]
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Editor's Note: Sometimes stories are best told out of sequence. We're starting here with part 3 of a timely tale about a strong leader with a moral compass who has decided to enter into a political race out of faith in his country, its system and himself. By Michael Shellenberger When I started Environmental Progress […]
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Some recent converts to nuclear energy advocacy are offended and confused by the fact that nuclear energy and coal have been lumped together in the Department of Energy's recent effort to return profitable conditions to established power plants that do not depend on favorable weather or just-in-time natural gas fuel delivery. A segment of the […]
On Friday, a well-respected energy industry observer posed an important question on Twitter. Michael Liebreich @MLiebreich Replying to @tder2012 @Daniel_W_See and 4 others Answer. The. Question: Why have you concluded that attacking cheap wind and solar is the best way to help nuclear? Please explain, because from where I sit it's pretty darn clear: the […]
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Greentech Media recently published another article claiming that there is a new report that supports its contention that the NOPR -- Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to establish a Grid Resilience Pricing Rule -- Sec. of Energy Perry sent to FERC is misguided. I cannot help but wonder if the author read the report. If he […]
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Advanced nuclear development projects have made some significant steps during 2017. I met -- via Skype -- with representatives of three of the projects yesterday. Several more were invited, but were busy doing business even on a Sunday evening. The three who were able to attend were Seth Grae, the CEO of Lightbridge (NASDAQ: LTBR), […]
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Early this morning, Senate Republicans passed a tax reform package. Despite passing generous, deficit-increasing legislation that includes many provisions that favor corporations and most forms of energy production, it did not include an extension of the operational deadline that must be met to qualify for the nuclear production tax credit. In my analysis, there is […]
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The Georgia Public Service Commission unanimously approved a plan to continue the Vogtle Expansion Project. Georgia Power, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Southern Company, immediately accepted the deal contained in the plan and will continue moving forward with due diligence and effort. The announced decisions made me even more confident that there is strong […]
I apologize for the virtual silence here over the past couple of weeks. I've been keeping up a fairly active presence on Twitter, posting short updates and getting involved in a few serious conversations as time allows. Even if you do not have a Twitter account, you can read my feed at https://twitter.com/Atomicrod?s=17 One topic […]
Since 2014, investor-focused publications have used terms like 'awash in oil', 'oil glut' and even 'world is "drowning" in oil' to describe the world's stockpile of already extracted and stored inventory of crude oil. Similar phrases have also been occasionally used to describe inventories of various refined products like gasoline, distillate fuel oil, and kerosene. […]
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Urenco, Bruce Power and AMEC NSS Limited recently announced that they had signed an MOU to cooperate in the design, licensing and development of Urenco's U-Battery micro nuclear system for the Canadian electricity and heat market. The U-Battery contains a 10 MWth nuclear heat source that can be configured to produce either 4 MWe plus […]
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NuScale, a leader in the increasingly competitive field of advanced nuclear reactor design, has announced that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) reviewers issued a document that formally agrees that their design does not require any electrical power to achieve safe shutdown. It's difficult to explain the importance of that regulatory position. People with experience […]
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