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The Hiroshima Syndrome - Leslie Corrice
Earthquake Phobia Threatens Japan's Electrical Infrastructure
Meredith Angwin submits two posts this week; one at her own Yes Vermont Yankee site, and one at the ANS Nuclear Cafe.
ANS: Mind the gap - Vermont's energy supply
There's a 30% gap in Vermont's "committed resources" for electricity because Vermont utilities no longer have contracts with Vermont Yankee. Angwin looks at the probable future price of gas and electricity. She concludes that it would be better for the ratepayers if that gap were still filled by Vermont Yankee.
YVY: Federal Court Dismisses Vermont Yankee tax case
At Yes Vermont Yankee, Meredith Angwin notes that a federal judge dismissed Vermont Yankee's lawsuit which objected to a sudden change in their generation tax, moving the tax from five million to thirteen million over the course of one year. Angwin includes quotes from a key legislator, who says that the legislature wants to shut down Vermont Yankee, but the tax rise is not intended to inhibit Vermont Yankee operations.
Next Big Future - Brian Wang
Updated list of new Nuclear reactors expected to start operation from 2013 through 2017
All 20 Canadian nuclear reactors are in operation.
Paul Bowersox submits the following on behalf of the ANS Nuclear Cafe:
Update on Nuclear Waste Confidence Court Ruling
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission will not issue new nuclear plant licenses or life extensions until it addresses issues raised by a federal appeals court concerning long-term spent nuclear fuel storage. Jim Hopf at the ANS Nuclear Cafe brings an update and perspective on the impact of the NRC licensing suspension.
I submit my own piece this week which appeared at the ANS Nuclear Cafe:
MTR - Gone now, but not forgotten
Will Davis viewed an INL video this week that raised his attention part way through; the decommissioning of the MTR was the subject of that short clip. At ANS Nuclear Cafe, he presents much more video of the decom process as well as historic illustrations and details.
Atomic Insights- Rod Adams
Why do nuclear energy developers ask for predictable market prices?
The competitive problem is that “the market” generally favors sprinters when the real economy would do better if the energy market was set up to favor ultra marathoners who could keep steadily moving forward long after the sprinters have given up and faded out of the race. Because of the focus on short term profits and daily market swings, investors often make decisions based on rapid capital movements.
In the energy business, a short-term market construct favors fuels like natural gas that can be used in cheap machines, especially when the fuels are sold by very large entities with at least one related and highly profitable product, like crude oil. Those entities can afford to establish low market prices that last just long enough to drive out the competition. Price wars have served the petroleum industry well for more than a century; they remain an effective tool for the dominant market players.
Nuke Power Talk - Gail Marcus
Good news in the Nuclear Energy Industry