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New York Loses Carbon-free Power

It happened this past weekend – New York’s request to eliminate a carbon-free power source came true. Smart? I don’t think so. Here’s the story. The Indian Point Energy Center, a nuclear facility, stopped producing power when…

Replace Coal with Nuclear?

Coal has been a mainstay of US power generation. Those days are quickly ending. Something must take its place. How about nuclear energy? Maybe we can learn from two other nations. Poland and Hungary think nuclear is an answer to coal and are…

Energy Consumer Weekend: New Nuclear Edition

A friend of mine from a medium-sized Illinois town was visiting Anchorage, Alaska. Walking a downtown sidewalk, he was enjoying his time away. Just down the street a car briefly beeped its horn. He turned, thinking, “I wonder who it is?” It…

Something to Think About - UAE Nuclear Plant Starts Up

“The UAE, OPEC's third-largest oil producer, started producing nuclear energy from a 1.4 GW nuclear reactor, becoming the first country in the Gulf to use such a source for power generation.” (Source) Pretty big news for an oil-rich country.…

Quick Take – Final Module Set on Georgia Nuclear Plant

Southern Company announced another milestone for it nuclear plant construction. “The final module for Georgia Power's Vogtle Unit 3, a massive water tank, has been placed atop the containment vessel and shield building roof at the company's…

What is Ahead for Nuclear?

Nuclear power has played a big part in Carolina energy. Both Carolinas get significant power from nuclear energy: About a third for NC and about half for SC. One of the people who has been involved in the industry in the Carolinas is Steve…

Quick Take - Clean Energy to 2053, in Florida

Carbon-free energy had a “first” last week. A nuclear plant in Florida received the approval for a 20 year license extension. It is the first extension like this granted. (Source) The Turkey Point Plant is near the southern tip of Florida…

Duke Energy to Re-license Nuclear Plants

Some nuclear plants in the Carolinas will apply for second license extensions as one part of an overall strategy to lower carbon emissions. Duke Energy’s new release: “'Our nuclear power plants have safely and reliably provided electricity…

QUICK TAKE - Carolina Carbon-free Nuclear Energy is a Benchmark

Carolinians have an advantage in carbon-free power. One country wants to approach the enviable spot Carolinians enjoy. The power source: Nuclear. Who wants more: Japan. Really, Japan, where in 2011 an earthquake and tsunami caused so…

Nuclear Energy and the Future

Nuclear power should be part of our carbon-free energy future. Construction problems and delays should not define nuclear energy’s science or its potential to meet important climate challenges. Existing nuclear plants are a low-cost…