Archive for the ‘Nuclear’ Category

UK nuclear dump ‘virtually certain’ to be eroded by rising sea levels.

April 20, 2014 Climate, Nuclear

Guardian: “Britain’s nuclear dump is virtually certain to be eroded by rising sea levels and to contaminate the Cumbrian coast with large amounts of radioactive waste, according to an internal document released by theEnvironment Agency (EA).”

“UN urges huge increase in green energy to avert climate disaster.”

April 13, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Finance, Gas, Nuclear, Oil

Guardian: “Mitigation of Climate Change, by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a panel of 200 scientists, will make it clear that by far the most realistic option for the future is to triple or even quadruple the use of renewable power plants.” (more…)

Nafeez Ahmed reviews Energy of Nations, Part 2: “Could he be right?”

April 9, 2014 Change for Good, Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Commentaries, Finance, Gas, Nuclear, Oil

Nafeez Ahmed in the Guardian: “In The Energy of Nations: Risk Blindness and the Road to Renaissance, Dr Jeremy Leggett – a former oil geologist and government adviser on renewable energy – warns of the risk of an imminent global oil crash as early as next year, and no later than 2020. In my first post on Leggett’s new book, I focused on his analysis of our “risk blindness.” But despite his trenchant and uncompromising stance on the potentially catastrophic consequences of business as usual, Leggett is no doomer.”

“Britain is paying dearly for neglecting its nuclear waste”: Economist.

April 5, 2014 Nuclear

Economist: “Swillingaround murky ponds in the oldest part of Sellafield, a nuclear research and reprocessing centre in Cumbria, is a soupy, radioactive sludge. For years boffins working on Britain’s first military and civil nuclear programmes abandoned spent fuel and other nastiness into the pools and tanks, which now grow decrepit.” (more…)

Olkiluoto third reactor now the most expensive building in the world.

April 2, 2014 Nuclear

Hilsinginger sanomat: “Originally a third nuclear reactor at Olkiluoto was supposed to pay about € 3 billion , but the construction of the final price is expected to rise to 8.5 billion . At this price the Olkiluoto is more expensive than any skyscraper or a luxury casino.” (more…)

Ofgem to launch full investigation into Big 6, possibly leading to breakup.

March 27, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal, Gas, Nuclear

Guardian: “Britain has been warned that it faces an energy investment freeze and a heightened risk of blackouts after the industry watchdog called for the deepest ever investigation into the big six power suppliers.”

The vulnerable US grid: how a little dispersed generation would help a lot.

March 24, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal, Gas, Nuclear “….the human race has been reminded again and again that big things have their vulnerable points. The U.S. power grid, sometimes called the world’s largest machine, is no exception.”

EDF failed to disclose flooding risk caused Dungeness shutdown.

March 19, 2014 Nuclear

Guardian: “EDF has failed to be open and transparent by shutting down its Dungeness plant in Kent for two months without properly informing people, environmentalists have said.”

China cuts time for researchers to develop thorium reactor to 10 years.

March 19, 2014 Nuclear

Guardian: “….In an effort to reduce the number of coal-fired plants, the Chinese government has brought forward by 15 years the deadline to develop a nuclear power plant using the radioactive element thorium instead of uranium.”

How does an aging workforce build an electric power plant? Er, I forget.

March 18, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal, Gas, Nuclear

Mass-marketing e-mail: “Participants at this 2nd Utility Aging Workforce Conference will become familiar with the utility and energy industries challenges and trends concerning the aging workforce, effective knowledge transfer, and retirement impacts. Over one-half (50%) of utility workers will be eligible to retire in the next 6-8 years.” (more…)

“The energy transition tipping point is here, and there is no going back.”

March 12, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal, Finance, Gas, Nuclear, Oil

Chris Nelder on SmartPlanet: “I have waited a long time—decades, really—for a tipping point in the energy transition from fossil fuels to renewables beyond which there can be no turning back. Fresh evidence pertaining to many themes I have explored in this column over the past three years suggests that tipping point is finally here.”

100% renewable energy ambassadors appeal on Fukushima anniversary

March 11, 2014 Clean Energy, Commentaries, Nuclear

World Wind Energy Association: “Three years after the Fukushima/Daiichi nuclear disaster, the Global100RE Ambassadors are highlighting the need to refrain from using hazardous nuclear and fossil energy sources and instead shift towards 100% renewable energy.”

“This Is What the Utility Death Spiral Looks Like.”

March 4, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal, Gas, Nuclear

Stephen Lacey in Greentech media: “The German mega-utility RWE provided another dismal reminder today of the painful transition European power companies are undergoing.”

Finnish nuclear plant delayed again as Areva & TVO go legal.

February 28, 2014 Nuclear

Reuters: “TVO, Areva cannot give estimated completion date. Media cites sources that now delayed until at least 2018. Areva blasts influence of lawyers, Finnish regulation. TVO says Areva could do more to speed up work.”

UK factories shut down at some peak times to avoid high power costs.

February 18, 2014 Coal, Gas, Nuclear

FT: “Cripplingly high power costs are forcing some of Britain’s heavy manufacturers to shut down their entire operation at peak times, with furnaces cooling and workers shivering in cold, darkened offices.”

EU utilities under pressure to change business models.

February 14, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal, Gas, Nuclear

FT: “Faced with a grim present and an even grimmer future, Europe’s utilities are being forced to reinvent themselves – and adapt to a technological revolution in home energy services.”

Big 6 UK energy companies: 5.5m complain in 2013, 800k quit.

February 14, 2014 Coal, Gas, Nuclear

Guardian: “….consumer group Which? revealed there had been 5.5 million complaints against the “big six” – EDF, Centrica, E.ON, npower, Scottish Power and SSE – last year…. More than 800,000 customers are believed to have switched away from “big six” suppliers in just over a year.”

Davey to Ofgem: consider breaking up Big 6.

February 9, 2014 Coal, Gas, Nuclear

FT: “The energy secretary Ed Davey has written to regulators criticising British Gas’s dominance of the energy market and suggesting it might have to be broken up.”

Renewables to replace fossil fuels? “Certain”, argues Jeremy Grantham.

February 6, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Finance, Gas, Nuclear, Oil
Jeremy Grantham of GMO: “In an earlier report, “The Race of Our Lives1 I finished on the unusually optimistic point (for me) that a combination of declining fertility and eventual declining population combined with unexpectedly strong progress in renewable energy might just save our modern civilization from a slow and, no doubt, irregular descent into dystopia.”

“E.ON runs down power stations despite blackout warning.”

January 22, 2014 Coal, Gas, Nuclear

Guardian: “E.ON is to shut one gas-fired power station and expects to reduce output at three others despite continued warnings from the National Grid and others that Britain faces a capacity crunch and potential blackouts.”