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Nuclear is not renewable, but it's listed here for organizational reasons. I wasn't really interested in nuclear, didn't think it had any future, and that it was effectively dead. I wasn't writing about it. However, like a vampire, nuclear kept rising from the grave and stalking the land. Talk continued of reviving it one more time. This talk had a real effect on public policy in North America, especially in Ontario, Canada. Thus, I felt it necessary to include nuclear topics and this was the place on my web site where it was easiest to insert.

Why the retirement of a California nuclear plant should proceed as planned

March 10, 2022,   by Ralph Cavanagh, NRDC

The letter to Newsom is premised on the false notion that Diablo Canyon is being “prematurely shut down;” in fact, the Diablo plant is expected to operate through August of 2025, which marks the end...

Category: Nuclear Power

A massive expansion of domestic Renewable energy stops wars, not just climate change

February 28, 2022,   by Hans-Josef Fell

Firstly, 70% of Russia’s state revenues come from oil, natural gas, coal and nuclear energy deals. State revenues fund its military. Secondly, an EU dependent on imports from any geopolitical...

Category: Fossil Fuels, Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Breaking News: Germany aims to get 100% of energy from renewable sources by 2035

February 28, 2022,  

Economy Minister Robert Habeck has described the accelerated capacity expansion for renewable energy as a key element in making the country less dependent on Russian fossil fuel supplies.

Category: Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels, Nuclear Power

Breaking News: Germany aims for 100% renewables by 2035

February 28, 2022,   by Carrie Hampel

“This not only benefits climate protection but also makes us independent of Putin’s gas, oil and coal,” tweeted Oliver Krischer, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Ministry of Economics and Climate...

Category: Fossil Fuels, Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Heat Pumps for Peace and Freedom

February 27, 2022,   by Bill McKibben

President Biden should immediately invoke the Defense Production Act to get American manufacturers to start producing electric heat pumps in quantity, so we can ship them to Europe where they can be...

Category: Fossil Fuels, Nuclear Power

Germany Doubles Pace of Energy Transition

February 26, 2022,   by David Waterworth

“All suitable roof surfaces are to be used for solar energy.” Rooftop solar will be mandatory on new commercial buildings and near-mandatory on new residential buildings. German solar has been...

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power, Fossil Fuels

Former heads of US, German, French nuclear regulation and Secretary to UK government radiation protection committee: ‘Nuclear is just not part of any feasible strategy that could counter climate change.’

January 6, 2022,  

As key experts who have worked on the front-line of the nuclear issue, we’ve all involved at the highest governmental nuclear regulatory and radiation protection levels in the US, Germany, France and...

Category: Nuclear Power

'Outrageous' price tag: Plant Vogtle cost doubles to $28.5 billion as other owners balk

November 4, 2021,   by Jeff Amy

The cost of two nuclear reactors being built in Georgia is now $28.5 billion, more than twice the original price tag, and the other owners of Plant Vogtle argue Georgia Power Co. has triggered an...

Category: Nuclear Power

‘Fantasy PowerPoint Designs’ Won’t Deliver Nuclear Power in Time to Solve Climate Change

October 7, 2021,   by Paul Brown

Governments have no time to waste on “fantasy PowerPoint designs” of small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs) that could never be built in time to save humanity from the climate crisis, says the author...

Category: Nuclear Power

Ex-CEO Who Oversaw Doomed Nuclear Project Sentenced

October 7, 2021,  

An executive who lied to regulators about two South Carolina nuclear plants that never generated a watt of power has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Category: Nuclear Power

‘A combination of failures:’ why 3.6m pounds of nuclear waste is buried under a popular California beach

August 24, 2021,   by Kate Mishkin

But for all the good vibes and stellar sunsets, beneath the surface hides a potential threat: 3.6m lb of nuclear waste from a group of nuclear reactors shut down nearly a decade ago. Decades of...

Category: Nuclear Power

Ontario’s Unfunded Nuclear Decommissioning Liability Is In The $18-$27 Billion CAD Range

August 8, 2021,   by Michael Barnard

So yes, Ontario’s nuclear program will be a fiscal burden on Ontarians to the tune of around $40 billion CAD which will be spent through roughly 2135, finally being paid off by the...

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Nuclear energy - The solution to climate change?

July 1, 2021,   by Nikolaus Muellner

Nuclear power's contribution to climate change mitigation is and will be very limited.

Category: Nuclear Power

Trudeau making mistake investing in nuclear research

May 11, 2021,   by Peggy Cameron

The idea of citizens’ taxes going to experimental small nuclear seems especially short-sighted knowing that the Canadian government under former prime minister Stephen Harper sold Atomic Energy of...

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Small Modular Nuclear Reactors Are Mostly Bad Policy

May 3, 2021,   by Michael Barnard

Small modular reactors won’t achieve economies of manufacturing scale, won’t be faster to construct, forego efficiency of vertical scaling, won’t be cheaper, aren’t suitable for remote or brownfield...

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Nuclear plant decommissioning costs three times as much as estimated

April 19, 2021,   by Michael Barnard

But they need a fund of closer to $70 billion, and they are short regardless. So the US fleet cleanup is going to cost the taxpayer probably closer to an additional $40 billion, if it all goes...

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Net Zero without Nuclear: The Case Against Nuclear Power

April 15, 2021,   by Jonathon Porritt

I’ve been ‘anti-nuclear’ since 1974 –ever since I joined the Green Party. My basic position hasn’t changed much during that time. Not because I decided back then that nuclear power was an inherently...

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Small Modular Nuclear Reactors Are Mostly Bad Policy

March 5, 2021,   by Michael Barnard

People asserting that SMRs are the primary or only answer to energy generation either don’t know what they are talking about, are actively dissembling or are intentionally delaying climate action.

Category: Nuclear Power

US Nuclear Site Cleanup Underfunded By Up To $70 Billion

December 1, 2020,   by Michael Barnard

Headlines out of the UK are pointing out the horrible state of affairs for nuclear generation decommissioning after a committee of Members of Parliament that the UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning...

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Recurring Problem Forced Diablo Canyon Nuke Unit Offline

October 20, 2020,   by Elizabeth McCarthy

The untimely Oct. 15 shut down of the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant’s Unit 2 is the second malfunction in a critical component of its electric generator, which was just rebuilt. In July, the same...

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All About Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant

September 24, 2020,   by David Weissman

PG&E, which pled guilty to 84 cases of manslaughter this past spring, has been banking on regulatory inattention to increase profits while ignoring risks to residents and ratepayers from its aging...

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Hitachi to abandon Wales nuclear power project

September 16, 2020,  

Hitachi Ltd. said Wednesday it is pulling out of a nuclear power plant project in Wales, citing a worsening investment environment, in a blow to Britain’s low-carbon energy policy.

Category: Nuclear Power

Exelon Threatens to Close 2 Nuclear Plants as Battle Over State Subsidies Looms

August 28, 2020,   by Jeff St. John

Exelon is following through with a threat to close two of its Illinois nuclear power plants by next year unless it receives state support to boost their financial viability, a move that could...

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Georgia Public Service Commission balks at speeding up review of Plant Vogtle cost to customers

August 18, 2020,   by Dave Williams

Georgia’s utility regulating agency voted unanimously Tuesday to approve $674 million in spending on the Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion Georgia Power Co. reported incurring during the last half of...

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The Resistible Rise of Nuclear Gangsters…and Their Downfall

August 4, 2020,   by Linda Pentz Gunter

It would be tempting to describe last week’s nuclear scandals — in three states — as something out of the Wild West. But Al Capone’s Chicago would be a more accurate analogy.

Category: Nuclear Power

Top ex-SCANA official Stephen Byrne pleads guilty in SC nuclear fiasco fraud case

July 23, 2020,   by John Monk and Joseph Bustos

Stephen Byrne, a top executive of the now-defunct SCANA electric utility, pleaded guilty Thursday to criminal conspiracy fraud charges in federal court in Columbia. Byrne’s guilty plea showed that...

Category: Nuclear Power

Top SCANA ex-official to plead guilty to fraud conspiracy in nuclear plant failure

June 8, 2020,   by John Monk

The number two executive of the defunct SCANA Corp. — whose top officials engineered the biggest business failure in South Carolina history: the $10 billion V.C. Summer nuclear plant fiasco — has...

Category: Nuclear Power

State funds to be juggled to cover cleanup costs from Fukushima

March 18, 2020,  

The government has moved to revise a law to allow for the diversion of budgetary funds set aside for the promotion of renewable energy to help cover ballooning costs related to the storage of...

Category: Nuclear Power

Tepco estimates 44 years to decommission Fukushima No. 2 nuclear plant

January 23, 2020,  

Tepco presented the outline of decommissioning plans to the municipal assembly of Tomioka, one of the two host towns of the nuclear plant, on Wednesday.

Category: Nuclear Power

French plant taken offline following earthquake

November 12, 2019,  

EDF has temporarily suspended operation of three units at its Cruas-Meysse nuclear power plant to assess the reactors following a magnitude 4.9 earthquake yesterday in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region...

Category: Nuclear Power

Fukushima to be reborn as $2.7bn wind and solar power hub

November 10, 2019,   by SHIKO UEDA and SUGURU KURIMOTO

A plan is under way to develop 11 solar power plants and 10 wind power plants in the prefecture, on farmlands that cannot be cultivated anymore and mountainous areas from where population outflows...

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

World’s Largest Nuclear Power Producer Confronts Serial Glitches

October 30, 2019,   by Francois De Beaupuy

The Flamanville plant is now slated to be completed in 2022 at a price tag of 12.4 billion euros ($13.8 billion), with the latest glitch costing a whopping 1.5 billion euros. Bemoaning the loss of...

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Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant no longer economically viable; early shutdown would save ratepayers billions

October 25, 2019,   by David Weisman

A responsible Commission concerned for California’s future should consider that ratepayer dollars are more wisely spent hardening our grid against future wildfires than propping up ...

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Japan Nuclear Scandal Deepens as Chairman Admits to Taking Gifts Since 2006

September 29, 2019,   by Aya Takada and Gearoid Reidy

The Kansai scandal erupted last week, when it was revealed the utility took payments from a local company that worked on its nuclear plant in Takahama, via one of its former deputy mayors. On Friday,...

Category: Nuclear Power

Nuclear safety costs in Japan surge to staggering heights

September 1, 2019,   by SUGURU KURIMOTO

Japan's nuclear plant operators face ballooning costs for meeting safety requirements imposed six years ago, potentially throwing a wrench into the government's policy of promoting the atom as a...

Category: Nuclear Power

The 7 reasons why nuclear energy is not the answer to solve climate change

June 20, 2019,   by Mark Z. Jacobson

There is a small group of scientists that have proposed replacing 100% of the world’s fossil fuel power plants with nuclear reactors as a way to solve climate change. Many others propose nuclear grow...

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Ministry eyes subsidy plan for nuclear energy generation

March 23, 2019,   by TSUNEO SASAI

The ministry plans to establish the subsidy system by the end of fiscal 2020 in line with the scheduled review of the "feed-in tariff" system that set prices for purchasing electricity generated by...

Category: Japan FIT, Nuclear Power

Think tank puts cost to address nuke disaster up to 81 trillion yen

March 10, 2019,   by ATSUSHI KOMORI

In a startling disparity, a private think tank puts the cost of addressing the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster between 35 trillion yen and 81 trillion yen ($315 billion and $728 billion), compared...

Category: Nuclear Power

Hitachi scraps £16bn nuclear power station in Wales

January 17, 2019,   by Adam Vaughan

Hitachi has scrapped plans to build a nuclear power station in Wales, becoming the second firm in two months to abandon a major nuclear project and triggering “a full-blown crisis” for the UK...

Category: Nuclear Power

Koizumi says Japan must say ‘no’ to nuclear energy

January 17, 2019,   by Takashi Arichika

When he was prime minister, Junichiro Koizumi championed the use of atomic power to generate electricity. . . Koizumi, in office from 2001 to 2006, and widely regarded as one of Japan's most popular...

Category: Nuclear Power

Hitachi set to cancel plans for £16bn nuclear power station in Wales

January 11, 2019,   by Adam Vaughan

The Japanese conglomerate Hitachi looks certain to cancel its plans for a £16bn nuclear power station in Wales, leaving Britain’s ambitions for a nuclear renaissance in tatters.

Category: Nuclear Power

Japanese gov't plan to export nuclear power technology floundering

January 4, 2019,   by Mainichi Japan

The Japanese government's strategy to export nuclear power technology has run aground amid rising safety costs and deteriorating prospects for project profitability.

Category: Nuclear Power

Hitachi may freeze British nuclear project due to swelling costs

December 16, 2018,   by Kyodo

If the Japanese conglomerate freezes the ¥3 trillion Wylfa Newydd plant construction, all of the overseas nuclear projects promoted by the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as part of his...

Category: Nuclear Power

Japan dropping nuclear plant export to Turkey over rising costs

December 6, 2018,   by ASAHI SHIMBUN

Japan has all but abandoned plans to export nuclear plant technology to Turkey, dealing another blow to a pillar of the Abe administration’s economic growth strategy.

Category: Nuclear Power

Backstory: Macron To Close Multiple Nuclear Reactors, But Why Now?

November 30, 2018,   by Michael Bernard

President Emmanuel Macron of France depressed nuclear executives globally in late November 2018, announcing the planned retirement of 14 of 58 reactors by 2035. This was still less than was promised...

Category: Nuclear Power

Will 2018 be the year of new nuclear design success?

April 6, 2018,   by Craig Morris

The new third generation (EPR) nuclear reactor is being built in France and Finland and is also proposed in the UK. A similar design went into operation in South Korea in December 2016 – but it...

Category: Nuclear Power

SLO County could be a 'renewable energy hub' after Diablo closes. Here's how, Congressman Carbajal says

April 2, 2018,   by Kaytlyn Leslie

Congressman Salud Carbajal announced a new bill Monday to encourage investment in renewable energy businesses in San Luis Obispo County. The bill, called the Energy Opportunity Zone Act, is targeted...

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

The disaster of the European nuclear industry

March 15, 2018,   by Hans - Josef Fell and Eva Stegen

The "European Pressurized Reactor (EPR)", once proclaimed to be a new impetus for the nuclear renaissance, turned out to be a disaster, characterized by safety deficiencies ...

Category: Nuclear Power

Can nuclear and renewables coexist?

March 12, 2018,   by Craig Morris

Ramping – when power plants adjust their output according to market needs – is crucial in an energy system that includes renewables. So can nuclear reactors ramp enough to accommodate significant...

Category: Nuclear Power

France to close five nuclear reactors?

February 12, 2018,   by Craig Morris

Without any official announcement having been made, French nuclear reactor operator EDF seems poised to close up to five reactors next year. What will this mean for the French energy market?

Category: Nuclear Power

Hinkley Point: the ‘dreadful deal’ behind the world’s most expensive power plant

December 21, 2017,   by Holly Watt

Building Britain’s first new nuclear reactor since 1995 will cost twice as much as the 2012 Olympics – and by the time it is finished, nuclear power could be a thing of the past. How could the...

Category: Nuclear Power

Power Failure: How utilities across the U.S. changed the rules to make big bets with your money

December 10, 2017,   by Tony Bartelme

Over the past decade, state legislatures across the country rewrote rule books for how power companies pay for new power plants, shifting financial risks away from electric companies to you and...

Category: Nuclear Power

Why France really had to postpone its nuclear reduction

November 20, 2017,   by Craig Morris

France has announced (report in French) the abandonment of plans first adopted in 2012 to reduce the share of nuclear from 75% to 50% by 2025. The reason given is that such a fast reduction would not...

Category: Nuclear Power

Florida rejects FPL cost recovery plan for Turkey Point power plant

October 18, 2017,   by Jeff Postelwait

After months of hearings, regulators would not support FPL's plan to bill electricity customers for the costs of the nuclear power project, which lacks a feasibility analysis and has also had its...

Category: Nuclear Power

Nuclear cannot keep up with wind, and solar is coming next

September 25, 2017,   by Craig Morris

Even countries with long-standing nuclear aims are adding wind power much faster, as Brazil, China, and India show. Those interested in the fastest way to mitigate climate change can forget nuclear.

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

How to make nuclear look cheap: use sloppy economics

September 6, 2017,   by Craig Morris

Various studies on future low-carbon electricity mixes suggest that the least expensive option is one with nuclear along with solar and wind mixed in. But the economists overlook the cost impact of...

Category: Nuclear Power

4 Reasons Nuclear and Fossil Fuel Supporters Criticizing 100% Renewable Energy Plan Are Wrong

August 8, 2017,  

Proponents of 100% renewable energy face harsh criticism, even well-respected scientists like Mark Jacobson. He has been arguing for countries to switch to an all-renewables grid for years, both...

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power, Fossil Fuels

How The Dream Of America's 'Nuclear Renaissance' Fizzled

August 6, 2017,   by Molly Samuel

But following the decision last week by two utilities to scrap the expansion at the Virgil C. Summer Nuclear Generating Station in South Carolina, that vision is in tatters. There's now just one...

Category: Nuclear Power

Baseload myths and why we need to change how we look at our grid

August 3, 2017,   by Sara Hastings-Simon, Binnu Jeyakumar

It is a meaningless concept at the least and dangerous at its worst

Category: Nuclear Power, Fossil Fuels, Grid Integration

South Carolina's $9 Billion Nuclear Boondoggle Fits a Global Pattern of Troubles

August 2, 2017,   by Peter Fairley

Public Service Commission chairman Swain Whitfield added that the reactors' cancellation after $9 billion of investment — more than the state’s annual budget — “is going to shatter lives, hopes and...

Category: Nuclear Power

South Carolina May Spend 60 Years Paying for Nukes Never Built

August 1, 2017,   by Lynn Doan and Mark Chediak

Scana is seeking state approval to collect $4.9 billion from customers to cover the costs of scrapping two half-finished reactors after construction delays and billions in cost overruns forced the...

Category: Nuclear Power

Fukushima: robot images show massive deposits thought to be melted nuclear fuel

July 22, 2017,  

The robot found large amounts of solidified lava-like rocks and lumps in layers as thick as 1m on the bottom inside a main structure called the pedestal that sits underneath the core inside the...

Category: Nuclear Power

Six Years After Fukushima, Japan Tries to Quell Its Energy Angst

July 14, 2017,  

But 43 of Japan's 54 original reactors are still offline. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, for his part, has promoted a policy of restarts, but he is politically weaker now than at any time since...

Category: Nuclear Power

Chernobyl Radioactive Zone May Get Giant French-Built Solar Park

July 7, 2017,   by Anna Hirtenstein

Ukraine is talking to one of France’s largest energy companies about building a giant, billion-euro ($1.25 billion) solar park in the uninhabited radioactive zone surrounding the abandoned Chernobyl...

Category: Nuclear Power, News on Solar Energy

Hinkley Point C is £1.5bn over budget and a year behind schedule, EDF admits

July 3, 2017,   by Adam Vaughan

French state-owned EDF said the cost overrun for two new reactors at Hinkley in Somerset could hit £2.2bn, taking the total spend to £20.3bn, up from £18bn previously.

Category: Nuclear Power

Japan: Governor states firm opposition to Hamaoka plant restart

June 29, 2017,  

The re-elected governor here has given an emphatic “No” to the question of whether the Hamaoka nuclear power plant, often described as the most dangerous facility of its kind in Japan, should be...

Category: Nuclear Power

Korea's Moon to phase out nuclear reactors

June 20, 2017,   by Kim Rahn

President Moon Jae-in said Monday that his administration will halt the construction of new nuclear power plants and will not extend the operations of aging reactors.

Category: Nuclear Power

Dispatching with “dispatchable” nuclear

June 12, 2017,   by Craig Morris

In the US, a debate on “deep decarbonization” is raging: going nearly zero-carbon in energy supply. Journalist David Roberts says we will need “dispatchable” nuclear. Via Twitter, he told readers...

Category: Nuclear Power

No, Virginia, There Is No Nuclear Santa Claus

June 9, 2017,   by Michael Barnard

Virginia is about to receive approval for the most expensive nuclear reactor ever built in the USA. It’s been a 10-year hunt with reactor technologies changing at least twice to add a third unit to...

Category: Nuclear Power

Three Mile Island nuke accident linked to thyroid cancer

June 1, 2017,   by Brett Sholtis

A new Penn State Medical Center study has found a link between the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear accident and thyroid cancer cases in south-central Pennsylvania.

Category: Nuclear Power

Three Mile Island to close 40 years after nuclear accident

May 30, 2017,  

Three Mile Island - which experienced a partial reactor meltdown in 1979, spawning nationwide protests - will shut in 2019.

Category: Nuclear Power

Does the French nuclear fleet ramp to make space for solar and wind?

May 17, 2017,   by Craig Morris

My assumption was always that the single reactor in question is being sacrificed to keep the rest of the fleet from having to change much. Recently, I had the time to delve into the data to verify...

Category: Nuclear Power

The US nuclear camp critiques studies for 100% renewables. Without reading them.

May 15, 2017,   by Craig Morris

Craig Morris reviews a few papers by Americans and advises them to tackle the best European studies for 100% renewables head-on, not ignore them.

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Why America’s Old Nuclear Plants Could Be Dragging Down Clean Energy Development

April 25, 2017,   by Jamie Condliffe

Money spent nursing nukes may be better spent on wind, solar, and research into new technologies.

Category: Nuclear Power

Japan to scrap 5 more nuclear reactors

April 20, 2017,  

Five nuclear reactors in Japan were approved for decommissioning on Wednesday, pushing utilities and other companies to join hands to tackle both the great business opportunities and daunting...

Category: Nuclear Power

Westinghouse files for bankruptcy, in a blow to nuclear power industry

March 29, 2017,   by Steven Mufson

Westinghouse, one of the most storied names in the nuclear energy business, filed for bankruptcy Wednesday, dealing a blow to the nuclear power industry and raising questions about the fate of four...

Category: Nuclear Power

UN asks UK to suspend work on Hinkley Point

March 20, 2017,   by Adam Vaughan

A United Nations committee has asked the UK to suspend work on the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset because of the government’s failure to consult with European countries over the...

Category: Nuclear Power

German nuclear fleet struggles to stay online as wind sets records

March 15, 2017,   by Craig Morris

An Indian airliner passing over Europe lost radio contact and had to be escorted by fighter jets (it could have been a terrorist attack). As the plane passed over German reactors, some were evacuated...

Category: Nuclear Power

Six years after Fukushima, much of Japan has lost faith in nuclear power

March 9, 2017,  

The Japanese public has lost faith in nuclear safety regulation, and a majority favors phasing out nuclear power. However, Japan’s current energy policy assumes nuclear power will play a role.

Category: Nuclear Power

Tens of billions of taxpayers money at risk as pressure mounts to spend billions more on new nuclear

February 26, 2017,   by Dave Toke

Giant portions of public spending are now at risk of pouring down a nuclear power black hole as calls for the Government to make direct investments into new nuclear power plant intensify.

Category: Nuclear Power

No we don't need any more nuclear power stations to power electric cars

February 15, 2017,   by Dave Toke

Desperate to cover the latest catastrophic meltdown to hit the nuclear industry as Toshiba sinks under the weight of its failures to construct nuclear power plant through its Westinghouse subsidiary,...

Category: Nuclear Power, Electric Vehicles

Toshiba chairman resigns over massive projected nuclear losses

February 14, 2017,   by Yuri Kageyama

Toshiba Corp.’s chairman resigned Tuesday after the company logged such massive losses in its nuclear business that it must sell its lucrative computer-chip business to avoid going belly-up.

Category: Nuclear Power

Blast at French nuclear plant does not pose contamination risk, say experts

February 9, 2017,   by Adam Vaughan

Authorities say fire in turbine hall was outside nuclear zones of Flamanville power station near Cherbourg

Category: Nuclear Power

Beyond nuclear power: Japan’s smart energy communities mushroom

February 7, 2017,   by Andrew DeWit

However, what’s being missed in this narrative is the hundreds of districts across Japan that are building local distributed energy systems that maximize efficiency and use of local renewable-energy...

Category: Nuclear Power

France’s Next President May Face $3 Billion Nuclear Hangover

February 3, 2017,   by Francois De Beaupuy

Whoever succeeds Francois Hollande as France’s president may find one of their first tasks in office will be selling off some of the nation’s prized assets to prop up the state’s nuclear industry.

Category: Nuclear Power

France can’t meet its own power demand

January 12, 2017,   by Craig Morris

France was heavily dependent on power imports during the first cold spell of this winter. Yet, most of the country’s reactors are back online.

Category: Nuclear Power

Will power prices ever support new nuclear build?

January 4, 2017,   by Jan Ondřich

New nuclear projects need power price of around EUR 127/MWh in 2015 prices, as the Hinkley Point C project in the UK shows. And this price needs to be indexed to inflation. It is highly unlikely...

Category: Nuclear Power

Monju prototype reactor, once a key cog in Japan’s nuclear energy policy, to be scrapped

December 21, 2016,  

Once envisioned as playing a key role in Japan’s nuclear fuel-recycling policy, the controversial Monju prototype fast-breeder atomic reactor will now be scrapped, the government formally announced...

Category: Nuclear Power

Swiss reject nuclear phaseout schedule in referendum

December 14, 2016,   by Craig Morris

At the end of November, Switzerland clearly rejected a proposal by the Greens for a fast closure of the country’s five reactors, leaving the Swiss with a phaseout plan without a roadmap

Category: Nuclear Power

Energiewende MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)

December 6, 2016,   by Craig Morris, IASS Potsdam

28 videos on the Energiewende with an emphasis on the Electricity Rebels who sparked a renewable energy revolution in Germany.

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Community Power, Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen), Nuclear Power

French nuclear power in 'worst situation ever', says former EDF director

November 29, 2016,   by Adam Vaughan

The French nuclear industry is in its “worst situation ever” because of a spate of plant closures in France and the complexities it faces with the UK’s Hinkley Point C power station, according to a...

Category: Nuclear Power

The long history of “recently discovered” nuclear safety issues

November 25, 2016,   by Craig Morris

At present, around the third of France’s nuclear fleet is currently off-line as safety experts inspect small cracks in containment vessels. Earlier this year, we learned that improper manufacturing...

Category: Nuclear Power

Thorium: a future option for nuclear?

November 21, 2016,   by Craig Morris

The documentary thus is an ad for thorium and cleverly begins with one in order to appear more objective; a comic strip version of the late nuclear expert Alvin Weinberg tells viewers he i

Category: Nuclear Power

Swiss try to give away nuclear plants, find no taker

November 16, 2016,   by Craig Morris

On the weekend, Swiss media reported (in German and in French) that Swiss reactor operator Alpiq could find no buyer for its two nuclear plants and is therefore hoping to give them to the Swiss...

Category: Nuclear Power

Zero-nuclear policy can lead opposition to victory: Koizumi

November 5, 2016,   by SHINICHI SEKIN

An anti-nuclear stance taken by opposition parties could lift them from their doldrums and defeat the ruling coalition, former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said, pointing to the recent Niigata...

Category: Nuclear Power

Cost to scrap Fukushima nuclear plant massively underestimated, Japanese officials admit

October 25, 2016,  

The cost of cleaning up Tokyo Electric Power’s wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant may rise to several billion dollars a year, from less than US$800 million now, Japan’s industry ministry said on...

Category: Nuclear Power

Opposition to nuclear energy grows in Japan

October 21, 2016,   by Julian Ryall

A poll conducted by the Asahi Shimbun newspaper on October 15 and 16 determining that 57 percent of the public is against the nation's nuclear power plants being restarted, and just 29 percent...

Category: Nuclear Power

Japanese anti-nuclear candidate wins election at site of world's biggest atomic power station

October 16, 2016,  

An anti-nuclear candidate has been elected in a region of Japan that houses the world’s biggest atomic power station, striking a blow to Tokyo Electric Power’s attempts to restart the plant in the...

Category: Nuclear Power

Britain’s Nuclear Cover-Up

October 10, 2016,   by PETER WYNN KIRBY

Last month, the British government signed off on what might be the most controversial and least promising plan for a nuclear power station in a generation.

Category: Nuclear Power

Swiss ban new nuclear reactors

October 6, 2016,   by Craig Morris

One wonders when the international media will catch on. Maybe never—or did you know that Switzerland implemented a nuclear phaseout (by 2034) in the wake of Fukushima back in 2011?

Category: Nuclear Power

Ontario’s chance to get more from green energy

September 30, 2016,   by David Cork

We have a surplus because Ontario operates three gigantic nuclear plants (including the world’s biggest – the Bruce Nuclear Station). Demand for electricity has fallen over the past decade in...

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

The British bias towards expensive nuclear power

September 28, 2016,   by Phil Johnstone

As Hinkley C received the green light to go ahead last week, research published by the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex shows how intense British Government attachments to...

Category: Nuclear Power

Probe into California Democratic Party’s ties to PUC, PG&E and other utilities begins

September 23, 2016,   by George Avalos

The state’s Fair Political Practices Commission has launched a formal probe into the California Democratic Party, sparked by allegations of corruption and a tangle of close ties involving the party,...

Category: California FIT, Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

Understanding Hinkley Point

September 21, 2016,   by Craig Morris

British MP Caroline Lucas perhaps put it best: “Do we keep ploughing billions into mammoth infrastructure projects such as Hinkley, or do we refocus resources and build up an energy democracy from...

Category: Nuclear Power

Understanding Hinkley Point

September 21, 2016,   by Craig Morris

“It looks like a contract that was written five years ago on a business case that was probably pulled together 10 years ago,” British journalist Ambrose Evans-Pritchard cites a spokesperson for...

Category: Nuclear Power

Nuclear power is risky and expensive; here's a better idea

September 15, 2016,   by Damian Carrington

In the 21st century, the UK will have to supply itself with power that is affordable, reliable and clean. But in almost every way, the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station offers only...

Category: Nuclear Power

Despite dwindling momentum, Koizumi pursues anti-nuclear goals

September 7, 2016,   by Ayako Mie

While Japan’s once-charged anti-nuclear movement struggles to retain its momentum five years after the 2011 Fukushima catastrophe, former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi remains doggedly determined...

Category: Nuclear Power

The Unlikely Activist: Some funny things happened on the way to closing the nuclear power plant

September 6, 2016,   by David Weissman

The inside story of how a little known group and its level-headed activists led to the closure of two of the most infamous nuclear reactors in the United States. The forthcoming closure of the two...[more]

Category: Nuclear Power

EDF leaders get desperate over Hinkley C

September 3, 2016,   by Dave Toke

EDF leaders are now in such a state of panic over their Hinkley C proposals that desperate messages were being sent out to tell the British Government that they need to take a £6 billion equity share...

Category: Nuclear Power

Foratom spins the data

August 30, 2016,   by Craig Morris

The "voice of Europe's nuclear industry" has produced an embarassingly manipulative chart that hypes up nuclear and plays down renewables. This is how you don't do it, folks.

Category: Nuclear Power

UK green energy sector needs nurturing over nuclear

August 15, 2016,   by Larry Elliott

Technological advances mean the cost of renewables is coming down, representing far better value for taxpayers’ money

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

May urged to pull plug immediately on Hinkley C over spying allegations

August 11, 2016,   by Terry Macalister

Name of China General Nuclear Power, which holds stake in the planned new reactors, has appeared in US legal papers

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

Solar and wind 'cheaper than new nuclear' by the time Hinkley is built

August 11, 2016,   by Adam Vaughan

UK government’s own projections expect onshore wind power and large-scale solar to cost less per megawatt hour than new nuclear by 2025

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Hinkley Point C: case against Chinese firm has the feel of a modern spy thriller

August 11, 2016,   by Ian Cobain

FBI says Chinese stakeholder in proposed plant has been engaged in two-decade conspiracy to steal US nuclear secrets

Category: Nuclear Power

The Danger of “Clean Energy”

August 5, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

When clean energy doesn’t mean what you think it does.[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power, Fossil Fuels

Nuclear weapons and nuclear power in the UK

August 4, 2016,   by Craig Morris

Two years ago, a retired British MP gave me a tip under the condition of anonymity: “look for connections between Hinkley and British nuclear weapons.”

Category: Nuclear Power

New York's "Clean" Energy Plan Props Up Dirty, Dangerous Nuclear Power

August 2, 2016,   by Deirdre Fulton

But it's also generating controversy, as it props up the state's faltering nuclear industry to the tune of about $500 million a year in subsidies—and potentially lays out a blueprint for other states...

Category: Nuclear Power

Renewable Energy, Climate Change and the Democratic Party Platform 2016

August 2, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

The Democratic Party Platform calls for a global summit to solve the climate crisis within the first 100 days of the new administration and a WWII-level mobilization to combat climate change. If...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels, Nuclear Power

Why UK Government will be signing a blank cheque for Hinkley and Bradwell in one go

July 31, 2016,   by Dave Toke

If Theresa May says that she will agree to Hinkley C but will not agree to the Bradwell project, then it is likely that the Chinese will walk away from Hinkley, thus ending the project - unless the...

Category: Nuclear Power

Hinkley Point C in doubt after British government delays approval

July 29, 2016,   by Graham Ruddick and Jamie Grierson

Britain’s first new nuclear power station for a generation is in fresh doubt after the government postponed a final decision on the £18bn project, despite the French energy company behind it voting...

Category: Nuclear Power

EDF to postpone Hinkley Construction start to at least mid 2019

July 22, 2016,   by Dave Toke

Once again, EDF's superb public relations is convincing people that its disastrous Hinkley C power plant project is moving ahead, whilst the reality is that it is announcing that the project will not...

Category: Nuclear Power

Japan business lobby says Abe govt can't rely on nuclear energy

July 22, 2016,   by Osamu Tsukimori and Aaron Sheldrick

Japan's use of nuclear power is unlikely to meet a government target of returning to near pre-Fukushima levels and the world's No.3 economy needs to get serious about boosting renewables, a senior...

Category: Nuclear Power

Court rules a third time against Takahama reactors

July 12, 2016,   by Eric Johnston

The Otsu District Court ruled against Kansai Electric Power Co. for the third time in five months Tuesday, in a decision that will keep its Takahama No. 3 and 4 reactors in Fukui Prefecture shut down...

Category: Nuclear Power

Was Nuclear a Winner in Japan’s July 10 Elections?

July 12, 2016,   by Andrew DeWit, School of Economic Policy Studies, Rikkyo University

On July 10, Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), under PM Abe Shinzo, won a massive majority in the Upper House elections. A couple of years ago, that result would have been read as...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

Opponent of nuclear power elected governor of Kagoshima

July 10, 2016,  

Anti-nuclear advocate Satoshi Mitazono was elected governor of Kagoshima Prefecture on Sunday, beating incumbent Yuichiro Ito, who agreed to the resumption of reactors at a power plant in the...

Category: Nuclear Power

Japan’s Centre-Right Goes Green

July 8, 2016,   by Andrew DeWit, School of Economic Policy Studies, Rikkyo University

A lot of business elites have clearly thrown in the towel on nuclear and are instead openly lobbying to have Japan vault to global leadership in renewables, efficiency and smart infrastructure.[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, Japan FIT, Nuclear Power

Dutch tender award for offshore wind plant is 25% cheaper than Hinkley C contract

July 7, 2016,   by Dave Toke

The Dutch Government has awarded a contract to build two 350 MW Borssele offshore windfarms for 87 euros per MWh (£74 per MWh), some 25 per cent cheaper than the current value of the contract for...

Category: Nuclear Power, News on Large Wind

Estimated cost of Hinkley Point C nuclear plant rises to £37bn

July 7, 2016,   by Terry Macalister

Critics said it showed just how volatile and uncertain the project had become, given that the same energy department’s estimate 12 months earlier had been £14bn.

Category: Nuclear Power

Brexit offers chance to finally put an end to the EURATOM treaty

July 5, 2016,   by Hans-Josef Fell

Yet, Brexit does offer a unique opportunity for the European community to put an end to the support of nuclear power. Therefore, the termination of the EURATOM Treaty needs to be put on the EU agenda...

Category: Nuclear Power

Don’t Forget Geothermal: San Luis Obispo County Geothermal Resources

June 22, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

This tells us two things. First, that California has been resting on its laurels since the early 1980s, regarding geothermal. Not much has been done since. Second, it tells us because of California’s...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power, News on Geothermal

Diablo Canyon’s Post Nuclear Future is Blowing in the Wind

June 22, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

The following is post-nuclear vision for Diablo Canyon.[more]

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Don't Blame PG&E, Pal

June 22, 2016,   by David Weisman

3-minute video montage of the seismic history at the troubled Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, put to the 1964 song parody recorded by "The Goodtime Washboard 3" (Bratton-Fagerstrom-Pope).

Category: Nuclear Power

PG&E agrees to close Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant in 2025

June 21, 2016,   by David Sneed

Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant will be shut down in 2025 after its operating licenses expire, owner Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has announced. Here's a look at what will become of the plant,...

Category: Nuclear Power

US media fail to report Watts Bar reactor downtime

June 19, 2016,   by Craig Morris

Weeks after the first new US reactor in decades failed to ramp up for the first time, the Washington Post has run two articles on how important the reactor will be in combating climate change. There...

Category: Nuclear Power

43 years after construction start, Watts Bar 2 nuclear plant shut down after 2 days

June 14, 2016,   by Craig Morris

"The present schedule for constructing the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant is predicated on beginning construction in October 1972. This schedule is extremely tight and failure to begin construction in...

Category: Nuclear Power

French nuclear under pressure – from German renewables?

June 3, 2016,   by Craig Morris

In late May, strikes reduced nuclear power production in France. Yet even more plants were offline a few weeks earlier without any strikes at all. German and European renewable electricity may have...

Category: Nuclear Power

Ontario's misguided love affair with nuclear power

May 30, 2016,   by Jack Gibbons

The Wynne government in Ontario is considering spending more than $300 million to patch up Canada’s oldest nuclear generating station in hopes of keeping it running for another eight years or more.

Category: Nuclear Power

EU debates nuclear

May 23, 2016,   by Craig Morris

If you follow nuclear news, it’s been an exciting week. First, Der Spiegel reported (in German) that the EU aimed to ramp up nuclear “massively,” including with the construction of “flexible...

Category: Nuclear Power

Will Japanese or US Governments end up paying for Moorside nuclear plant?

May 19, 2016,   by Dave Toke

According to spokespersons for the proposed 'NuGen' nuclear development at Moorside in Cumbria either or both the Japanese and American Governments could end up part-paying for the proposed 3.8 GW...

Category: Nuclear Power

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chinese firm part-funding UK nuclear ambitions ploughs billions into solar…in France

December 10, 2015,   by Liam Stoker

Reuters has reported that China Group Nuclear (CGN) will put its investment in Bordeaux-based renewables installer Inovia Concept Development with the aim of installing around 1GW of solar on...

Category: France FIT, Nuclear Power, News on Solar Energy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boell: Why is UK wind power so expensive?

April 29, 2015,   by Craig Morris

In a nutshell, the UK overpays wind power in particular because big utilities with big expectations for returns run the show, whereas new players and communities have largely driven the German wind...

Category: Germany FIT, Great Britain, Nuclear Power

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Renewables International: “Germany cannot get 0.9 percent of its electricity from wind power”

January 7, 2015,   by Craig Morris

An ad in Die Zeit from 22 June 1990 posted by a German nuclear organization shows how greatly wind power was underestimated. And how nuclear never lived up to the dreams of its supporters.

Category: News on Large Wind, Nuclear Power

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Onshore wind much more popular among public than nuclear or shale gas says DECC survey

August 12, 2014,   by Dave Toke

. . . support for onshore wind among the public is 67 per cent, with just 11 per cent opposed. Solar power is the most popular renewable fuel (82 per cent support) with offshore wind a bit ahead of...

Category: News on Large Wind, Nuclear Power

ReNewEconomy: Wind energy to rescue as EDF takes part of UK’s nuclear fleet offline

August 12, 2014,   by Giles Parkinson

According to the FT, National Grid said the closures should not affect the UK’s energy supply. “Demand is low at this time of year, and a lot of wind power is being generated right now,” it said.

Category: Grid Integration, Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

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

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

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

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

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

EPI: Generation Gap: Wind Opens Big Lead over Nuclear in China

March 4, 2014,   by J. Matthew Roney

In China, wind power is leaving nuclear behind. Electricity output from China’s wind farms exceeded that from its nuclear plants for the first time in 2012, by a narrow margin. Then in 2013, wind...

Category: News on Large Wind, Nuclear Power

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

Does Caroline Flint need lessons in arithmetic over nuclear and renewable costs?

February 23, 2014,   by Dave Toke

In a remarkable piece of double-think Caroline Flint, Labour's energy spokesperson, has declared that nuclear power in the shape of Hinkley C is 'cheaper than other forms of renewable energy'. This...

Category: Great Britain, Nuclear Power

Forbes: Why The Economics Don't Favor Nuclear Power In America

February 20, 2014,   by Mark Cooper

The irony in these complaints is that for fifty years the selection of generating capacity has been rigged in favor of nuclear power with socialized accident insurance and waste management costs,...

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

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

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

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 C to be paid more than twice as much as German solar pv arrays

October 27, 2013,   by Dave Toke

Even the German feed-in rates for smaller solar pv arrays have been reduced to well below the contract price being offered to EDF etc in the UK (see link at the bottom of this post). In addition,...

Category: Great Britain, Nuclear Power

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

Report Questions Both Ontario’s Nuclear--and Solar Prices

September 10, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

In a report released today, the Pembina Institute and Greenpeace Canada questions Ontario’s commitment to new and refurbished nuclear plants. The groups say that a mix of conservation and renewables...[more]

Category: Ontario FIT, Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

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

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

Time to Take Over Fukushima Daiichi?

July 31, 2013,   by Christopher Hobson

Considering that the Japanese government has already taken control of much of the company, there is little to stop it from taking the next step and putting the Fukushima plant directly under the NRA.

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

China feed in tariff price for nuclear energy will boost nuclear power in China while still providing globally competitive electricity prices

July 21, 2013,   by Brian Wang

A price of RMB0.43 will be paid for each kilowatt-hour generated by new Chinese nuclear power plants, according to a ruling by the National Development and Reform Commission intended to incentivise...

Category: China FIT, 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

Nuclear Reactor Down with Leak During Serious California Heat Wave

July 1, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), one of California’s major electric utilities, shut down its 1,122 MW Unit #1 at its Diablo Canyon nuclear plant last week just as the state prepared for a serious heat...[more]

Category: Nuclear Power

Guardian: UK's nuclear clean-up programme to cost billions more than expected

June 23, 2013,   by Terry Macalister

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority declines to predict final lifetime clean-up cost amid fears total bill could exceed £100bn

Category: Nuclear Power

Japan Times: Anti-Nuclear stance helps Shizuoka Gov. Kawakatsu win second term

June 17, 2013,  

A key issue in the election was the fate of Chubu Electric Power Co.’s Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant, which was idled after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. Kawakatsu said a referendum should be held on...

Category: Nuclear Power

CBC: NB Power says the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generation Station operated at 43% in May

June 14, 2013,   by Robert Jones

The Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station operated at 43 per cent power in May new figures show, losing millions of dollars for the month and dragging its overall performance numbers to a new low,...

Category: Nuclear Power

Toronto Star: Repairing Pickering nuclear plant is a waste of money

June 14, 2013,   by Jack Gibbons

The last thing we should do right now is lock into expensive and inflexible nuclear mega projects. Instead, we need to focus on transitioning to a dynamic and responsive electricity system that can...

Category: Nuclear Power

Abenomics Needs a Reboot Rather than Nuclear Restarts [in Japan]

June 10, 2013,   by Andrew DeWitt

In the present article, I suggest that Japan cannot restart its nuclear capacity in the time-frame suggested by Professor Schaede. And drawing on recent research by Japanese and American experts, I...

Category: Nuclear Power

Two Steps Forward, One Back: Ontario Cancels Feed-in Tariffs for Large Projects

June 7, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

There’s no sugar-coating what happened last week. Ontario’s Minister of Energy, Bob Chiarelli, used the occasion of the annual conference of the Canadian Solar Energy Industry Association (CanSIA) to...[more]

Category: Ontario FIT, Nuclear Power

Nuclear power hearing two days, vs wind power hearing unlimited

June 6, 2013,   by Dick Hill

There is a two-day public hearing underway on Ontario's Pickering nuclear power plant licence extension. Meanwhile, the public hearing on a proposed wind farm in Prince Edward County has been going...[more]

Category: Nuclear Power, Wind Energy & the Environment

KPCC: SoCal Edison plans to permanently shut down San Onofre nuclear plant

June 5, 2013,   by Ed Joyce

“This is very good news for the people of Southern California,” said Erich Pica, President of Friends of the Earth. “We have long said that these reactors are too dangerous to operate and now Edison...

Category: Nuclear Power

Sydney Morning Herald: Thousands in Tokyo nuclear power rally

June 2, 2013,   by Agence France Presse

Thousands of anti-nuclear demonstrators have rallied in Tokyo as conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe considers restarting reactors. Read more:...

Category: Nuclear Power

OSEA Calls for Ontario to Sanction CANDU Nuclear Reactors

May 25, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

In a hard-hitting letter to all members of Ontario's Provincial Parliament, the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) has called for legislative sanctions against SNC-Lavalin and their CANDU...[more]

Category: Nuclear Power, Ontario FIT

British MPs want to give preference to nuclear over renewables

May 20, 2013,   by Dave Toke

In a report riddled with pro-nuclear fantasy hopes and statements, the Select Committee of MPs which scrutnises the Department of Energy and Climate Change has called upon the Government to give much...

Category: Nuclear Power

Toronto Star: Ontario considering nuclear slowdown, minister says

May 9, 2013,   by John Spears

The Ontario government is thinking about delaying construction of new nuclear units, says energy minister Bob Chiarelli. . .

Category: Nuclear Power

Reuters: Dominion shuts Kewaunee power reactor in Wisconsin

May 7, 2013,   by Scott DiSavino

U.S. power company Dominion Resources Inc shut the 566-megawatt (MW) Kewaunee nuclear power plant in Wisconsin on Tuesday, as planned.

Category: Nuclear Power

Renewables International: Nuclear power – very unpopular

April 29, 2013,   by Craig Morris

Recent surveys in the United States and Germany show that renewables remain very popular – and that an overwhelming majority of people oppose nuclear. At the same time it, surveys show that the...

Category: Nuclear Power

JS Online: Kewaunee nuclear power plant shutdown cost is nearly $1 billion

April 20, 2013,   by Thomas Content

When the Kewaunee Power Station stops generating electricity next month, a new chapter in its life will open - one that could last until the 2070s and cost nearly $1 billion. . .

Category: Nuclear Power

OPA: Bruce Nucldar Power Contract Amendment April 2013

April 3, 2013,  

The Ontario Power Authority has completed a contract amendment to the Bruce Power Refurbishment Implementation Agreement (BPRIA). The amendment secures a cost-effective source of electricity to the...

Category: Nuclear Power, Ontario FIT

British Government admits nuclear power is a dead loss

March 26, 2013,   by Dave Toke

'The size of the nuclear programme will depend on the effectiveness of developers initially being able to build to time and budget, and subsequently being able progressively to reduce costs through...

Category: Nuclear Power

Renewables International: Nuclear – how big is it?

March 26, 2013,   by Craig Morris and Bernard Chabot

Proponents of nuclear often argue that we cannot do without the technology if we are going to lower our carbon emissions from the energy sector. As a new study by French energy expert Bernard Chabot...

Category: Nuclear Power

Renewables International: A comparison of FITs for nuclear vs. renewables

March 18, 2013,   by Bernard Chabot

French energy expert Bernard Chabot provides the hard math behind the calculations of feed-in tariffs for nuclear in the UK and compares them to current FITs for wind (offshore and on) and PV under...

Category: Nuclear Power

Renewables International: The cost of new nuclear--Feed-in tariffs for nuclear power in the UK?

March 15, 2013,   by Craig Morris

In the next few weeks, the future of nuclear in the UK could be decided. French electricity provider EDF is essentially asking for guaranteed prices – feed-in tariffs – for the electricity generated...

Category: Nuclear Power, Great Britain

Guardian: Nuclear reactor operators must be financially liable for disasters

March 11, 2013,   by Antony Froggatt

Maximum liability is £140m in the UK, but Fukushima clean-up and compensation costs are running to tens of billions – and the state is footing the bill . . .

Category: Nuclear Power

IGov: Four Subjectivities of Nuclear Energy

March 11, 2013,   by Caroline Kuzemko

In 1976 nuclear power, specifically the advanced gas cooled reactors, was labelled by the Central Electricity Generating Board as one of the major blunders of British industrial policy. . .

Category: Nuclear Power

British MP's want to give priority to nuclear power over renewables and energy efficiency

March 4, 2013,   by Dave Toke

In an especially brazen piece of pro-nuclear pleading the DECC Select Committee has effectively said that nuclear power should be given cost priority over all green energy options. . .

Category: Nuclear Power

AJC: Vogtle nuclear project to take longer, cost more

February 28, 2013,  

Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion project will take about 19 months longer to complete than originally expected and cost about $740 million more than originally thought, the company said...

Category: Nuclear Power

WNISR: Bulgarian Parliament Votes to Abandon Belene Nuclear Plant

February 27, 2013,  

On 27 February 2013 the Bulgarian Parliament voted by 114 to 40 to permanently abandon the Belene nuclear power plant. The vote was prompted by a referendum on 27 January 2013. . .

Category: Nuclear Power

Renewables face delays as nuclear costs are hidden

February 21, 2013,   by Dave Toke

The debacle over funding nuclear power is increasingly likely to delay the renewable energy programme. . .

Category: Nuclear Power

Guardian: Nuclear power: ministers offer reactor deal until 2050

February 18, 2013,   by Juliette Jowit, political correspondent

The Guardian has learned that ministers, intent on keeping the guaranteed wholesale cost of each unit of energy below the politically crucial figure of £100 per megawatt hour [$0.158/kWh USD], are...

Category: Nuclear Power

Pressure builds on government to deny EDF demands

February 15, 2013,   by Dave Toke

Category: Nuclear Power

Hinkley C [nuclear plant] could cost consumers £50 billion under proposed deal

February 14, 2013,   by David Toke

This 40 year contract length means that consumers will be paying the premium under the 'contract for differences' (CfD) arrangements for more than twice as long compared to what the Government wants...

Category: Nuclear Power

Reuters: Finland's Olkiluoto 3 reactor seen delayed to 2016

February 11, 2013,  

Commercial production at Finnish nuclear reactor Olkiluoto 3 is likely to be delayed to 2016, utility Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) said, sparking a new round of accusations between TVO and the builder,...

Category: Nuclear Power

The Mind-Boggling Cost of a Theoretical French Nuclear Accident

February 7, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

The report’s concluding remarks should send chills down the spines of politicians, industry, and policymakers on both sides of France’s political divide. Those in positions of authority, say the...[more]

Category: Nuclear Power

Renewables International: EDF demands profit guarantee for new nuclear in UK

February 7, 2013,   by Craig Morris

Category: Nuclear Power

Bloomberg: Japan Atomic Safety Rules May Keep Reactors Closed for Years

January 31, 2013,   by Tsuyoshi Inajima & Yuji Okada

Category: Nuclear Power

BOS: Nuclear power and the French energy transition: It’s the economics, stupid!

January 18, 2013,   by Mycle Schneider

France is at an energy crossroads. To meet future electricity needs, the country could extend the operating lives of nuclear power plants beyond 40 years, accepting the safety challenges and costs of...

Category: Nuclear Power

Renewables International: A lot of common ground despite criticism

January 16, 2013,   by Craig Morris

Germany likes to sell itself as a leader in environmental protection, but not everyone is convinced. In particular, the Anglo world remains devoted to nuclear power and criticizes Germany for not...

Category: Nuclear Power, Grid Integration, Renewable Energy

NBR: Japan's Energy Supply Mix and the Economic Impact

January 7, 2013,  

Since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear incident in March 2011, there has been an active debate on the future of Japan’s nuclear energy program. The feed-in tariff (FIT) law took effect in July 2012. [1]...

Category: Nuclear Power, Japan FIT

Dave Toke: British increase in coal generation is much bigger than Germany's

January 4, 2013,   by David Toke

The latest energy statistics suggests that Germany is doing much better in restraining coal used to generate electricity compared to the UK. Yet, to read the British press you would automatically...

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

The Local: Nuclear power will 'never return' to Germany

January 4, 2013,  

German Environment Minister Peter Altmaier said on Friday his country would never return to nuclear energy, hitting back at a top EU official who doubted Berlin's commitment to phase out nuclear...

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

Bloomberg: Toshiba in Talks to Sell Up to 36% Stake in Westinghouse

December 28, 2012,  

Toshiba Corp. (6502), the Japanese builder of nuclear reactors, is in talks to sell as much as 36 percent of its Westinghouse Electric atomic-power unit as industry growth slows after last year’s...

Category: Nuclear Power

Schleswig-Holstein Will Double Wind Capacity on Land

December 27, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Nearly 2% of Land Area Set Aside for Wind Energy Not 100%, Not 200%, But 300% Renewable Energy by 2020 Says Government   The German state of Schleswig-Holstein recently approved doubling the land...[more]

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

Common Dreams: TEPCO Can't Keep Up with Costs of Its Nuclear Disaster at Fukushima

December 27, 2012,  

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), the operator of the now infamous Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan admitted Thursday that it does not have enough funds make payments related to the disaster...

Category: Nuclear Power

Lenz Blog: BDEW Estimates on German Electricity Generation in 2012

December 19, 2012,   by K. Lenz

BDEW says that renewable energy has now a share of 23%, which would mean around 136 TWh generated over the year, assuming with BDEW a 594 TWh electricity consumption. Solar is up the most, to 28.5...

Category: Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Chris Nelder: Coming soon 100% renewable power

December 12, 2012,  

One day in the not-too-distant future — probably sooner than many expect — some parts of the world will have power grids that are completely powered by renewables. Eventually, the entire world could...

Category: News on Solar Energy, Nuclear Power

French Reactor Cost Rises Dramatically--Calls into Question the Future of Nuclear

December 4, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Liberation reports that for the second time in a little more than a year the cost of a new reactor under construction at Flamanville, France has risen dramatically. . .[more]

Category: Nuclear Power

Reuters: France's love affair with nuclear cools

November 29, 2012,  

For decades, the elite engineers turned out by Paris's grand Corps des Mines academy were faithful followers of the pro-atomic creed that transformed their country into the most nuclear-reliant...

Category: Nuclear Power

Nuclear is Not Cheaper and is Less Reliable

November 15, 2012,  

he Windsor Star reported that all of Canada's nuclear reactors are supplying the grid. I find it interesting that it is considered newsworthy that the reactors are actually operating, reportedly for...

Category: Nuclear Power

Le Monde: Le coût de l'accident nucléaire de Fukushima pourrait doubler

November 7, 2012,  

The cost of the Fukishima nuclear accident could double. . .

Category: Japan FIT, Nuclear Power

Kyodo: Nuke industry funded Japan's safety experts

November 4, 2012,  

Four of the six members on a government panel drafting new nuclear safety regulations each received between ¥3 million and over ¥27 million in payments, donations and grants from entities in the...

Category: Nuclear Power

EIA: Extended outages at several nuclear plants led to high outage levels in 2012

November 2, 2012,  

Outages at U.S. nuclear power plants so far in 2012 are generally higher than in recent years because of extended forced outages at four nuclear power plants. U.S. nuclear reactor operators typically...

Category: Nuclear Power

Diagnosing Ontario's Christmas Pony Syndrome

November 2, 2012,   by Paul McKay

Prolific Canadian author and award-winning investigative reporter, McKay takes on why Ontario's political class so fervently believes in the fairy tales about nuclear power . . .

Category: Nuclear Power

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: The German nuclear exit: Introduction

November 1, 2012,  

The German decision to pursue a nuclear-free future was, however, anything but precipitous or unmindful of climate change. Because of a combination of historical and political factors, Germany has in...

Category: Nuclear Power, Germany FIT

Is the Unthinkable Possible: Feed-in Tariffs for Coal and Nuclear?

October 29, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Conservative State of Indiana First Out of the Gate with Coal Gas Tariff--British Nuclear Tariffs Expected Shortly . . .[more]

Category: Great Britain, Indiana FIT, Nuclear Power, Fossil Fuels

Common Dreams: Frankenstorms and the Fukushima Factor

October 29, 2012,   by Gar Smith

Nuclear reactors are barely mentioned when disaster preparedness agencies begin issuing storm warnings. This is a mistake. In the past, floods, storms, lightening strikes and earthquakes have...

Category: Nuclear Power

Independent: Tough choices on nuclear power

October 17, 2012,  

Britain's energy policy is in trouble. Plans to have five more nuclear plants running by 2025 look like missing their targets without significant foreign investment, part of which, until recently, it...

Category: Nuclear Power

Reuters: Europe Power-French spot up on record nuclear outages

October 17, 2012,  

French electricity spot prices rose on Wednesday, decoupling from lower German prompt prices, boosted by a sharp decline in French nuclear power capacity caused by a series of unplanned outages,...

Category: Nuclear Power, Grid Integration

Liberation: Fukushima--Tepco admet avoir minimisé le risque de tsunami

October 12, 2012,  

La compagnie d'électricité japonaise Tepco, qui gère la centrale nucléaire de Fukushima, a admis pour la première fois vendredi qu’elle avait minimisé le risque de tsunami de peur d’une fermeture...

Category: Nuclear Power

Bloomberg: Japan utility agrees nuclear crisis was avoidable

October 12, 2012,  

The utility behind Japan's nuclear disaster acknowledged for the first time Friday that it could have avoided the crisis. . .

Category: Nuclear Power

AP: Activists hide out at Swedish nuclear sites

October 10, 2012,  

She said some activists cycled into the fenced-off outer perimeter of one of the plants, and that recent European Union stress tests on nuclear facilities should have paid more attention to whether...

Category: Nuclear Power

Paul Gipe Answers WNET's Need To Know Questions about Renewable Energy

October 5, 2012,  

WNET: We want to ask you some questions about alternative energy. Gipe. Whoa. Stop right there. "Alternative energy?" Wind, solar, and biomass haven't been called "alternative energy" for three...[more]

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

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