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DC Fast Charging Station Installed on I-5 in San Joaquin Valley [Updated]

May 25, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

This is the first of—we hope—a series of DC Fast Charging stations to be installed this month under US Green Vehicle Council’s contract with the California Energy Commission.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Fort Calhoun nuclear plant has become too expensive to run, company says

May 14, 2016,   by Cole Epley

The nuclear plant at Fort Calhoun is simply too expensive to run when compared to other, cheaper forms of power, the Omaha Public Power District’s chief executive said Thursday. So it needs to shut...

Category: Nuclear Power

Does nuclear help the integration of renewables?

May 8, 2016,   by Craig Morris

French nuclear therefore does not facilitate the integration of wind and solar in neighboring countries. Rather, it clogs up the grid and reduces flexibility.

Category: Nuclear Power

Backtracking on Clean Energy, Clinton Turns Chameleon on Coal

May 3, 2016,   by Lauren McCauley

Campaigning in Appalachia on Monday, Hillary Clinton claimed she "misspoke" when previously declaring her opposition to coal, telling voters that as president she would work to ensure that the...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Fast-charging corridor for electric cars to go up between Quebec and Ottawa by 2017

May 3, 2016,   by Rose Behar

This means 14 500-volt fast-charging stations will go up along Highways 401, 416, 417 and 17. The proposal also included the commissioning of eight 240-volt Level-2 charging stations to be built...

Category: Electric Vehicles

German public became educated, not fearful, after Chernobyl

May 2, 2016,   by Craig Morris

Overall, Chernobyl led to an educated German public, not a fearful one, as this book attests.

Category: Nuclear Power

Volkswagen & Shell Put The Hit Out On Electric Vehicles In New “Study”

April 29, 2016,   by Jay Cole

We are unsure of when this study was first commissioned, but you can be sure it was well before Volkswagen’s dieselgate scandal was in full bloom.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Volkswagen CEO apologized in person to Obama over scandal

April 28, 2016,   by DAVID McHUGH

Mueller used the company's annual news conference to also sketch out a plan to focus more on electric vehicles and services like car-sharing as it seeks to get past its emissions scandal.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Ont. budgets $20M for 500 electric vehicle charging stations in 2017

April 28, 2016,  

Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca says the government will work with 27 private and public sector partners to create a network of charging stations at over 250 different locations.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Nuclear written off before Chernobyl

April 26, 2016,   by Craig Morris

Chernobyl allowed the nuclear sector to claim that uninformed hippies blocked nuclear by spreading irrational fear. The claim not only overlooks Wall Street, but also supposes a level of influence...

Category: Nuclear Power

Samsung SDI Sells Loss-Making Fuel Cell Division, Plows Additional ₩1 Trillion Into Lithium-Ion Battery Development

April 26, 2016,   by Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield

So when we tell you that Samsung SDI has just sold its fuel cell division because it is simply unprofitable (and presumably has no long-term chance of making a profit), we think the facts speak for...

Category: Electric Vehicles

New Yazaki DC Fast Charging Connectors Big Improvement

April 25, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

The previous version required reading the instructions, watching a video on line, and--if you were smart—a practice session or two before you needed it on a road trip with a line of Nissan Leafs...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Why Electric Cars Ruled The Roads 100 Years Ago

April 24, 2016,   by Alanis King

The U.S. Department of Energy cites electric cars as making up about a third of all vehicles on the road in 1900. In 1911, the New York Times even called existing electric vehicles “ideal.”

Category: Electric Vehicles

First stirrings of call for ban on non-EVs in Germany

April 22, 2016,   by Craig Morris

Don’t add Germany to the list of countries officially considering banning sales of cars running on gasoline or diesel just yet. But several prominent people are pushing the government to take steps...

Category: Electric Vehicles

EDF postpones Hinkley C decision until next year

April 22, 2016,   by Dave Toke

The French Government has been faced with what seems to many to be the ludicrous prospect of heavily subsidising a power station to supply the British with electricity.

Category: Nuclear Power

City of Santa Clara Celebrates 49 EV Charging Stations in Parking Garage Near 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium, Convention Center, Great America Theme Park

April 20, 2016,  

The parking structure, situated near the Santa Clara Convention Center, Levi’s Stadium and the California Great America theme park, features 48 Level 2 chargers and one DC Fast Charger.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Our Nissan Leaf’s Traction Battery Capacity April 2016 Update

April 19, 2016,  

The general observation of other Nissan Leaf owners is true that the more you use the Leaf the better the traction battery capacity appears. Whether this is actual improvement in the traction...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

German automakers who once laughed off Elon Musk are now starting to worry

April 19, 2016,  

The proud makers of the world's top-selling luxury brands such as Mercedes, BMW, Audi and Porsche could not fathom how a small-time, loss-making upstart from California could ever compete with the...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Renewables 'too much power' problem is really nuclear's fault

April 19, 2016,   by Dave Toke

So let's get this right, the Torygraph is saying that nuclear power plant can't or won't turn down their power stations, so it's windfarms and solar farms that are the problem?

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

California has too much coal and nuclear

April 18, 2016,   by Craig Morris

A political arrangement is being passed off as a technical issue. Stop protecting nuclear and coal; get rid of baseload.

Category: Fossil Fuels

Austria Considers Prohibiting New Gas and Diesel Autos by 2020

April 13, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Previously, Norway and the Netherlands have also begun discussing whether to limit sales of new gasoline and diesel cars to reduce air pollution.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Leading global coal miner Peabody files for bankruptcy

April 13, 2016,   by Tracy Rucinski and Tom Hals

Leading global coal producer Peabody Energy Corp BTU.N filed for U.S. bankruptcy protection on Wednesday after a sharp drop in coal prices left it unable to service debt of $10.1 billion, much of it...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Phaseout Profit Theory Is an Exit Strategy

April 12, 2016,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

As the share of renewable grows, demand for fossil fuel goes down. All things equal, that would mean lower prices for fossil fuel.

Category: Fossil Fuels

Small Modular Reactors: wishful thinking on a grand scale

April 11, 2016,   by Dave Toke

ake a large number of scientists who have grown up with the firm belief that nuclear power is the future of energy, face them with the fact that nuclear power is proving to be undeliverable in...

Category: Nuclear Power

Longannet switch-off ends coal-fired power production in Scotland

April 9, 2016,  

"While the power station has served the nation for many years, the world is moving forward to cleaner, cheaper forms of renewable energy generation."

Category: Fossil Fuels

The Oil Industry Isn't A Passive Observer Concerning Electric Vehicles. Is This A Sign Of Panic?

April 8, 2016,   by Keith Williams

The point to consider is why would an industry body try to stop the inevitable? It hasn't worked out for the coal industry. It didn't work for Kodak.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Use of electric cars ‘must be accelerated’ to meet renewable energy targets

April 7, 2016,   by Conall Ó Fátharta

The roll-out of electric vehicles must be “greatly accelerated” to the point where, within five years, electric cars must account for 20% of all new cars sold in Ireland.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Scrapping Hinkley for renewable alternatives would save 'tens of billions'

April 5, 2016,   by Adam Vaughan

Solar and wind would generate the equivalent power to Hinkley over the plant’s planned lifetime for £40bn less, says analysis comparing future costs

Category: Nuclear Power

We Need to Electrify As Much Transportation As We Can

April 4, 2016,   by Richard Heinberg

We have to electrify as much of that energy usage as we can, because most of our renewable sources of energy produce electricity. That's true of solar and wind, geothermal and hydro power. So we need...

Category: Electric Vehicles

British Nuclear Plant Construction Should Be Delayed Say French Unions

March 31, 2016,   by Jake Richardson

Engineers at the French utility EDF have also called for delay, saying that the project is very complicated and unproven. “Right now, Hinkley is too risky for the company. We think it is better to...

Category: Nuclear Power

New law will help improve electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

March 31, 2016,   by David Schmalz

When Scott Negri’s restaurant project at The Dunes was approved by the Marina Planning Commission Feb. 11, it meant the addition of an amenity to the area that was barely discussed in several public...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Only electric cars should be sold in Netherlands from 2025

March 30, 2016,  

The Dutch parliament has taken the first step in banning petrol and diesel cars from sale in the Netherlands from 2025.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Here’s Why You Might Be an Electric Car Owner a Decade from Now

March 30, 2016,   by Bradley Berman

Those early adopters are paving the way for the mainstream buyer, and the automakers are lining up to greet them. Currently there are 12 battery electric vehicles and 14 plug-in hybrids (which use a...

Category: Electric Vehicles

BMW Quietly Confirms Longer-Range i3 Electric Car Set To Debut in UK This July

March 28, 2016,   by By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield

Confirmed multiple times in different interviews with BMW executives, the longer-range BMW i3 was promised to arrive by the end of summer, pushing the BMW i3 over the 100-mile range barrier for the...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Energy policy and uninformed opinion

March 27, 2016,   by Kurt Cobb

But there is another reason for resistance to careful thinking; it can be difficult and distressing, especially if it leads to conclusions that are uncomfortable or contrary to our current beliefs....

Category: Fossil Fuels

Coal ash & breaker boys

March 27, 2016,   by Sarah Forth

In Los Angeles, coal supplies 33 to 40 percent of the electricity provided by the L.A. Department of Water and Power, our city-owned public utility.

Category: Fossil Fuels

VW Scandal's Potential ‘Punishment’ Fits Electric-Car Strategy

March 26, 2016,   by JEANNIE NAUJECK

As part of its punishment for the emissions scandal, the EPA could also require VW to make electric or hybrid vehicles in Tennessee, according to several recent reports in the German press.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Canada will replace government limousines with electric vehicles and invest in EV infrastructure

March 23, 2016,  

In a symbolic gesture, the federal government also plans to replace their limousines with electric vehicles. Are we going to see Justin Trudeau in a Tesla?

Category: Electric Vehicles

Oregon says yes to coal-free electricity

March 20, 2016,   by Kurt Cobb

But negotiations between the two groups resulted in a legislative compromise--dubbed the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Plan--that will wean the state off coal-fired electricity no later than...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Will Norway ban gas & diesel cars by 2025?

March 20, 2016,   by Craig Morris

There is no intention to outright ban non-electric vehicles, however they will become very unfavorably taxed, making them a much less interesting alternative than electric cars.

Category: Electric Vehicles

New Rumors in Germany: VW to Build EV Plant & Charging Network in USA

March 18, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Rumors are swirling in Germany that Volkswagen (VW), under pressure to reach a settlement with US and California regulators by March 24th, is considering the creation of two mitigation funds and...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Small-town Indiana Chevy dealer is big on electric cars

March 17, 2016,  

I asked if he had noticed less interest in plug-in cars due to lower gas prices. He immediately said no, adding that those who were on the fence no longer showed strong interest—but that gas prices...

Category: Electric Vehicles

German coal is worthless

March 17, 2016,   by Craig Morris

Vattenfall has failed to find a buyer for its coal assets in Germany. The focus is now on alternative models, such as a fund to protect workers.

Category: Fossil Fuels

In 2015, solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in Italy generated 24,676 GWh of electricity, representing 9.1 per cent of Italy’s domestic electricity production and 7.8 per cent of the country’s overall consumption.

March 17, 2016,   by Christine and Sam Simonetta

We took a chance when we bought our Tesla, and it’s paying off because our power comes from the wind. Our residential sized turbine captures wind from Lake Superior in Upper Michigan and fuels our...

Category: Electric Vehicles, Small Wind folder

Peabody shares plunge; coal producer raises bankruptcy risk

March 16, 2016,   by Jessica DiNapoli

Peabody Energy Corp (BTU.N), the largest U.S. coal producer, may have to seek bankruptcy protection, the company said in a regulatory filing on Wednesday, citing poor economies in countries that...

Category: Fossil Fuels

What's bigger in India, China, and Brazil: wind or nuclear?

March 15, 2016,   by Bernard Chabot

Bernard Chabot is back today with a comparison of wind and nuclear in the "BICS" countries (BRICS without Russia). He points out that wind has boomed in China since the country got rid of auctions...

Category: Nuclear Power, News on Large Wind

Onshore wind schemes now being installed are more than 30 per cheaper than Hinkley C!

March 12, 2016,   by Dave Toke

Onshore wind schemes now being installed are being paid over 30 per cent less than what Hinkley C would be paid under the UK Government's current agreement with EDF if it was generating now.

Category: News on Large Wind, Nuclear Power

Hinkley Point branded potentially risky for EDF by French auditor

March 11, 2016,  

EDF’s £18bn project to build nuclear reactors in Britain is potentially risky for the state-owned utility, whose foreign investments in recent years have proved disappointing, France’s top public...

Category: Nuclear Power

Dispelling the nuclear 'baseload' myth: nothing renewables can't do better!

March 10, 2016,   by Mark Diesendorf

But not only can renewables supply baseload power, they can do something far more valuable: supply power flexibly according to demand. Now nuclear power really is redundant.

Category: Grid Integration, Nuclear Power

Electric cars in Canada: 6 good-news events for buyers, drivers

March 9, 2016,   by Matthew Klippenstein

Canadian electric-vehicle policy seems to be enjoying its own annus mirabilis, or "wonderful year," during 2016.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Denver's new building code requires garages to support electric vehicles

March 9, 2016,   by Jon Murray

Although opposed by homebuilders, the electric vehicle readiness requirement says new single-family homes and duplexes built in the city will need to have the right electrical wiring to support...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Should anti-nuclear supporters now call for EDF to build Hinkley C?

March 8, 2016,   by Dave Toke

Strange as it may seem, there is now a plausible argument for anti-nuclear campaigners to call for Hinkley C to be built. Why? Because the financial catastrophe that would, as a result, envelope, and...

Category: Nuclear Power

Did French officials downplay nuclear incident? Is French media now?

March 7, 2016,   by Craig Morris

The French press should start asking tough questions and stop making this a “he said, she said” issue between allegedly anti-nuclear Germans and the French. Don’t do it for the Germans; the French...

Category: Nuclear Power

EDF's Hinkley Point nuclear nightmare adds to company's woes

March 7, 2016,   by EDF tower in Paris The financial pressures on EDF have led to the company annou

However, the resignation of EDF’s finance director, Thomas Piquemal, shows nervousness at the top of the group about the dangers of a project of this magnitude, even though chief executive...

Category: Nuclear Power

Return to Bird Springs

March 6, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

We arrived with 55% charge remaining as opposed to last year’s 51%. We returned home with 34% State of Charge, slightly more than the 32% SOC during last year’s trip.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports

Proterra Demos Bus for Bakersfield’s GET Transit

March 5, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Proterra, the high-tech startup, demonstrated its all-electric bus for Golden Empire Transit (GET) staff today. The company hopes to sell GET, the transit company serving Bakersfield, two electric...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Six New Public Charge Stations at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital

March 5, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

There was no signage and parking was at a premium. If nothing is done, these stations will be next to useless. They will be constantly ICEd and no one will be able to get in and charge.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

The Electric Car Revolution Is Finally Starting

February 26, 2016,   by Daniel Gross

Because of the pace of incremental change, and because product cycles of cars are slower than they are for cellphones, an innovation revolution in electric cars has always felt distant. And yet we’re...

Category: Electric Vehicles

In Four Charts: The Rise of Electric Vehicles

February 25, 2016,   by Tim McDonnell

A new market forecast from Bloomberg New Energy Finance paints a rosy picture for the future of electric vehicles, rising from about 1 percent of global annual vehicle sales today to 35 percent by...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Tepco admits it should have declared meltdowns at Fukushima plant much earlier

February 24, 2016,   by Reiji Yoshida

Nearly five years after the nation’s worst nuclear accident, Tokyo Electric Power Co. has admitted that its staff failed to follow damage assessment guidelines, according to which they should have...

Category: Nuclear Power

Electric Cars Could Tank Oil Prices Even Further

February 24, 2016,   by Denver Nicks

Call it the revenge of the electric car. Electric vehicles that seemed doomed just a few years ago to languish outside the mainstream are poised to reshape the auto industry in the coming decade,...

Category: Electric Vehicles

EPA asks Volkswagen to make electric cars in US – report

February 21, 2016,  

Die Welt am Sonntag is reporting that federal officials ask automaker to make electric vehicles in in Tennessee following emissions scandal.

Category: Electric Vehicles

The Kochs Are Plotting A Multimillion-Dollar Assault On Electric Vehicles

February 18, 2016,   by Peter Stone

A new group that's being cobbled together with fossil fuel backing hopes to spend about $10 million dollars per year to boost petroleum-based transportation fuels and attack government subsidies for...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Notice of Proposed Award: DC Fast Chargers for California’s North - South Corrid ors

February 16, 2016,  

This grant solicitation was an offer to fund projects that will install Direct Current (DC) fast charging stations on Interstate 5 (I-5), State Route 99 (SR 99), and along United States Highway 101...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Horizon boss's statement exposes fantasy nature of UK nuclear power programme

February 15, 2016,   by Dave Toke

The boss of one of the three supposed consortia claimed to be building Britain's nuclear power stations has all but admitted that his project is a fantasy one.

Category: Nuclear Power

Our Nissan Leaf’s Traction Battery Capacity

February 12, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

How much has the car's battery capacity declined since we leased it and will it recover when warm weather returns?[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Ontario boosts incentives for electric vehicles

February 10, 2016,  

Ontario has announced extra incentives for people who buy or lease electric vehicles that could boost available help to as much as $14,000.

Category: Electric Vehicles

8 Ways Life Has Changed Since Driving An All-Electric Car

February 7, 2016,   by Cynthia Shahan

I started a list of how life has changed since driving an all-electric car — the list grows longer by the day.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Vehicle Forums--Fonts of Knowledge

February 4, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

We drive 2015 Nissan Leaf, an Electric Vehicle or EV. Both before and after we leased the car, I carefully researched the kinds of EVs available and what would be best for us. I learned a lot from...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Treasury ruling spells final end for Hinkley C....surely?

February 1, 2016,   by Dave Toke

The announcement by the Treasury that their offer of loan guarantees for the EPR at Hinkley C is linked to successful functioning of the Flamanville EPR means that short of absolute lunacy reigning...

Category: Nuclear Power

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Palm Springs

January 30, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Wherein we again learn the importance of avoiding dependence on a GPS, on the value of paper maps, and on driving conservatively.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports

How rational choice theory explains EDF's mad gamble on Hinkley C

January 29, 2016,   by Dave Toke

he spectacle of the disastrous attempts to build a new generation of nuclear reactor - the European Pressurised Reactors (EPRs) - and EDF's apparent desire to carry on despite the increasing...

Category: Nuclear Power

'Nuclear energy has no sustainable, democratic future in Japan'

January 29, 2016,   by Gabriel Domínguez

Despite the majority of Japanese opposing a restart of the nation's nuclear reactors, the government continues to press for a full resumption of nuclear power. Energy expert Tetsunari Iida tells DW...

Category: Nuclear Power

The right way to charge electric cars

January 27, 2016,   by LA Times Editorial Board

Although the PUC has already said it will reduce the number of charging stations in the original proposals by SCG&E and PG&E, the plans are still troubling in their scale and their financing.

Category: Electric Vehicles

EDF wants French Government to pay for British nuclear reactor at Hinkley C!

January 26, 2016,   by Dave Toke

As if anything extra was needed to demonstrate the financial lunacy of the Hinkley C project to all parties concerned, EDF, according to French press reports, now wants the French Government to pay...

Category: Nuclear Power

Volkswagen Creates Battery Powered Division, 20 New Plug-Ins By 2020

January 26, 2016,   by Kyle Field

The creating of a new unit dedicated to “battery-powered vehicles” is a milestone as well — indicating that the auto giant has confidence that battery-powered vehicles are not just a passing fad, a...

Category: Electric Vehicles

EV Obsession Report: “Electric Cars: What Early Adopters & First Followers Want”

January 24, 2016,   by Zachary Shahan

The electric car market has been growing exponentially in the past few years. But it is still a small percentage of the new car market in most places, typically representing less than 1% of new car...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Britain is to get its first “electric service stations” as part of a £40m government fund to encourage drivers to switch to plug-in cars.

January 23, 2016,   by kos

Mercedes is still the best-selling manufacturer when you combine their two vehicles in this class. But it’s clear that Tesla is eating into the traditional automakers with its single offering, and...

Category: Electric Vehicles

‘Electric service stations’ open in boost for plug-in car use

January 23, 2016,   by Daniel Boffey

Britain is to get its first “electric service stations” as part of a £40m government fund to encourage drivers to switch to plug-in cars.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Winter Snow Adventures in a 2012 Toyota Rav4 EV

January 23, 2016,   by Stephen Noctor

This post addresses the following questions: How does my EV handle winter outings in the mountains? How well does it drive in the snow? This post also relates another example for how rapid DC...

Category: Electric Vehicles

What a smart response! - wind cheaper than fossil fuels

January 19, 2016,   by Dave Toke

So we are backing up the cheap renewables with fossil fuels that are not so cheap, and the solution to that is to use the fossil fuels that are not so cheap all the time? That sum does not quite add...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Large Wind, Nuclear Power

Turning over a new leaf: Electric vehicle carbon emissions

January 19, 2016,   by Nic Lutsey

A few times a year, a news story appears about electric vehicles having high carbon emissions, throwing doubt onto electric vehicles' ability to play a major part in any low-carbon transportation...

Category: Electric Vehicles

EVs Cause Cancer Meme

January 18, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Electric vehicles (EVs) probably don’t cause cancer, but that doesn’t stop some people from saying that they do. I came across a bizarre version of this meme a few months ago at a social gathering...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Couple on a cross-country mission to return Volkswagen

January 17, 2016,   by Ian James,

They also see a larger mission in pressing the German automaker to make a shift toward more electric vehicles.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Germany Mulling €2 Billion Incentives For Electric Cars

January 16, 2016,   by Jake Richardson

Germany is considering providing 2 billion euros to subsidize the purchasing of more electric cars. German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel is behind the idea, which also includes adding more EV...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Quebec has a long road ahead to reach goal of 100,000 electric cars by 2020

January 15, 2016,   by Kevin Mio

By the end of 2016, the goal is to have 800 charging stations, including 60 rapid chargers, all of which will be placed along Quebec’s major highways.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric cars take centre stage at Montreal Auto Show

January 14, 2016,   by CBC

Electric cars are taking centre stage at the Montreal International Auto Show, thanks in part to the Quebec government's efforts to get them in the hands of consumers.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Why Electric Vehicles are a bad idea (Warning: Satire)

January 11, 2016,   by Dave Laur

The drawbacks are many and severe and worse of all; unadvertised!! I will expose the secrets the electric car manufacturers do not want you to know!

Category: Electric Vehicles

Tesla Model S Tops Consumer Reports Survey For Most Satisfying Commuter Car (Again)

January 9, 2016,   by James Ayre

Following closely on the first place position held by the Tesla offering are two of the other top-selling electric vehicles out there — the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and the Nissan LEAF...

Category: Electric Vehicles

More Daishan EPR delays as EDF ponders financial suicide plan for funding Hinkley C

January 6, 2016,   by Dave Toke

Further delays at the Daishan EPR project being built in China are hammering another nail in a coffin. The only debate now is whether the coffin will house the Hinkley C project or the whole of EDF.

Category: Nuclear Power

What’s the Business Model for Owning Car Batteries?

January 5, 2016,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

Note also that neither of these models requires that the car manufacturer is a party to the deal. If Tesla does not want to sell their cars without batteries, that does not keep a Tesla owner from...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles are the long-term solution

January 4, 2016,   by Niels Buus Kristensen, DTU

Niels Buus Kristensen, Head of Department at DTU Transport and a member of the Danish government’s climate advisory committee, finds that electric vehicles hold the key to a transport sector...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric cars not the rage in Tulare County

January 4, 2016,   by RICK ELKINS

Electric vehicles appear to be the cars of the future, but in the present they are not very popular in Tulare County.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Cars Don’t Pay Gas Taxes: So What?

December 30, 2015,   by Mike Barnard

Is it a sin that electric car owners don’t pay gas taxes? No, not at all, but you’d never know it listening to some people squawk. There are anti-electric car types who think this is a huge deal,...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Fresno Bee Editorial: The age of the all-electric Valley is upon us

December 26, 2015,  

If we finally are to cleanse our Valley air and make this a more healthy place, we must get belching old cars off the streets and start adding electric cars and plug-in hybrids to our garages.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Nissan, BMW Team Up To Make Electric Vehicle Charging More Efficient

December 22, 2015,  

BMW and Nissan Motors have recently joined forces to develop faster DC charging for electric cars, supplying new stations to 19 states. The hope is to make it easier to charge vehicles like the...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Is the German nuclear phase-out fundamentally botched?

December 21, 2015,   by Craig Morris

The “Exit now” article assumes that the phase-out caused this financial misery. In fact, the phase-out gave power firms a brief respite. If the nine (of 17) reactors switched off immediately after...

Category: Nuclear Power

Solar, Electric Vehicles Could Make Oil And ICE Cars Obsolete - The Era Of Oil Is Almost Over

December 16, 2015,   by Matt Bohlsen

With improved technology and the prices of solar (and wind) energy falling exponentially, along with lithium battery prices falling about 14%-16%, there will be massive disruptions to the...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Mayors will create a ‘green wall’ along the West Coast: An ‘electric vehicle highway’ will run through it

December 11, 2015,   by Joel Connelly

They pledged, specifically, to create a West Coast electric vehicle highway, keyed to transforming city-owned vehicle fleets to electric vehicles and making electric vehicle chargers available to the...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Over 9 million bags of nuclear cleanup waste piled up across Fukushima Pref.

December 10, 2015,  

The 1-cubic-meter bags are found at some 114,700 interim storage or decontamination sites across the prefecture. In the town of Tomioka -- covered by a nuclear disaster evacuation order -- mounds of...

Category: Nuclear Power

Leaf Spy--an Essential Tool for Serious Nissan Leaf Drivers

December 8, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Who doesn’t want a metaphorical peak under the hood of their Electric Vehicle (EV)? Leaf Spy, a smart phone app, talks to the computer in Nissan’s Leaf and displays the data it finds there—data...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Ontario to invest $20 million in stations to charge up electric cars

December 8, 2015,   by Tyler Hamilton

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said Tuesday that her government is investing $20 million toward hundreds of electric-vehicle charging stations to be installed within and between urban centres.

Category: Electric Vehicles

PlugShare—Where to Charge When You’re on the Road

December 8, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

When you drive an Electric Vehicle (EV), most of the time you charge at home. For those times when you don’t, you need to know where you can charge. The pre-eminent choice among drivers is Plugshare,...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

The Washington Post Gets it Wrong on Electric Cars

December 7, 2015,   by Rachael Nealer

It’s unfortunately not uncommon to see skewed and misleading articles about electric vehicles in the popular press. The most recent example, a Washington Post article “Electric cars and the coal...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Why Do People Argue Against Electric Cars?

December 6, 2015,   by Mike Barnard

Every day brings another headline about a bad study making false claims about electric cars, another well-known-enough person sneering at them, or another video of someone rolling coal all over an...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Diesels are Dead--Long Live Electric Vehicles

December 5, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Presentation to the Sierra Club's Buena Vista Group, Bakersfield, California 5 December 2015.

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe, Electric Vehicles

Nova Scotia Power's coal is "drenched in blood"

December 3, 2015,   by Sarah Wilbur

During his recent tour of the Maritimes, Cuellar described how both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have unwittingly become complicit in environmental devastation, forced displacement, disappearances...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Jesla High-Power Mobile Charge Cable (EVSE) for EVs

December 3, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

If you plan to take your Electric Vehicle (EV) on a road trip in North America today, you must take along a portable charge cable. Like a spare tire, a portable charge cable is an essential piece of...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

A Call to Paris Climate Negotiators: Tax Carbon

November 29, 2015,   by Charles Komanoff

The Carbon Tax Center released a letter signed by 32 notable individuals calling for a carbon tax--from right to left--from Robert Reich to Jerry Taylor (Cato, ALEC) to George Schultz of the Hoover...

Category: Fossil Fuels

The UK's energy plan visualized

November 26, 2015,   by Bernard Chabot

Line up energy sources by unpopularity, and you have the British government's priorities listed; in other words, the government is doing exactly what the British public don't want

Category: Nuclear Power, Fossil Fuels

Britain: Payments to fossil fuel plant now being counted as 'environmental' by Treasury

November 25, 2015,   by Dave Toke

In a move that will astonish many the Treasury have decided to count payments to existing fossil and nuclear power stations for providing capacity as 'environmental' levies'.

Category: Fossil Fuels

Austria phases out coal?

November 25, 2015,   by Craig Morris

Essentially, Austria is simply shutting down plants that are not making money. Two out of three of them happen to be coal-fired.

Category: Fossil Fuels

George Osborne puts UK at the heart of global race for mini-nuclear reactors

November 24, 2015,   by Damian Carrington

The chancellor, George Osborne, revealed on Wednesday that at least £250m will be spent by 2020 on an “ambitious” programme to “position the UK as a global leader in innovative nuclear technologies”.

Category: Nuclear Power

Road to COP21 and Beyond: The Missing Analysis of the Kyoto Protocol and its Failure

November 24, 2015,   by Michael Hoexter

It’s strange yet on the eve of COP21 in Paris, starting on November 30th, where humanity will try to save itself, that reasoned, careful analysis of previous such attempts have been heedlessly left...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Alberta just became Canada’s carbon leader. Yes, really.

November 23, 2015,   by The Globe and Mail Editorial

Canada’s leader on climate change is now Alberta. Just like that, the province has gone from pariah to paragon. On Sunday, Premier Rachel Notley’s New Democratic government unveiled a program to...

Category: Fossil Fuels, Renewable Energy

Alberta's Climate Leadership Plan

November 22, 2015,  

Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan accelerates the transition from coal to renewable electricity sources, puts a price on carbon pollution for everyone, and sets emissions limits for the oil sands.

Category: Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels

What Did Driving Our Electric Vehicle Cost Us in the First Year?

November 21, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

In October of 2014 we leased a 2015 Nissan Leaf, a battery-powered Electric Vehicle or EV. After one year of operation we can tally what it has cost us.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Our EVs Consumption and Fuel Cost: Year-End Report

November 21, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Toward the end of October we passed the one-year mark with our 2015 Nissan Leaf, a battery-powered Electric Vehicle (EV). It was time to tally it’s operating cost.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

UK's Amber Rudd re-set: a do-nothing fantasy policy

November 19, 2015,  

Amber Rudd today compounded the fantasy that surrounds UK energy policy by declaring that the future would depend on new gas fired and nuclear power stations without any realistic policies of...

Category: Nuclear Power, Fossil Fuels

Saskatchewan energy to be 50 per cent renewable by 2030

November 19, 2015,   by Emma Graney

By 2030, half of Saskatchewan’s power will come from renewable sources, with wind, solar and geothermal energy all thrown into the mix.

Category: Fossil Fuels, Renewable Energy

Electric Vehicle Cross-Country Driver Visits Los Alamos Nature Center

November 18, 2015,   by Chris Clark

Kent's cross-country trip is now at 17,310.5 miles, and his next stop will be Albuquerque, then the Grand Canyon. In between cities, he charges at KOA campgrounds, using an adaptor that allows him...

Category: Electric Vehicles

#Dieseldämmerung: Reveal of industry-wide diesel cheating impending, sources claim

November 16, 2015,   by Bertel Schmitt

Dailykanban received information that in one or two weeks, a number of other automakers will be exposed as diesel cheaters. A Volkswagen problem will turn into an industry-wide systemic problem, and...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Syria, climate change and the horror in Paris

November 15, 2015,   by Curt Cobb

A study released earlier this year suggested that the first link in the causal chain that led to the current conflict in Syria was a severe drought lasting from 2006 through 2009, a drought that...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Life Cycle Assessment of Electric Vehicles

November 15, 2015,   by Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority

This life cycle assessment aims to compare four types of similar-sized passenger vehicles in the New Zealand context, namely conventional petrol and diesel engine vehicles, and two types of PEVs...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Why We Drive Electric: Much Fewer Overall Emissions

November 14, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are simply cleaner than driving cars powered by fossil fuels, regardless of whether they use gasoline or diesel fuel.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Why We Drive Electric: No Tail-Pipe Emissions

November 13, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Electric Vehicles (EVs) use electricity stored in traction batteries to drive the wheels. There is no Internal Combustion Engine that burns gasoline or diesel. There is no tail pipe in an EV and,...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Why We Drive Electric: They’re More Efficient

November 13, 2015,  

EVs are more efficient in their use of fuel than cars powered by what insiders know as an Internal Combustion Engine or ICE. Because they are more efficient, EVs use fewer natural resources over...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Slippery slope towards French nuclear phaseout

November 13, 2015,   by Craig Morris

But we still need to keep in mind that the French dump nuclear on neighboring countries on the cheap when demand is low. When demand is high, French reactors cannot even cover domestic demand. In...

Category: Nuclear Power

Keystone XL rejection signals change in the pipeline: analysis

November 12, 2015,   by Tyler Hamilton

A shift in cultural attitudes and technology is giving political leaders more license to act on climate.

Category: Fossil Fuels

How Clean is Your Electric Vehicle?

November 12, 2015,  

Electric cars tend to produce less carbon pollution than gas-powered ones—but just how much less? Enter your ZIP code below to see how different types of vehicles stack up in your area. Entering a...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Gasoline vs Electric—Who Wins on Lifetime Global Warming Emissions?

November 12, 2015,   by Rachael Nealer

We found that battery electric cars generate half the emissions of the average comparable gasoline car, even when pollution from battery manufacturing is accounted for.

Category: Electric Vehicles

The Road To COP21: Where is the “Locus of Control” of Effective Climate Action?

November 10, 2015,   by Michael Hoexter

While we need international institutions like the UN to facilitate a global energy and land-use transition, the UN cannot function, as it has in the past, as a tar-pit or morass to entrap the good...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Bakersfield to Paso Robles Raises Questions on Energy Estimates

November 10, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

In late October we tried a new route from Bakersfield to Grover Beach where we visit a family friend. . . The new route pushed the boundaries of what our 2015 Nissan Leaf is capable of—and our...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports

Japan’s Dangerous Nuclear Waste on the Cutting Board? Towards a Renewables Future

November 9, 2015,   by Andrew DeWit

The Abe government’s repositioning on energy is evident in an accelerating shift away from support for the nuclear village, in spite of a few restarts, and towards an increasingly impressive...

Category: Nuclear Power

Getting It Wrong About Electric Cars and Coal Power

November 6, 2015,   by Bruce Mirken

The miners want you to know that if you own a Tesla, you are driving a vehicle that is likely powered by Wyoming coal.” Small problem: If you live in California, that’s flat wrong.

Category: Electric Vehicles

EV Auto Service--Boy That was Easy

November 5, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We’ve driven the car 7,300 miles without any service whatsoever and when we took it to the dealer there was no charge for it’s annual inspection.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels or You have to be Kidding

November 4, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Yep, only in Bakersfield, the oil capitol of California. Sunday morning I went down the drive to pick up the newspaper after gazing up at Venus, Jupiter, and Mars. What do I see? A special tag stuck...[more]

Category: Fossil Fuels

Britain: Hinkley C - no progress in two years

October 30, 2015,  

My own guess is that the British Government is only keeping the PR for the project positive because it hopes to provide a smooth passage for other financial deals it is doing with China, and to...

Category: Nuclear Power

Edison Never Told Federal Regulators Of San Onofre Equipment Design Flaw

October 30, 2015,   by Amita Sharma

“It’s against the law for a company to misrepresent material information to a safety regulator,” said Aguirre, who is challenging a settlement agreement that forces customers to pay for most of San...

Category: Nuclear Power

Yes, ExxonMobil Committed “Unparalleled Evil” Yet that Evil Can Distract From Taking Action

October 28, 2015,   by Michael Hoexter

The causal framework that blames only fossil fuel companies also excuses us consumers who were and are only too happy to continue the fossil-fueled party, especially with no visible impingements on...

Category: Fossil Fuels

Could Hinkley C spell the end of EDF?

October 27, 2015,   by Dave Toke

Further drastic losses on Hinkley C similar to the mounting losses accrued by AREVA and EDF on the EPRs being built in Finland (Olikuoto) and France (Flamanville) might lead to what hitherto has...

Category: Nuclear Power

Plug'n Drive advocates for electrification of transportation as a key plank of Ontario's climate change action strategy

October 26, 2015,  

With the Government of Ontario looking to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 37% below 1990 levels by 2030, and with transportation being the largest emitting sector in Ontario, it is clear...

Category: Electric Vehicles

British Government finally admits it is subsidising nuclear - while cutting help for renewables

October 22, 2015,   by Damian Carrington

The government confirms that it is not continuing the ‘no public subsidy policy’ [for nuclear power] of the previous administration.

Category: Nuclear Power

Volkswagen Knowingly Adapted “Cheat Switch” For Four Different Engines Over Seven Years, Claim Insiders

October 19, 2015,   by Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield

The German automaker not only installed the illegal emissions control software in its EA189 engines but then modified it for use in a total of four different engine types, indicating that the ...

Category: Electric Vehicles

VW Is A Symptom Of Widespread Automotive Disruption

October 17, 2015,   by Mike Barnard

The VW emissions scandal isn’t an outlier, but a symptom of the reality that internal combustion cars, whether gas or diesel, have reached the limits of effective compromises that will satisfy...

Category: Electric Vehicles

VW looks to cutbacks and electric cars to overcome scandal

October 14, 2015,   by Andreas Cremer and Jan Schwartz

Volkswagen will cut investment plans at its biggest division by 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) a year and step up development of electric vehicles, it said on Tuesday, as it battles to cope with the...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Volkswagen is pegging its fate to a major bet on electric cars

October 14, 2015,  

Volkswagen, confronting a daunting threat to its size and prestige, is making a dramatic pivot to electric vehicles. The move has seemed a likely one since mid-September, when the German company was...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Volkswagen to cut costs by $1.5B, focus on electric cars

October 14, 2015,  

Volkswagen AG says it would cut investment by €1 billion ($1.5 billion Cdn) within the year and step up development of hybrid and electric vehicles.

Category: Electric Vehicles

France Expands Electric-Car Bonus To Scrap 10-Year-Old Diesel Cars

October 12, 2015,   by Stephen Edelstein

French Minister of Ecology and Energy Segolene Royal says there are plans to extend the bonus to 10-year-old diesel cars, according to Life in France.

Category: Electric Vehicles

VW Demanded Subsidies for its "Clean" Diesel

October 12, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

In what amounts to one of the auto industry’s greatest displays of Chutzpah, VW demanded the same subsidies for its diesel engines as was being offered to Electric Vehicles (EVs).[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

In California, Electric Cars Outpace Plugs, and Sparks Fly

October 10, 2015,   by MATT RICHTEL

Electric-vehicle owners are unplugging one another’s cars, trading insults, and creating black markets and side deals to trade spots in corporate parking lots.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Four more carmakers join diesel emissions row

October 9, 2015,   by Damian Carrington

Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Mazda and Mitsubishi have joined the growing list of manufacturers whose diesel cars are known to emit significantly more pollution on the road than in regulatory tests,...

Category: Electric Vehicles

VW: $50 Million In Tax Credits, Wanted Electric-Car Credits For Diesels Too

October 8, 2015,   by John Voelcker

But as it turns out, Volkswagen had pushed aggressively from 2009 to 2011 for its so-called "clean diesel" vehicles to receive the same tax credits as those granted to plug-in electric cars.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Charging Time: Nissan Leaf on Level 2

October 7, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

I've posted two charts of two charging sessions. Both report similar findings. The car charges at its maximum capacity--6 kW to the traction battery--for 2.5 hours before it begins tapering the...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Volkswagen Sought a Green Seal for Its Diesel Cars

October 6, 2015,   by AARON M. KESSLER

But Volkswagen lobbied hard before the announcement, demanding that its diesel engines receive special fuel economy credits for their environmental friendliness, just as zero-emission electric cars...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Diesels are Dead--Long Live Electric Cars

October 2, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Environmentalists should insist that regulators force VW--willingly or unwillingly--to abandon the internal-combustion engine and switch to EVs now for our sake as well as for the future of VW. It’s...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Back From the Dead: The Rise of EVs

October 2, 2015,   by Griffin Carpenter

Could communities soon be generating their own renewable energy, charging their cars and controlling home appliances remotely?

Category: Electric Vehicles

Roma--EV Charging in Rome

September 30, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

EVs are making rapid progress if you don't have to search out charge stations in major cities around the world and instead just come across them in the urban fabric.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

AutoBleue--Electric Vehicle Car Sharing in Nice, France

September 29, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

While Nancy and I were guided around Nice, France by our colleague and good friend Bernard Chabot last week, we stumbled across this Peugeot Electric Vehicle (EV) charging.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Study finds it likely that 70% of nuclear fuel melted at Fukushima No. 2 reactor

September 28, 2015,  

More than 70 percent of the nuclear fuel in one of the reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is highly likely to have melted in the wake of the massive 2011...

Category: Nuclear Power

Electric Cars… of the 1890s and Early 1900s

September 28, 2015,   by Dick Eastman

What goes around comes around. Are you dreaming of purchasing a Tesla or some other all-electric automobile? Your great-great-grandfather might approve of your following in his footsteps.

Category: Electric Vehicles

VW kills the diesel engine, and opens path for electric vehicles

September 28, 2015,   by Giles Parkinson

As one analyst wrote: “For Volkswagen (and the auto industry), the dream of inexpensive clean diesel might be dead. Even if carmakers could deliver on VW’s false technological claims, the standard by...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Why the days of gas-powered cars are numbered

September 25, 2015,   by Peter Cheney

The trashcan of history is filled with machines that once seemed as if they would last forever. Remember the typewriter? The rotary-dial telephone? Cameras that used film?

Category: Electric Vehicles

The Volkswagen scandal: say goodbye to the internal combustion engine!

September 22, 2015,   by Ugo Bardi

But, if it is true that we cannot win against thermodynamics, it is also true that we don't need to fight against it. A battle against the combustion engine was lost in the 1970s, but the war can...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Japan's Koizumi calls for national movement to lead fight against nuclear power

September 13, 2015,   by Shinichi Sekine and Takashi Funakoshi

“Time will certainly come when the nuclear power issue will emerge as a key campaign issue in elections,” Koizumi said. “Candidates will be judged by their positions on nuclear power."

Category: Nuclear Power

EVs Could Cut Global Gasoline Use By 2040

September 6, 2015,   by Mike Barnard

A tipping point has been reached in the last two years for electric cars. Almost half of all fully or partially electric vehicles sold in the past decade were sold in 2014. In addition to the...

Category: Electric Vehicles

The notion that nuclear is cheaper somewhere else is a myth

September 5, 2015,   by Dave Toke

The belief that somehow nuclear power will be cheaper if somehow it is done differently here has been stoked by a recent IEA Report which says that British nuclear power, in the shape of the proposed...

Category: Nuclear Power

Safe, sustainable uranium and thorium in California

September 4, 2015,   by Bernard Chabot

This document describes and analyses the main characteristics of electricity production, imports and demand in California since 2001. Comparisons are made for Nuclear and renewables, with the clear...

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Shining a light on Britain’s nuclear state

September 2, 2015,   by Phil Johnsotne and Andy Stirling

Finally, a sophisticated, sober, and revealing explanation of why successive British governments have been hell bent on building two new--and very expensive--reactors by the French & Chinese. It just...

Category: Nuclear Power

Switzerland temporarily nuclear-free

August 27, 2015,   by Craig Morris

In short, Switzerland thus briefly lost 3,300 megawatts of baseload generation capacity. Power demand in the country ranges from around 5,000 (baseload) to over 10,000 megawatts (peak) in the summer.

Category: Nuclear Power

Planned CHAdeMO DC Fast Chargers in Southern San Joaquin Valley

August 23, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

The California Energy Commission (CEC) issued a document July 27, 2015 that called for proposals to complete California's portion of the West Coast Electric Highway.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Star-Crossed Trip: Bakersfield to LAX & Return

August 22, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Wherein I learn some important lessons: Don’t get overconfident with an EV; Don’t believe LA valets about their knowledge of EVs; The value of quick charging; Plan carefully; and—as always—allow...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports

Stats on a Star-Crossed Trip: Bakersfield to LAX & Return

August 22, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

I've pulled the statistics out of the article Star-Crossed Trip: Bakersfield to LAX & Return and put them here.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports

Japan's Sendai reactor power ramp-up halted due to pump problem

August 21, 2015,  

Japan's Kyushu Electric Power has halted the ramp-up of power output from its Sendai No. 1 nuclear reactor due to a problem with a pump in the plant's secondary cooling system, a spokesman said on...

Category: Nuclear Power

BlueIndy electric car-share service to debut Sept. 2

August 20, 2015,   by Justin L. Mack

BlueIndy officials announced Thursday that the stalled electric car-share service will open to the public early next month.

Category: Electric Vehicles

How France could go nearly 100 percent renewable

August 20, 2015,   by Craig Morris

The authors have a hierarchy of steps to take. First, “sufficiency” and efficiency reduces energy demand. Second, renewable energy cover

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

Environmental groups urge release of report on nuclear disaster scenarios

August 19, 2015,  

Environmental groups are urging the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission to release a study on nuclear disaster scenarios that they say was suppressed. The commission released a study last year looking...

Category: Nuclear Power

Great Britain: So which countries will take care of the likely ruinous debts for Hinkley C?

August 16, 2015,   by Dave Toke

As widespread incredulity spreads about the UK Government's insistence that the plan to build Hinkley C nuclear power station is still on track, we must wonder which country and which companies will...

Category: Nuclear Power

Delco-Remy’s DRIVE I Preceded GM’s EV1 to Same Fate

August 11, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Fourteen years before General Motors (GM) introduced its EV1 and a quarter-century before it recalled and eventually destroyed nearly all of them, a GM division built an electric car only to see it...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Japan PM Abe's support slips, majority oppose nuclear restart

August 10, 2015,  

Fifty-seven percent of respondents to the weekend survey opposed Kyushu Electric Power Co's restart of a reactor at its Sendai plant in southwest Japan, set for Tuesday. Thirty percent supported the...

Category: Nuclear Power

Japan: Utilities pass heat wave test with flying colors without nuclear plants

August 8, 2015,   by DAISUKE HIRABAYASHI

Regional power companies were cranking out the juice during the recent heat wave, proving that Japan can do without nuclear reactors even during the hottest days of summer.

Category: Nuclear Power

French Proposed 100% Renewable Energy Policy for 2050 Released in English

July 31, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

French energy activists, Association négaWatt, have released their plan for France to reach nearly 100% renewable energy by 2050 in English. The move is a dramatic step by the French NGO to draw the...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

Further Setbacks for French and Swiss nuclear

July 30, 2015,   by Craig Morris

The flaws at the EPR reactor still under construction in Flamanville were apparently known way back in 2006. Now, the Swiss are finding similar fissures as those detected in Belgium – because they...

Category: Nuclear Power

Renewables briefly covered 78 percent of German electricity

July 28, 2015,   by Craig Morris

This situation once again disproves the common notion that Germany can “rely” on French nuclear when it needs power. In reality, trading takes place based on price, not dire need to prevent...

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

Great Britain: A Plea for a No-Regrets Energy Policy

July 28, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Catherine Mitchell launches a series of articles on designing a “no-regrets” energy policy that is as much a plea for sanity in Great Britain as it is an explanation why no resource is 100%...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

Bakersfield First Urban Public Charge Station Nearing Completion

July 28, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Bakersfield's first urban public charge stations are nearing completion. The four stations at Bakersfield Community College's Weill Institute are located in downtown. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Britian: What are we to do with this Government’s incredible energy policy?

July 27, 2015,   by Catherine Mitchell

So far, as said elsewhere, we are witnessing a Government which is dismantling sustainable energy policies. The energy world is broadly going in one direction – and as said before that’s not the same...

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

My unlucky electric car journey

July 26, 2015,   by Gavin Shoebridge

In this episode: the electric car gets a 'major service', I drive to Vienna in Austria, I learn that most charging system providers really suck, I almost run out of electricity, and I put on a suit...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Good Neighbors Make Plugshare Work

July 24, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We’ve been contacted by EV drivers a few times about charging at our home here in Bakersfield, but none have showed up. That is, until John Rowell from Exeter called.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

How to Use the PlugShare EV Charging Station Tool

July 23, 2015,   by Brad Berman

PlugShare is a powerful mobile application and online tool that allows electric car owners to locate and optimize the use of EV charging stations.

Category: Electric Vehicles

France’s new energy transition law

July 23, 2015,   by Craig Morris

France is not ramping up renewables fast enough, so it will not reach that target anyway. Furthermore, it will not reach its target for the reduction in nuclear power, which is completely unrealistic...

Category: Nuclear Power

France’s EDF finds wind & solar reducing baseload

July 6, 2015,   by Craig Morris

In a brief study, the French operator of the country’s nuclear plants unsurprisingly finds that backup generation capacity for fluctuating wind and solar will need to be as flexible as possible. The...

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

Coal power down, renewables up in Germany

July 2, 2015,   by Craig Morris

Overall, electricity from lignite dropped by 3.6 percent, mainly because so much wind power was produced during the winter that it actually cut into this baseload electricity. In contrast, power from...

Category: Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels

Is Germany reliant on foreign nuclear power?

June 30, 2015,   by Craig Morris

In a nutshell, France relies on Germany to cover its peak demand, not vice versa. There is, however, a risk of Germany decommissioning so much coal and nuclear capacity over the next seven years as...

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Grover Beach Revisited & Summary

June 28, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

As we’ve become more experienced, we’ve become bolder. On this trip we used our new Jesla EVSE—a portable charge cable—to charge quicker, and we took some shortcuts we avoided on the first trip. We...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Visalia

June 26, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We planned another excursion in our 2015 Nisssan Leaf, an Electric Vehicle (EV). This time we planned to join friends for dinner in Visalia to the north of Bakersfield in the heart to the San Joaquin...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports

Grapevine (I-5) Summary of Actual Consumption in kWh of a Nissan Leaf

June 26, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We've now made four trips from Bakersfield over the Tejon Pass via the Grapevine and back. This is enough trips to account for variations in the weather and some variations in driving style. As noted...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports

Ventura to Grover Beach Summary of Actual Consumption in kWh

June 26, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We've now made several trips from Bakersfield over Tejon Pass and two trips to the coast and back. There's now enough data to summarize how many kWh are needed to drive a Nissan Leaf on these various...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports

Bakersfield & South Valley EV Owners Breakfast

June 20, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We had a good time and it was great to talk shop with such an experienced crew. Gary, Tom, Jason and his wife, Dori drove up in Gary's new Tesla. They joined Mike Bornstein, his son, Stefanie, and...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

EV Trip Report: Kernville Revisited

June 18, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Our friends had organized a morning visit to the Ardis Walker house and museum of western history in Kernville. Walker was a prominent and colorful local figure in Kern County from the 1960s until...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports

Pressure grows for blank cheque for nuclear power in Britain

June 17, 2015,   by Dave Toke

The IPPR favour developing nuclear power as a publicly owned development, on the same basis as projects like HS2. There would be a 'cost plus' contract given to the nuclear power developers, who...

Category: Nuclear Power

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Ridgecrest via Mountain Mesa

June 17, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We wanted to drive our 2015 Nissan Leaf to Ridgecrest and have dinner with our niece before her assignment at the Naval base was completed.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, Electric Vehicles

Nissan Leaf Range Calcs from Tony Williams Tabular Estimator

June 17, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

This tabular estimator is based on Tony Williams Nissan Leaf Range Chart. This simple spreadsheet uses Williams' estimates of how much electricity a Nissan Leaf consumes in level, steady-state...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports

France begins nuclear bailout

June 10, 2015,   by Craig Morris

The French government announced plans to inject cash into Areva, the firm that constructs nuclear plants in the country. It is a desperate attempt to ward off the inevitable: bankruptcy.

Category: Nuclear Power

EV Terminology & Recomendations for EV Charging Infrastructure

June 9, 2015,   by Michael Bornstein

In order to understand Electric Car Charging and the infrastructure needed, we first have to understand the terminology. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

EV Trip Report: Tehachapi Revisited

June 3, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

My meeting to discuss Electric Vehicle (EV) infrastructure in Kern County was canceled, leaving my day free. So I turned to Nancy and suggested we drive our 2015 Nissan Leaf to Tehachapi for lunch....[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, Electric Vehicles

Tehachapi L2 EV Charging Station Operational

June 3, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

The City of Tehachapi has completed installation of its Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station. The two, Level 2 EVSEs are located in the parking lot adjacent to City Hall. The station, part of the...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Nuclear decline in Europe?

June 2, 2015,   by Paul Brown

The European nuclear industry, led by France, seems to be in terminal decline as a result of the cancellation of a new Finnish reactor, technical faults in stations already under construction, and...

Category: Nuclear Power

San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District Charge Up Rebate

June 2, 2015,  

SJVAPCD is now accepting applications for the Charge UP! Electric Vehicle Charger program.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Gary Giddings--Early EV Pioneer--Coming to June 20th Bakersfield Brunch

June 1, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Gary Giddings, creator of an early State of Charge meter for the Nissan Leaf will join the Electric Vehicle Owners of Bakersfield and the Southern San Joaquin Valley at the Golden Corral for brunch...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Zero German coal plants as a reaction to Fukushima

May 27, 2015,   by Craig Morris

Second, there has been no surge in coal power during the nuclear phase-out. In fact, total coal power production (both lignite and hard coal) fell by six percent last year alone.

Category: Debunking Myths about Germany's EEG, Nuclear Power

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Los Angeles & Return

May 27, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

On Friday 22 May we embarked on our Electric Vehicle (EV) adventure to Los Angeles via the “Grapevine” to take in a concert of the LA Philharmonic and visit friends.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, Electric Vehicles

Nuclear power is more expensive than both onshore AND offshore wind power

May 15, 2015,   by Dave Toke

Using the Government's own contract prices for nuclear power and wind power we can demonstrate how nuclear power is more expensive than both onshore wind AND offshore wind.

Category: Nuclear Power

The accelerating decline of French nuclear power

May 14, 2015,   by Michael Mariotte

But more rapidly than could have been imagined even five years ago, pointing a finger at France doesn’t evoke nuclear success. Rather, France, whose nuclear industry is in speedy and accelerating...

Category: Nuclear Power

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Kernville

May 13, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

As part of our continuing exploration of the Nissan Leaf’s range, we took a one-day get-a-way and drove up to scenic Kernville deep in the heart of the southern Sierra Nevada.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports

What is an Electric Car Event at the Beale Library

May 12, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We had about a dozen cars, so there's a dozen drivers there. Leafs, MiEV, two BMWi3s, a Ford, Rav 4, and a Tesla. There was quite a line up of vehicles--the Tesla attracting the most attention...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Britain: The election everyone lost

May 8, 2015,   by Alan Simpson

Former parliamentarian Alan Simpson bemoans the paucity of serious debates of public paucity in the recent British election concluded today. Beginning in Churchillian tones, he laments "What...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

Updated Locations for DCFC in Southern San Joaquin

May 7, 2015,  

The California Energy Commission has updated the locations of DC Fast Chargers in the Southern San Joaquin Valley. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Plug-in Hybrid to the Rescue

May 2, 2015,   by Kevin Mershon

How the traction battery of a plug-in hybrid may have saved a life.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

EV Event at Beale Library Hosted by Electric Vehicle Owners of Bakersfield and the Southern San Joaquin Valley

April 27, 2015,  

Ollie Danner has organized quite an event at the Beale Library. See the event flyer for details on the raffle prizes. All proceeds go to the Beale Library.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Boell: Suppressed French report says 100% renewables is possible

April 23, 2015,   by Craig Morris

What are the findings? The leaked PDF has two blank pages where the executive summary should be. So I wrote my own.

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Test drive of a petrol car (humour)

April 22, 2015,   by Tibor Blomhäll

Having heard so much good about petrol cars, we decided to test drive one. They are said to combine cheap price with long range and fast charging. A winning formula on paper – but how are they in...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Managed disruption – the push and pull of policy in Germany

April 22, 2015,   by Catherine Mitchell

Given GB’s disastrous auction policy in the 1990’s, one can understand the scepticism of this from the German renewable energy industry. Again, this may have unforeseen impacts.

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Mainichi: Japan must set anti-climate change goal without using nuke disaster as excuse

April 21, 2015,  

Japan stands at a point now, where it can no longer hide behind the Fukushima nuclear disaster for its passive stance toward anti-climate change measures.

Category: Nuclear Power

Great Britain: Getting our act together

April 17, 2015,   by Catherine Mitchell

If the Act is not replaced, the UK will be treading energy water until four or so years time when we will be forced to rethink a new Act anyway. Yes, this means putting EMR on hold until new...

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

Mojave Superchargers Go Live: East Side Now Wired for Tesla—Still No Fast Chargers for Consumer EVs on the East Side

April 14, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Meanwhile, there are no DC Fast Chargers in Mojave, or anywhere on the east side of the Sierra for drivers of consumer-oriented EVs, such as the Nissan Leaf. The nearest fast charger to Mojave is in...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Guardian: Japan's post-Fukushima nuclear restart plans dealt a blow by court ruling

April 14, 2015,   by Justin McCurry

A court in Japan has dealt a blow to plans by the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, to relaunch nuclear power generation four years after the Fukushima meltdown by halting the restart of two reactors over...

Category: Nuclear Power

Kyodo: 2014 Japanese nuclear power output at zero

April 13, 2015,  

Nuclear power output stood at zero throughout fiscal 2014 for the first time since the country began commercial operation of its first nuclear plant in fiscal 1966, the Federation of Electric Power...

Category: Nuclear Power

Faults found in EPR rector core threaten projects in France, China and the UK

April 9, 2015,   by Dave Toke

As if things were not bad enough for the prospect of completing constructions of the ailing European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) design, things have now gotten worse with the discovery of a serious...

Category: Nuclear Power

LBNL: Quantifying EV battery end-of-life through analysis of travel needs with vehicle powertrain models

April 8, 2015,   by Samveg Saxena

Our findings show that defining battery retirement at 70–80% remaining capacity is inaccurate. Battery retirement should instead be governed by when batteries no longer satisfy daily travel needs of...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Reuters: Weak spots found in steel of Areva's French EPR reactor

April 7, 2015,   by Geert De Clercq

Areva has found weak spots in the steel of the EPR nuclear reactor it is building for utility EDF in Flamanville, France, French nuclear regulator ASN said on Tuesday.

Category: Nuclear Power

EDF abandons Hinkley C project after Chinese demands cannot be met

April 3, 2015,   by Dave Toke

The Chinese nuclear interests, who are needed to provide a large part of the equity investment in the project, are demanding that the French Government agrees to carry the can and pay for cost...

Category: Nuclear Power

Opinion: Why Electric Car Charging Networks Need Impartial, Third-Party Regulation Or Face Collapse

April 1, 2015,   by Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield

But while more electric car charging stations is a great thing for encouraging more people behind the wheel of a plug-in car, there’s a global endemic threatening the operation of charging stations...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Renewables International: Nuclear and renewables: past, present, and future

April 1, 2015,   by Bernard Chabot

The nuclear renaissance has failed to materialize, but it looks like the renewable era is getting started.

Category: Nuclear Power

Solar-Powered Commute | 2015 Ford Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid

March 27, 2015,   by Craig Topfer

When Craig installed solar panels on his home, he had no idea how it could benefit his commute. See how he powers his Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Oh Where Oh Where Has Washington Gone?

March 22, 2015,   by Dave Laur

The first stations started going in early in 2012 and there was a lot of excitement that many more would be coming soon. But the hype has not lived up to even the most modest of expectations. Fast...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Bloomberg: Japan to Scrap Three Aging Reactors on Safety Upgrade Costs

March 16, 2015,   by Masumi Suga

Three of Japan’s oldest nuclear reactors will be decommissioned, the start of what is expected to be a series of shutdowns because of costs to meet tougher safety standards introduced after the...

Category: Nuclear Power

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Grover Beach and SLO--550 Miles in a Nissan Leaf

March 16, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

On 5 March Nancy and I undertook our first true road trip in our 2015 Nissan Leaf. Our destination was Grover Beach and ultimately San Luis Obispo.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports

Electric Auto Association's Comments on DC Fast Charger Installations for West Coast Electric Highway

March 16, 2015,  

The Electric Auto Association (EAA) submitted comments 16 March 2015 to the California Energy Commission on DC Fast Charger installations for the build out of the West Coast Electric Highway. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Two DC Fast Chargers Coming This Summer to I-5 Grapevine Corridor

March 13, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

EV owners who’ve tackled the Grapevine on I-5 with today’s consumer-oriented EVs know how difficult the route is, necessitating long layovers in Lebec and again in Valencia. That is about to change. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

500 Miles in an EV—Some Observations

March 13, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We recently completed a 550-mile trip to Grover Beach and San Luis Obispo from Bakersfield in our Nissan Leaf, an electric vehicle (EV). It’s not as far as many have driven, but it’s far more than...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports

Renewables International: The race between wind and nuclear

March 12, 2015,   by Bernard Chabot

Normally, Chabot's presentations are quite long and exhaustive. Today, this one is short and sweet – four charts, one for each country, and a single comparison of kilowatt-hours of electricity from...

Category: Nuclear Power, News on Wind Energy

CEC DCFC Corridor Gaps Southern San Joaquin & Mojave Desert; Grapevine, Valencia, Tehachapi

March 11, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

There’s an urgent need by owners of consumer-oriented EVs for a DCFC station either at the base of the Grapevine or at Lebec. Similarly, there’s an urgent need for a companion station in Valencia. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Tom P. Green's Comments to the CEC on DC Fast Chargers for EVs

March 3, 2015,   by Tom P. Greene

The following are Tom P. Green’s comments to the California Energy Commission Advisory Committee 12 February 2015 on the need for the rapid deployment of DC Fast Chargers (DCFC) in California.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

French nuclear power history – the unknown story

March 3, 2015,   by Craig Morris

French Environmental Minister Ségolène Royal . . . defended (article in French) the policy of “getting out of all-nuclear” (sortir du tout nucléaire). Here, something easily gets lost in translation:...

Category: Nuclear Power

Our Nissan Leaf's Electricity Consumption Early 2015

March 2, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

When we got our recent bill from Pacific Gas & Electric Co., I thought I’d take a look at hour our Electric Vehicle (EV) was affecting our consumption.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Lebec and the Grapevine

March 2, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

For those of us who live in the San Joaquin Valley, getting to and from Los Angeles in an Electric Vehicle (EV) is a challenge. Southbound, the last charging stations are in Bakersfield. Then it’s a...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports

DC Fast Charging for EVs along California Transportation Corridors

March 1, 2015,   by T.P. Greene

The CEC document CEC-600-2014-002 reveals some locations of the planned DCFCs along I-5 and Highway 99. The US Green Vehicle Council and Cleantech Institute have proposed the build-out of a complete...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Petition the California Energy Commission to install a network of DC fast chargers to enable long-distance EV travel in California this year

February 26, 2015,   by T.P. Greene

Deploying a network of DC fast charging (DCFC) stations along long-distance transportation corridors will enable long-distance EV travel in California. . . This network is also needed to make EVs...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Level 2 Charge Station Coming to Tehachapi this Summer

February 23, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

The City of Tehachapi plans to install a Level 2 commercial charge station near City Hall sometime this summer, says Chris Kirk, assistant city manager. When installed, the station will double the...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Glenville

February 23, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

It was a beautiful day and there was a report of abundant wildflowers on the road to Woody. Glenville is beyond Woody and we thought we’d test our Leaf’s range once again in the foothills east of...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Tehachapi

February 18, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

On Sunday Nancy & I drove our car to Tehachapi from Bakersfield, California. That in itself isn’t significant. Thousands of cars and trucks climb the 4,000 feet from the San Joaquin Valley to the...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports

British minister claims there is 'no delay' in Hinkley C construction

February 17, 2015,   by Dave Toke

This view once again highlights the gap between government policy and reality. EDF are certainly not going to go ahead without at least a guarantee of compensation from the UK Government in the event...

Category: Nuclear Power

Charging an EV at Tehachapi’s Mountain Valley RV Park

February 17, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Recreational Vehicle (RV) parks with NEMA 14-50 receptacles are popular with drivers of Electric Vehicles (EVs) where no EV-specific chargers exist—as is the case between Bakersfield and Mojave,...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Chronicle: PG&E e-mails may prove pivotal in probe of regulator

February 16, 2015,   by Jaxon Van Derbeken

In their search warrant affidavit, state investigators said that among the items they were looking for was evidence related to the Kern County alternative energy plant known as Hydrogen Energy...

Category: Nuclear Power

UT San Diego: Flawed San Onofre nuclear project steamed on

February 14, 2015,   by Jeff McDonald

Peevey’s 2005 decision to let Edison upgrade San Onofre absent a cost-justification may be more questionable in light of the release of emails he traded with utility officials.

Category: Nuclear Power

Last ditch bullying by Coalition Government to keep Hinkley on track

February 13, 2015,   by Catherine Mitchell

The UK is now ‘issuing threats’ to Austria that a series of retaliatory measures will be undertaken if Austria goes ahead with its legal challenge to the EU State Aid decision approving GB Government...

Category: Nuclear Power

First Quick Charge--Wow That Was Fast

February 13, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We’d have to agree with JP White in Nashville after his first quick charge: Awesome.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Vehicle Charging Etiquette Hang Tags

February 12, 2015,   by Ollie Danner

The first ever Electric Vehicle Charging Etiquette Hang Tags. Great for busy charging locations. Reusable. Clear coating allows for multiple uses with dry erase marker.

Category: Electric Vehicles

REnewEconomy: Why nuclear industry needs to be paid $500/MWh

February 9, 2015,   by Giles Parkinson

Weatherill is right about one thing: Nuclear energy, he says, is “not something that would be economically viable in South Australia, or indeed the nation.”

Category: Nuclear Power

Buying an Electric Vehicle Mail Order: Or Why we bought our Leaf from Petaluma and Not Bakersfield

January 23, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Ok, it wasn’t quite mail order. Most of the transaction was done over the phone and via email, but we bought a car, an Electric Vehicle (EV), in a very untraditional manner.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Guardian: Fossil fuel firms accused of renewable lobby takeover to push gas

January 22, 2015,   by Arthur Neslen

Big energy firms such as Total, Iberdrola, E.On and Enel have together adopted a dominant position in trade bodies such as the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and European Photovoltaic...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Large Wind, Fossil Fuels

Trip to Bird Springs Road in a Nissan Leaf

January 6, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We’ve been driving our 2015 Nissan Leaf for two months now and it was time to take it on a road trip—a short one, mind you, but one long enough to test our range anxiety. We set out Monday morning to...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports

Exelon needs to nearly double power prices to keep Ginna nuclear plant open

January 6, 2015,   by Herman K. Trabish

The utility says 2016 forecasts show it will require $71 per MWh to earn an 11% return from the 581 MW plant in upstate New York, and $56 to $64 per MWh to break even.

Category: Nuclear Power

Mainichi: Japan eyes returning to nuclear power, enthusiasm about renewable energy stymied

January 5, 2015,  

While the government says it will approve restarting idled nuclear reactors after the NRA's clearance, NRA Chairman Shunichi Tanaka says he is not saying it is safe and would not commit to endorsing...

Category: Nuclear Power

Nuclear motive suspected in feed-in tariff reforms

January 2, 2015,   by Eric Johnston

But critics say the move by an agency under the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry does little to solve the basic electricity transmission issues, and hint that the real purpose of the changes...

Category: Nuclear Power

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations or EVSEs

December 30, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are different from the cars we’re accustomed to. They use electricity stored in the traction batteries to power the vehicle. They don’t use gasoline or diesel fuel. As a...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

The BMW i3 (a personal impression)

December 30, 2014,   by Bob Jans

Bob’s a techy and a serious car guy. He knows cars and likes to drive them fast--very fast.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Guardian: Vermont shuts down nuclear power plant to make way for renewable energy

December 29, 2014,  

“Today, thanks to investments in renewable energy such as solar, Vermont’s energy future is on a different, more sustainable path that is creating jobs, reducing energy costs for Vermonters and...

Category: Nuclear Power

Plug Share

December 20, 2014,   by John Loveless

The members of the PlugShare community are an amazing group of people. Since the future charging infrastructure is not coming soon enough, (especially in oil-junkie, fossil-fuel hooked Utah),...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Ecologist: All over the world, renewables are beating nuclear

December 18, 2014,   by David Elliott

What next? The financial woes of French developers Areva and EDF may mean that their £24 billion 3.4 GW Hinkley nuclear project, despite being heavily subsidised by British taxpayers and consumers,...

Category: Nuclear Power

Why We Went Electric

December 17, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

We’d been planning to buy a plug-in hybrid for some time. Just seemed to make so much sense on so many levels. They emit less air pollutants by being so much more efficient than conventional...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Why We Chose a Nissan Leaf for Our EV

December 17, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

It was fairly simple really. Tesla was out. Too much money. At more than 100,000 the Tesla is well out of reach for most middle-class families--certainly for us. That narrowed the choices down...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Photos of Our 2015 Nissan Leaf

December 17, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Our 2015 Nissan Leaf S (the base model) with the Quick Charge option was delivered to Bakersfield by tractor trailer on October 20, 2014. The Leaf is an all electric, four-door hatchback. It's an...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Photos of Our EVSE (Charge Station)

December 17, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

We installed two types of "charge station" or more correctly two types of EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment) at our home. The first is ClipperCreek's 40-amp EVSE with J1772 EV charge connector...

Category: Electric Vehicles

FOE: Emails suggest NRC and PG&E colluded to downplay Diablo Canyon earthquake danger

December 16, 2014,   by Kate Colwell

Internal emails show that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. may have worked together to counteract widespread news coverage. Numerous outlets reported that the...

Category: Nuclear Power

Without consent, our sustainable energy future looks dark

December 9, 2014,   by Kris Stevens

It was recently revealed that the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) and Bruce Power have been in secret negotiations since December 2013 regarding a long-term supply contract to finance the re-building...

Category: Nuclear Power

Japan falls to 53rd place in climate change index, Denmark on top

December 9, 2014,  

Denmark's steady fall in emissions and adoption of policies to expand renewable energy gave it a score of 77.76, putting it in the highest spot in fourth place for the third year running, followed by...

Category: Nuclear Power

Nuclear plant upgrades costing more than twice estimates

December 4, 2014,  

Japan's electric utilities are spending significantly more than what they calculated about two years ago on enhancing the safety of their nuclear power stations under tighter security regulations.

Category: Nuclear Power

Government implies it may not sign Hinkley C deal before General Election

November 28, 2014,   by Dave Toke

The Government has refused to confirm that it it will sign a contract with EDF allowing Hinkley C to be built before April 2015, which is only a few weeks before the General Election.

Category: Nuclear Power

Toronto Star: Ontario Energy Board won't probe Bruce nuclear overhaul

November 27, 2014,   by John Spears

Category: Nuclear Power

Ollie’s Electric Car Pledge and Our Move to an EV

November 25, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

It worked. Ollie Danner’s Electric Car Pledge and his organizational skills are the reason we’re now driving an EV or Electric Vehicle. It wasn’t a direct route of course. And just signing his...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Renewables International: Energy politics 'after the Milk Round' or Nuclear in Great Britain

November 25, 2014,   by Alan Simpson

With £37bn of financial promises and loan guarantees still pledged to Hinkley Point C, the Coalition is still betting heavily on Milk Rounds. And with unlimited endorsements of 'Fracking' and further...

Category: Nuclear Power

The real secret letter from the Treasury about disastrous Hinkley C is revealed

November 20, 2014,   by Dave Toke

Hot on the heels of news of further escalations of delays (and thus) costs for EPRs being built in Finland and France there is news that the Treasury is conducting a 'secret' review of the EPR...

Category: Nuclear Power

Guardian: Hinkley Point C nuclear plant’s future in doubt as crisis hits shareholder

November 19, 2014,  

The future of the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant in Somerset is under a cloud amid a financial crisis at Areva, a shareholder in the project and the designer of the proposed reactors. Shares in the...

Category: Nuclear Power

US Air Force Unveils World’s Largest Electric Vehicle-to-Grid Fleet

November 14, 2014,   by Elisa Wood

The Los Angeles Air Force Base in California (LAAFB) has acquired 42 plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs), the most the military has ever assembled in one place. The cars, trucks, vans and a bus will be...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Asahi Simbun: Survey: Nearly half of local government leaders want a say in restarting nuclear reactors

November 4, 2014,  

Nearly half of all heads of prefectures and municipalities near nuclear power plants say plant operators should be required to obtain their consent before restarting reactors, according to an Asahi...

Category: Nuclear Power

Pro-nuclear analyst calls for Hinkley C to be abandoned

October 31, 2014,   by Dave Toke

Chris Goodall, one of those pro-nuclear greens who saw the radioactive light a few years ago but who didn't notice the sheer uneconomic nature of nuclear power has now realised that the Hinkley C...

Category: Nuclear Power

Hinkley C deal likely to wipe out UK renewables spending

October 13, 2014,   by Dave Toke

A comparison of the payments schedule for Hinkley C and government projections of renewable energy spending plans suggests that from 2023 spending on first Hinkley C, and later other nuclear power...

Category: Nuclear Power

Boell: The price of new nuclear revisited

October 9, 2014,   by Craig Morris

Naturally, the technologies themselves will also have to become cheaper, but all signs indicate that the future looks bright for wind and solar power. The International Renewable Energy Agency...

Category: Nuclear Power

How more nuclear will waste wind power

October 7, 2014,   by Dave Toke

The big waste comes with the nuclear investment. The problem with the ability of the electricity system to absorb more variable wind power supplies lies with the inability, and unwillingness, of...

Category: Nuclear Power, News on Wind Energy

European Commission issues smokescreen 'protection' to hide consumer exposure over Hinkley C

October 4, 2014,   by Dave Toke

Observers might be forgiven for imagining that the 35 year contract for Hinkley C, underpinned by £10 billion of state loan guarantees paying higher premium prices (£92.50) than privately built...

Category: Nuclear Power

The Economic Impact of Electric Vehicle Adoption in Ontario

September 23, 2014,   by Brent Kopperson

Not only do Electric Vehicles provide many environmental, health, energy, and cost saving advantages... EVs also have the potential to provide many economic, technological, and labour market gains in...

Category: Electric Vehicles

NYT: Coal Fades, So Electrics Get Cleaner

September 19, 2014,   by PAUL STENQUIST

The group says that the average battery-powered E.V. sold over the past year used 0.33 kilowatt-hours per mile, a 5 percent improvement over the 2011 data that was basis for the original report. Some...

Category: Electric Vehicles

How do EVs Compare with Gas-Powered Vehicles? Better Every Year….

September 16, 2014,   by Don Anair

No matter where you live in the U.S., an EV has lower global warming emissions than the average new compact car, which gets approximately 28 miles per gallon. Emission from EVs are poised for even...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Is there a disinformation campaign to paint nuclear as 'green'?

September 10, 2014,   by Dave Toke

Green groups in the UK are now being subjected to a withering assault on their anti-nuclear position, which is amounting at worst to a campaign of disinformation or at best wishful thinking by the...

Category: Nuclear Power

Canadian Take on Owning a Nissan Leaf

September 2, 2014,   by Steve Lapp

I watched the used car ads for about a year and followed the Canadian Leaf Facebook group and eventually this past spring found a slightly used Leaf for just over $20k. The car was in almost new...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Car Notes: Update on Leaf Ownership after a 6-Week Absence

August 28, 2014,   by Ben Zuckerman

My wife and I recently rented a standard (manual) shift car to drive around Ireland for a week. For decades I drove and was a fan of standard shift cars. I was saddened to leave these when nearly 11...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Energy Insight: Electric Car Pledge - Making A Difference

August 28, 2014,   by Ollie Danne

All we can do is work to improve the quality of living for people, not only here but everywhere, and be willing to help future generations. We're not going to change the world, but if everybody just...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Asahi Shimbun: Court orders TEPCO to compensate family of Fukushima woman who committed suicide

August 26, 2014,  

The Fukushima District Court ordered Tokyo Electric Power Co. to pay 49 million yen ($471,600) in compensation to the family of a woman who committed suicide by setting herself ablaze after being...

Category: Nuclear Power

Oasis in a Charging Desert—Independence, California

August 7, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

The Owens Valley is a desert. A beautiful desert at the base of the rugged Sierra Nevada, but a desert nonetheless. There are few towns, few people, and even fewer services. So it was more than a...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

AP: Panel wants TEPCO execs charged over Fukushima nuclear crisis

July 31, 2014,   by MARI YAMAGUCHI

A document released by the panel on Thursday showed it voted in favor of indicting Tsunehisa Katsumata, chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Co. at the time of the crisis, along with vice presidents...

Category: Nuclear Power

Nuclear and carbon capture aren’t scalable compared to wind energy

July 26, 2014,   by Mike Barnard

There’s an enduring myth related to wind energy and nuclear energy that needs to be put to bed. That myth is that only nuclear can be scaled to sufficient capacity to reduce the impacts of global...

Category: Nuclear Power

Nuclear power: will it continue to fail as 'baseload' plant?

July 21, 2014,   by Dave Toke

In Britain nuclear's recent record for availability is not outstanding - 65 per cent according to the Digest of UK Energy Statistics for the year 2008-2012. Remember this is for a technology that is...

Category: Nuclear Power

Electric Car Show in Bakersfield CA

July 20, 2014,   by Ollie Danner

The EV Show and Meet-Up was organized so Bakersfield residents were able to see and touch electric cars which are available right now. Electric cars sold per capita in the US are lowest within the...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Mainichi: Ex-lawmaker supporting nuclear phaseout wins Shiga gubernatorial race

July 14, 2014,  

Former lawmaker Taizo Mikazuki who supports phasing out nuclear power won a three-way race to succeed Shiga Gov. Yukiko Kada on Sunday, beating a candidate backed by the ruling parties by a narrow...

Category: Nuclear Power

Asahi Simbun: Ruling banning nuclear reactor restarts translated into English, Korean, Chinese

July 13, 2014,   by HIDEKI MUROYA

An anti-nuclear citizens’ network has translated a Japanese court’s ruling blocking the restarts of two reactors into English, Korean and Chinese to spread the “universal values” of the judgment.

Category: Nuclear Power

RMI: How Opposite Energy Policies Turned The Fukushima Disaster Into A Loss For Japan And A Win For Germany

July 8, 2014,   by Amory Lovins

Japan is indeed poor in fossil fuels—but among all major industrial countries, it’s the richest in renewable energy like sun, wind, and geothermal. For example, Japan has nine times Germany’s...

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

Former Prime Minister Koizumi: Government's nuclear-energy logic a complete failure

July 8, 2014,   by Asahi Shimbun

Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi again blasted the Abe administration’s pro-nuclear energy strategy, saying the plan to restart reactors across the nation is “too optimistic” and goes against...

Category: Nuclear Power

Toronto Star: Darlington nuclear[refurbishment] costs rise

July 4, 2014,   by John Spears

A heavily edited assessment of the project to overhaul the Darlington nuclear station has identified up to $300 million in cost increases, two years before physical work is scheduled to start.

Category: Nuclear Power

Resource Crisis: Lessons from a failed energy revolution: the real reasons of the nuclear failure

June 30, 2014,   by Hugo Bardi

I argue that nuclear energy ceased to be a viable option in the world's energy mix as the result of the disappearance of the subsidies it received in the form of plutonium purchases by the military....

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Renewables International: 77 percent of Swiss want nuclear phaseout

June 21, 2014,   by Craig Morris

There is broad consensus for the Swiss nuclear phaseout, even across party lines. In the latest representative survey of 1,264 households in Switzerland, a large majority of the Swiss expressed their...

Category: Nuclear Power

Boell: The German Coal Conundrum

June 6, 2014,   by Craig Morris and Arne Jungjohann

An in-depth look reveals that coal is not making a comeback in Germany. The current addition of new coal projects in Germany is a one-off phenomenon. Recent projects started in 2005-2007 as part of...

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

Nuclear Decline and Renewable Growth in Germany

June 2, 2014,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

But first we need to get data for the nuclear decline, so as to find a suitable time frame for measuring the renewable growth.

Category: Nuclear Power

CNBC: Renewables: The end for nuclear power?

May 30, 2014,   by Anmar Frangoul

It took the Fukushima disaster to put the future of nuclear power in doubt – but could renewable energy mean the end for nuclear power?

Category: Nuclear Power

Japan Times: Oi ruling may fuel anti-nuclear push

May 22, 2014,   by Eric Johnston

Wednesday’s court ruling blocking restarts of the No. 3 and 4 reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Oi plant may embolden opponents of nuclear power nationwide.

Category: Nuclear Power

Mainichi: Japan court orders power supplier not to run Oi nuke plant

May 21, 2014,  

he Fukui District Court ruled Wednesday that it will not allow the restart of two reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co.'s Oi nuclear plant, now under safety examination by Japan's top nuclear...

Category: Nuclear Power

Danish Energy Agency: An energy system without fossil fuels is technically possible

May 20, 2014,   by Ture Falbe-Hansen

The Danish Energy Agency has published an energy-scenario report and five sub-analyses on the energy system of the future and the challenges that need managing up to 2050 as fossil fuels are phased...

Category: Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels

Toronto Star: Life and death in Chernobyl’s ghost forest

May 19, 2014,   by Mitch Potter

A Canadian has discovered that radioactive trees aren’t decomposing, suggesting that fallout may be even more dangerous than we realize.

Category: Nuclear Power

Canadian Federal Court nixes approval of new nuclear reactors

May 15, 2014,   by Allie Kosela

Environmentalists are applauding a landmark Federal Court ruling that puts the brakes on building expensive and risky new nuclear reactors in Ontario.

Category: Nuclear Power

Truthout: Could a US-Japan ''Green Alliance'' Transform the Climate-Energy Equation?

May 9, 2014,   by Andrew DeWit

Compared to the IPCC, the US military is both more forthright in its assessments of climate change risk and realistic in its appraisal of the cost-cutting merits of renewable energy and efficiency....

Category: Nuclear Power

Asahi Shimbun: Anti-nuke crusade symbolizes paradigm shift in cooperation

May 9, 2014,  

Former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa, co-founder of the Japan Assembly for Nuclear Free Renewable Energy, which was officially inaugurated on May 7, said he fully agrees with Saigo, and stressed...

Category: Nuclear Power

Mainichi: Ex-PMs Koizumi, Hosokawa launch body to seek end of nuclear power

May 8, 2014,  

Former prime ministers Junichiro Koizumi and Morihiro Hosokawa on Wednesday established a new entity to promote renewable energy as part of a joint antinuclear campaign that previously led Hosokawa...

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Perspective on Gas & Nuclear Plant Scandal in Ontario

May 1, 2014,   by Glen Estill

And OPG has paid $793 million to prepare to do the Darlington refurbishment, which we haven’t even contracted to do yet. This included the construction of a mock reactor, so workers could practice...

Category: Nuclear Power

Renewables International: Worried about carbon emissions? Forget nuclear

April 26, 2014,   by Craig Morris

If nuclear power is to provide a carbon-free future for all of our energy, how many plants would need to be built? One per day for the next 22 years. In reality, the world faces a reduction in...

Category: Nuclear Power

Justice in America: If You're Going to Steal--Steal Big

April 14, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Charles Keating died recently. His death marked a milestone in American political history. His crimes and those of my nephew illustrates one of the truisms in America often attributed to Al Capone....[more]

Category: Other Articles

SPP: UK successfully lobbies for fossil fuel protection in state aid guidelines

April 10, 2014,   by John Parnell

The UK has successfully lobbied to have a clause removed from the new EU state aid guidelines that would have hampered support for fossil fuels.

Category: Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels

On the Writing Life

April 9, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

I began writing as a way to explore the world, learn something new, and make a difference. It has been that--and more. I've been more or less freelancing since the mid 1970s when I published an...[more]

Category: Other Articles

Japan’s Energy Policy Impasse

April 7, 2014,   by Andrew Dewitt

Japan’s energy policy regime appears dangerously adrift in the context of accelerating climate change. The core problem is agency. On the one hand, Japanese PM Abe Shinzo and the nuclear village...

Category: Nuclear Power

Wind Blog: Update on Gas in Storage

March 27, 2014,   by Glen Estill

Natural gas in storage in the US continued its decline in the most recent update from the US Energy Information Agency. (Why doesn’t Canada publish this type of data?) The ongoing cold winter reduced...

Category: Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels

Renewables International: Comparison of nuclear with renewable power worldwide

March 26, 2014,   by Bernard Chabot

But as his Figure 1 and, in particular, Figure 3 show, the boom in nuclear mainly took place in the 1970s. Growth continued in the 80s, but began stagnating at the end of the 90s, and has taken a...

Category: Nuclear Power

Wind Power and Water

March 24, 2014,   by Glen Estill

Areas with periodic droughts, like California, Australia, and even the US and Canadian west (remember the dust bowl) need to preserve their rivers and aquifers, or face severe economic consequences....

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

How Hinkley C deal will cut consumption of solar pv not fossil fuels

March 23, 2014,   by Dave Toke

The Hinkley C nuclear power plant deal that gives the nuclear developers a £92.50 per MWh premium price for 35 years will give nuclear power a clear competitive advantage over solar pv in what will...

Category: Nuclear Power

Asahi Shimbun: 59% oppose restart of nuclear reactors

March 18, 2014,  

A majority of respondents continue to oppose bringing idle nuclear reactors back online, despite moves by the Abe administration to allow restarts as soon as this summer, according to an Asahi...

Category: Nuclear Power

Bloomberg: Japan should make disaster the mother of invention

March 14, 2014,   by James Gibney

Andrew DeWit of Rikkyo University talked about Koizumi’s vision and laid out how Japan’s energy path could change. Its power market is being deregulated, the number of independent power producers is...

Category: Nuclear Power

UPI: General Electric sued over 2011 Japanese nuclear disaster

March 12, 2014,  

Two class-action lawsuits have been filed in New York City against General Electric Co. over the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, court documents show.

Category: Nuclear Power

GET: German imports of nuclear power – the myth revisited

March 11, 2014,   by Craig Morris

So no, Germany has not imported more nuclear power from abroad during its nuclear phaseout. We do, however, continue to run the risks. From my home in Freiburg, Germany, it is 25 kilometers as the...

Category: Nuclear Power

Electric Car Pledge

March 6, 2014,   by Ollie Danner

Take the Electric Car Pledge with these electric cars being made today. Electric cars include PHEV - Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicles and EV - Electric Vehicles.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Bakersfield Californian: An electrifying idea: Take the Pledge

March 6, 2014,   by Steve Levin

The Bakersfield founder of wants you to take the pledge if you support electric vehicles, plan to buy one in your lifetime or own one now.

Category: Electric Vehicles

UK taxpayer now even more likely to bail out Hinkley C

March 3, 2014,   by Dave Toke

As construction delays for the French and Finnish EPR nuclear power schemes lengthen, the odds that the British taxpayer will end up bailing out the EPR planned for Hinkley C in Somerset are rising...

Category: Nuclear Power

Reuters: Finnish nuclear plant delayed again as Areva, TVO bicker

February 28, 2014,   by Jussi Rosendahl

Areva also took a new 425 million euro ($587 million) provision on Olkiluoto, taking total provisions on the project to 3.85 billion euros and knocking Areva into a 494 million euro loss for 2013.

Category: Nuclear Power

California Public Utilities Commission demands answers to future costs before funding additional life for Diablo Canyon

February 25, 2014,   by David Weisman

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), perhaps incorporating lessons-learned from the oversight misfortunes of San Bruno and the shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant, has called for...

Category: Nuclear Power

Baseload Nuclear Plants?

February 11, 2014,   by Glen Estill

But today, 5 out of 16 of the nuclear plants are off line (source: Sygration ). That is 27% of our nuclear capacity, or 3400 MW. The nuclear units that are off line are 50% more than the total...

Category: Nuclear Power, Grid Integration

Natural Gas Less than Reliable in a Country “Awash” in Gas

February 7, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

California’s over reliance on fossil fuels for generating electricity, notably natural gas, led the state’s electricity system operator to call an emergency on Thursday, 6 February. The move called...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels

Nikkei: Japan to drop troubled fast breeder reactor from energy plan

February 7, 2014,  

Japan will scrap its grand nuclear energy plans centering on the accident-prone Monju fast breeder reactor, a decision that will likely force a reassessment of a fuel cycle program that was supposed...

Category: Nuclear Power

The true cost of disaster insurance makes nuclear power uncompetitive

February 6, 2014,   by Ingmar Schumacher

These potential costs should nevertheless be minimized, which is done when moral hazard or free-riding is the lowest, which seems to minimally require unlimited liability on the operator side.

Category: Nuclear Power

Health Care US Style

January 13, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Note: January 14, 2014; Miracle of Miracles. We’re in. Our payment has cleared. They’ve taken our money. We received our "cards" 20 January and the first invoice. I went on line to pay for the next...[more]

Category: Other Articles

Asahi Shimbun: 'We've been lied to,' said ex-Prime Minister Koizumi [on nuclear power]

January 12, 2014,   by Maki Okubo

Anyway, here was a man who held Japan's highest political office for five and a half years, lamenting now--and openly admitting--that he'd been lied to [about nuclear power].

Category: Nuclear Power

Toronto Star: Nuclear overhaul bills coming due

January 10, 2014,   by John Spears

Ontario’s bill for refurbishing 10 nuclear reactors is coming due, and it’s massive.

Category: Nuclear Power

Global Post: Japanese Lawmakers Seek to Phase Out Nuclear

December 29, 2013,  

A group of lawmakers from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party seeking to phase out nuclear power generation has compiled a proposal that the government drastically revise the nation's basic energy...

Category: Nuclear Power

JREF: Recommendation for the “Basic Energy Plan”--Towards New Growth without Nuclear Power

December 25, 2013,  

Japan’s energy policy is at a watershed; the country must now decide which form of energy to adopt as its foundation of the society. Japan Renewable Energy Foundation is urging the government to take...

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Guardian: Former BP geologist: peak oil is here and it will 'break economies'

December 23, 2013,   by Nafeez Ahmed

Richard Miller was particularly critical of the UK government's policies, including abandoning large-scale wind farm projects, the reduction of feed-in tariffs for renewable energy, and support for...

Category: Renewable Energy, Great Britain, Fossil Fuels

Toronto Star: Nuclear role in Ontario power system shrinks

December 3, 2013,   by John Spears

The figures in Ontario’s just-released energy plan show a dramatic drop in the province’s dependence on nuclear power.

Category: Nuclear Power

Chinese demand right to build UK power plants as price for Hinkley C

December 2, 2013,   by Dave Toke

So the Government's price for its nuclear programme will be hefty price rises for an increasing size of the UK electricity market being owned by the Chinese Government.

Category: Nuclear Power

Solar Costs Known, Nuclear Costs Unknown

November 23, 2013,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

As Komaneff points out in detail, the cost of nuclear projects are hard to understand exactly. That’s because it takes a long time to build a nuclear power plant. Lots of things can and do go wrong...

Category: Nuclear Power

Reuters: Sweden rejects British model for new nuclear plant deals

November 21, 2013,   by Michel Rose

Sweden, reviving its nuclear power, will not follow Britain's example of offering state guarantees to fund the construction of new plants, its energy minister said on Wednesday.

Category: Nuclear Power

Why “Official” Nuclear Plant Cost Estimates Are Like Campaign Promises

November 21, 2013,   by Charles Komanoff

I dutifully opened up Porter’s column and was quickly appalled. . . The column fails the single most critical precept in nuclear economics: don’t confuse promise with performance. I made this point...

Category: Nuclear Power

Asahi Shimbun: Nuclear power plants in disarray: Lack of waste burial site to delay Tokai reactor decommissioning

November 18, 2013,   by Shin Matsuura and Hideki Muroya

Work to decommission the nation's first commercial nuclear reactor cannot start for the simple reason there is still no disposal site for radioactive waste.

Category: Nuclear Power

Asahi Shimbun: Koizumi--It's up to Abe to make the move toward a nuclear-free society

November 12, 2013,   by IZUMI SAKURAI

Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Nov. 12 used his first public session with reporters since retiring from politics to continue pressing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to abandon nuclear energy.

Category: Nuclear Power

NY Times: Removing Fuel Rods Poses New Risks at Crippled Nuclear Plant in Japan

November 10, 2013,   by HIROKO TABUCHI

Category: Nuclear Power

Nuclear energy verdict: Costly, slow and very high maintenance

November 4, 2013,   by Giles Parkinson

Since then, we have received an analysis from Deutsche Bank, which makes some other observations about the cost of nuclear, the comparisons with gas, the price of abatement, and the cost of upkeep...

Category: Nuclear Power

Wind Power history blows away Ed Davey's excuse for giving short contracts to renewables

October 30, 2013,   by Dave Toke

Ed Davey's excuse for limiting wind power contracts to 15 years whilst Hinkley C gets a whopping 35 year contract is blown away by some elementary history checking. Lots of wind turbines in Altamont...

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power, News on Large Wind, News on Wind Energy

Hinkley- deal or no deal?

October 26, 2013,   by Dave Elliott

The UK government’s announcement of a preliminary deal with EDF and its financial partners on the Hinkley Point C European Pressurised-water Reactor (EPR) project, was met with a mixed response. ...

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Give community wind power the same EMR terms as Hinkley C!

October 22, 2013,   by Dave Toke

The Government has talked about extending the size of the schemes which qualify under the small feed-in tariff from 5MW to 10 MW. However this makes little difference as the rates payable under the...

Category: Nuclear Power, News on Community Power

Renewables International: Cost of new nuclear and new renewables

October 22, 2013,   by Craig Morris

Judging from the chatter in social media, the German renewables community is quite pleased at the announcement of a new nuclear plant in the UK. The prices are now, finally, so transparent -- and so...

Category: Nuclear Power

Hinkley C: A Secret blank cheque is in the post

October 21, 2013,   by Dave Toke

The Government's hoo-hah over the Hinkley C nuclear deal hides what should be regarded as a decision by the British state - after denying it for years - to give a blank cheque for the power plant. In...

Category: Nuclear Power

Guardian: Nuclear power in the UK – a history

October 21, 2013,   by Jessica Aldred, Natalie Starkey

Fire at Windscale (one of the reactors on the Sellafield site, England) ranked 5 out of 7 on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale . . . Harold Macmillan, told the cabinet that he...

Category: Nuclear Power

New Thinking Blog: The Nuclear Announcement – a Pyrrhic victory?

October 21, 2013,   by Catherine Mitchell

There are many interesting points about the much trailed nuclear announcement today but the ones I find particularly interesting is that regarding the 10% return on investment and the various issues...

Category: Nuclear Power

Guardian: Nuclear power's broken promises means EDF deal is a delusional dream

October 21, 2013,   by Damian Carrington

The cost of nuclear energy has tripled in just five years, while the cost of renewable energy is falling fast, making the UK government's deal a truly terrible one

Category: Nuclear Power

New Thinking Blog: Energy Transitions and Technology Scale

October 14, 2013,   by Richard Hoggett

Costs can’t be ignored, not only is the playing field for the cost of nuclear uneven, in respect to learning rates, despite widespread deployment they are not falling – recent estimates suggest that...

Category: Nuclear Power

Ottawa Citizen: Ontario won’t spend billions on two new nuclear plants: Chiarelli

October 10, 2013,   by Matthew Pearson

Ontario’s Liberal government has decided it will not spend billions of dollars to build two new nuclear plants, but will refurbish existing reactors at two nuclear generating stations.

Category: Nuclear Power

Globe & Mail: Ontario backs away from plans to buy new nuclear reactors

October 10, 2013,   by ADAM RADWANSKI

Ontario’s government will shelve plans for a major new investment in nuclear power, according to industry and government sources.

Category: Nuclear Power

NYT: Fukushima Reactor’s Cooling System Briefly Stalls

October 7, 2013,   by Martin Fackler

The operator of Japan’s wrecked nuclear plant said Monday that a pump used to cool one of the damaged reactors had stopped, possibly because of human error, in the latest mishap at the...

Category: Nuclear Power

Fukushima and our inability to gauge risk

October 6, 2013,   by Kurt Cobb

How could the world have misjudged the dangers associated with nuclear power, especially those from the light water reactors that so dominate the nuclear industry today? The simple answer is lack of...

Category: Nuclear Power

Telegraph: Nuclear Strike Price in Britain Reached with Cost Overun Sharing

October 5, 2013,   by Emily Gosden

Ministers are considering bearing some of the construction risk for the £14bn project . . . An agreement will see the energy company a guaranteed “strike price”, reported to be between £90 and £93,...

Category: Nuclear Power

Toronto Star: Pickering nuclear project a $2 billion-dollar question

October 3, 2013,   by John Spears

Squeezing another five years of life out of the Pickering nuclear station could turn into a $1.3 billion benefit -- or a $760 million loss . . .

Category: Nuclear Power

NYT: Former Prime Minister Declares Opposition to Nuclear Power in Japan

October 2, 2013,   by MARTIN FACKLER

In a speech to business executives in Nagoya, the former populist maverick surprised many in the solidly pronuclear crowd by proclaiming that Japan should rid itself of atomic plants and switch to...

Category: Nuclear Power

Bloomberg: France to Tax EDF Nuclear Output for Energy Shift to Renewables

September 21, 2013,   by Tara Patel

France will introduce a levy on nuclear energy as well as a tax on carbon emissions from fossil fuels to raise billions needed to boost renewable power and improve energy efficiency.

Category: Nuclear Power

BBC: Japan halts last nuclear reactor

September 15, 2013,  

Japan is shutting down its last functioning nuclear reactor, with no timetable for a restart.

Category: Nuclear Power

New Stateman: The cost of decommissioning a nuclear power station-- Conveniently ignored.

September 9, 2013,   by Mark Brierley

A government white paper in 2002 estimated the cost of decommissioning Britain’s current fleet of plants would be £43bn, many times greater than EDF’s investment at Hinkley Point. This estimate has...

Category: Nuclear Power

Guardian: Japan earmarks £300m+ for Fukushima cleanup

September 3, 2013,   by Justin McCurry

Japan's government is to spend almost $500m (£320m) in an attempt to contain leaks and decontaminate highly toxic water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Category: Nuclear Power

Burlington Free Press: Reversing course, Entergy to close Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant in 2014


Mohl called the 41-year-old plant no longer financially viable, and said the closure announcement gives employees and customers more certainty. He pledged that the company will ensure the plant will...

Category: Nuclear Power

Renewables International: EU considers allowing "state aid" for nuclear

August 26, 2013,   by Craig Morris

Again, we are only dealing with proposals here, but clearly the EU is seriously considering allowing capacity payments for nuclear towards ensuring the reliability of de-carbonized power supply; the...

Category: Nuclear Power

Mainichi: Former Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi's anti-nuclear case makes sense

August 26, 2013,  

In mid-August, former Liberal Democratic Party leader and Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, 71, visited Germany -- which has decided to give up nuclear power -- and Finland -- which continues to...

Category: Nuclear Power

DBL Investors: Ask Saint Onofrio: Finding What Has Been Lost in a Tale of Two Energy Sources (Nuclear & Renewables)

August 26, 2013,   by Nancy E. Pfund & Noah W. Walker

Over its history as a significant California energy source, the nuclear power industry has received four times more subsidies than the California distributed solar industry and has had six times...

Category: Nuclear Power

NYT: The New Nuclear Craze?

August 23, 2013,   by Mark Bittman

Before we all become pro-nuclear greens, however, you’ve got to ask three questions: Is nuclear power safe and clean? Is it economical? And are there better alternatives?

Category: Nuclear Power

NYT: Japan Agency Calls Fukushima Inspectors ‘Careless’

August 23, 2013,   by Mari Saito

The operator of Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant was careless in monitoring tanks storing dangerously radioactive water, the nuclear regulator said on Friday, the latest development in a...

Category: Nuclear Power

NYT: Nuclear Operator Raises Alarm on Crisis

August 23, 2013,   by HIROKO TABUCHI

The operator of Japan’s tsunami-hit nuclear power plant sounded the alarm on the gravity of the deepening crisis of containment at the coastal site on Friday, saying that there are more than 200,000...

Category: Nuclear Power

Mainichi: British nuclear plant needs 90 years for decommissioning after 26 years in operation

August 19, 2013,  

About 800 people are engaged in decommissioning work, outnumbering those who had operated the nuclear power plant. Because the initial phase of the decommissioning operation takes more than 30 years,...

Category: Nuclear Power

Japan Times: Clean up Fukushima or else

August 17, 2013,   by marise shikawa

Two months since The Japan Times’ June 11 editorial “Cease promoting nuclear power,” things seem to have gotten alarmingly worse. The Japanese and the world community should come to terms with the...

Category: Nuclear Power

Telegraph: Amec defends Sellafield nuclear clean-up record as £22bn contract hangs in balance

August 11, 2013,   by Emily Gosden

Amec claims to have delivered “good value” in managing nuclear waste clean-up operations at Sellafield and is “optimistic” of retaining the £22bn contract, despite admitting failings that could see...

Category: Nuclear Power

NYT: Japan Stepping In to Help Clean Up Atomic Plant

August 7, 2013,   by MARTIN FACKLER

As the scope of the latest crisis became clearer on Wednesday, Japan’s popular prime minister, Shinzo Abe, ordered his government to intervene in the cleanup of the plant — taking a more direct role...

Category: Nuclear Power

A Year and a Half With a Nissan Leaf (Part 1): The Acquisition

August 6, 2013,   by Sam Koblenski

While researching the new car market, I learned that the Nissan Leaf was the first fully-electric car available that didn't cost a fortune. It was still pretty pricey, but with the government rebate,...

Category: Electric Vehicles

NYT: Florida Nuclear Project Is Dropped

August 1, 2013,   by Mathew Wald

Duke Energy said Thursday that it had dropped plans for a $24.7 billion nuclear reactor complex in Levy County, Fla., on which the company has already spent $1 billion, most of it collected from...

Category: Nuclear Power

Reuters: EDF exits U.S. nuclear

July 30, 2013,  

French utility EDF, the world's biggest operator of nuclear plants, is pulling out of nuclear energy in the United States, bowing to the realities of a market that has been transformed by cheap shale...

Category: Nuclear Power

Excerpts from British Survey of Attitudes Toward Energy Market Reform

July 21, 2013,  

Below are some excerpts from are recent public opinion survey on attitudes toward energy policy. Renewable Energy Among the British public we find a strong preference for a shift to renewable...[more]

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Public prefers reductions in room temperature to nuclear power as an energy solution says key survey

July 20, 2013,   by Dave Toke

A comprehensive survey published by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) of attitudes of the British public has found low support for nuclear power as a solution to the UK's problems compared to...

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Graph of the Day: Women prefer solar, old men like nuclear

July 16, 2013,   by Giles Parkinson

Solar and wind are by far the most popular, and wind gained the most support from the previous year, jumping from 59 per cent to 67 per cent. Coal and nuclear were the least popular, with nuclear...

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

CTV: Cost of refurbishing Point Lepreau nuclear plant could be $3.3 billion Read more:

July 11, 2013,   by Kevin Bissett

The cost of refurbishing New Brunswick's Point Lepreau nuclear power plant could be as high as $3.3 billion, nearly $1 billion more than previously estimated, a memo for the Prime Minister's Office...

Category: Nuclear Power

Davey denies offering EDF a nuclear blank cheque

July 7, 2013,   by Dave Toke

You would think that no other country in the world could get by without building more nuclear power stations! Why do some British people think we need them so bad? Maybe it is a feeling for the old...

Category: Nuclear Power

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