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Posted by kristopher in Environment/Energy
Wed Nov 30th 2011, 07:44 PM
Gov't panel to discuss whether to decommission Genkai No. 1 nuclear reactor The government's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) decided on Nov. 29 to set up a subcommittee to discuss whether to review its safety assessments of the No. 1 reactor at the Genkai Nuclear Power Plant in Saga Prefecture in what could be a step toward decommissioning the aging reactor. NISA, an arm of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, made the decision after some experts said at its hearing on mea...
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Posted by kristopher in Environment/Energy
Wed Nov 30th 2011, 07:12 PM
Hokkaido governor admits gov't attempt to manipulate opinion on 'pluthermal' plan SAPPORO -- Hokkaido Gov. Harumi Takahashi has admitted the prefectural government's involvement in Hokkaido Electric Power Co.'s alleged attempt to manipulate public opinion on a "pluthermal" plan at its nuclear plant. Takahashi told a prefectural assembly session on Nov. 29 that she has "decided to accept" a third party fact-finding panel's report, which concludes that an official who headed the prefectural gove...
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Posted by kristopher in Latest Breaking News
Wed Nov 30th 2011, 11:58 AM
Source: Mainichi Daily News NIIGATA Japan -- Mystery was mixed with tragedy here on Nov. 29 with the discovery of a couple who had hanged themselves as well as a can holding radioactive materials in the husband's car. The wife and husband, both in their 60s, were found hanged to death by a passer-by in a local forest at around 9:30 a.m. Police found what appears to be a will in the husband's car, along with a large can containing sand and seven small bottles of the radioactive element thorium...
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Posted by kristopher in Environment/Energy
Wed Nov 30th 2011, 11:00 AM
Fukushima Pref. to decommission all 10 local nuke reactors The Fukushima Prefectural Government has decided to decommission all 10 reactors in its jurisdiction, including those at the Fukushima No. 2 nuclear plant, in conjunction with its disaster recovery project, it has been learned. A vision for restoration created by the prefectural government in August promoted the formation of a "society not relying on nuclear power," but made no actual reference to decommissioning reactors. Fukushima Go...
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Posted by kristopher in Environment/Energy
Tue Nov 29th 2011, 12:41 PM
But that is a favorite claim by you and others towards those that reject nuclear power and you have aimed it specifically at me any number of times, so let's not pretend otherwise, ok? But leaving that aside I'd like to see a response to the challenges I gave you. The fossil fuel and nuclear industries have spent a great deal of time and money to promote the idea that renewables can't work, or that the only way they can work is when each point of generation has its own "coupled" storage capabil...
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Posted by kristopher in Environment/Energy
Tue Nov 29th 2011, 09:52 AM
In your rush to try and paint me in a negative light I guess you didn't bother to actually read what was written. Feel free to explain how the economics of storage work as you claim. Or since you seem to have a great deal of trouble actually dealing with the more abstract side of reality and such an explanation would require abstract reasoning, why not show how "coupling" wind and storage is a workable business model that someone is pursuing? 225 GW is a lot of wind turbines, surely everyone i...
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Posted by kristopher in Environment/Energy
Tue Nov 29th 2011, 02:44 AM
The wind farm can only sell power when it is producing power. The storage facility is another capital investment that has its own set of economics behind how it gets financed. To operate the storage facility needs to buy power. You've seen in the OP and in my post #4 how wind is sold. Can you guarantee that 100% of the time the wind turbine will be the cheapest input power into the storage facility? How do you do that when wind, on the spot price auction, gets bought every time and receives a...
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Posted by kristopher in Environment/Energy
Mon Nov 28th 2011, 10:29 PM
From a presentation by John Holdren. The nuclear option: size of the challenges If world electricity demand grows 2% /year until 2050 and nuclear share of electricity supply is to rise from 1/6 to 1/3 nuclear capacity would have to grow from 350 GWe in 2000 to 1700 GWe in 2050; this means 1,700 reactors of 1,000 MWe each. If these were light-water reactors on the once-through fuel cycle enrichment of their fuel will require ~250 million Separative Work Units (SWU); A diversion of 0.1% of...
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Posted by kristopher in Environment/Energy
Mon Nov 28th 2011, 11:25 AM
Flasbarth directly confronts the issues alleged by the nuclear indsutry related to Germany's decision to build a 100% renewable energy system and comes back at them with some thoughts of his own. This is well worth reading in full. UK's faith in nuclear power threatens renewables, says German energy expert Jochen Flasbarth, who is advising German government on its nuclear phase-out, says UK's wind and solar industry will suffer Hanna Gersmann guardian.co.uk, Monday 28 November 2011 05.04 EST ...
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Posted by kristopher in Environment/Energy
Mon Nov 28th 2011, 07:11 AM
Towns avoid govt help on decontamination Keigo Sakai and Tomoko Numajiri / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writers MAEBASHI--Municipalities contaminated with radiation as a result of the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant are concerned that the central government's plan to designate municipalities for which it will shoulder the cost of decontamination will stigmatize those communities, according to a Yomiuri Shimbun survey. As early as mid-December, the government plans to begin designa...
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Posted by kristopher in Environment/Energy
Mon Nov 28th 2011, 06:33 AM
"Stealth Blades" Get Turbines Under the Radar By Alasdair Cameron, Contributor November 23, 2011 New technologies are poised to overcome the radar interference concerns that continue to block gigawatts of wind turbine installations. LONDON -- After many years of research, the search to produce a 'stealth turbine' with low radar reflectivity is now bearing fruit in technical developments that could achieve stealth technology or make it easier to screen out interference from turbines. ...
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Posted by kristopher in Environment/Energy
Mon Nov 28th 2011, 06:15 AM
BRAZIL -- It's one of those stories everyone's talking about, at least in Brazil's wind energy space. And it should come as no surprise. Under its newly launched energy expansion plan, the government intends to boost installed wind power generation capacity to 11.5 GW by 2020 from a mere 1.5 GW now, bringing new and exciting investment opportunities for developers and entrepreneurs. ...According to Baitelo, the expansion is so aggressive that wind farms could very well overtake natural gas the...
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Posted by kristopher in Environment/Energy
Sun Nov 27th 2011, 11:18 PM
Solar For the 99%? Two Thirds of California Solar Installs Are in Median-Income Zip Codes By Stephen Lacey, Climate Progress November 18, 2011 Think solar is only for the 1%? Not so fast. New data from California shows that two thirds of solar PV installations from 2009 to 2011 were in zip codes with median household incomes between $40,000 and $84,000, according to analysis from PV Solar Report and SunRun. Solar PV is often criticized as an “eco-chic” technology only available for th...
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Posted by kristopher in Environment/Energy
Sun Nov 27th 2011, 11:08 PM
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Posted by kristopher in Environment/Energy
Sun Nov 27th 2011, 11:02 PM
DSIRE announces free widget for up-to-date incentive information By DSIRE Staff | November 20, 2011 Raleigh, NC The DSIRE project staff announces a new, free java-based widget that makes any website an easy-access point to tailored results from the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE). This new resource was developed by the the U.S. Department of Energy the National Renewable Energy Lab, and the DSIRE project staff. Since 1995, DSIRE has served as the go-...
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Posted by kristopher in Environment/Energy
Sun Nov 27th 2011, 10:15 PM
The UK government has been giving secret support at the very highest levels to Canada's campaign against European penalties on its highly polluting tar sands fuel, the Guardian can reveal. At the same time, the UK government was being lobbied by Shell and BP, which both have major tar sands projects in Alberta, and opened a new consulate in the province to "support British commercial interests". At least 15 high-level meetings and frequent communications have taken place since September, with ...
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Posted by kristopher in Environment/Energy
Sun Nov 27th 2011, 09:53 PM
Mounted police ride over anti-nuclear activists in Germany German police cleared a sit-in of thousands of protesters attempting to block a shipment of nuclear waste and temporarily detained 1,300 people Sunday, officials said. Hundreds of officers started evicting protesters from the rail lines near Dannenberg in the north of the country in the morning, police spokesman Stefan Kuehm-Stoltz said. Those who refused to leave were detained on site for several hours, but all were eventually releas...
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Posted by kristopher in Environment/Energy
Sun Nov 27th 2011, 09:42 PM
Who to believe, the nuclear fan club whose fondest wish it to bi=uild thousands of reactors no matter the consequences, or the academic researcher in the affected environment? The researchers estimated the level for cesium-137 at 29.1 billion becquerels a day and that for cesium-134 at 23.4 billion becquerels a day--both at the mouth of the river. More than 90 percent of the cesium was contained in small particles, including waterborne clay and other fine-grained soil, while the rest had diss...
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Posted by kristopher in Environment/Energy
Sun Nov 27th 2011, 06:44 PM
...The focus would need to shift to regions, countries, organisations, groups such as the Large Cities Climate Leadership Group, known as the C-40 cities, and individuals. In the absence of an agreement to reduce CO˛ emissions, individual commitments from organisations, companies and people also become more important. Looking close to home at just one example, power and automation technologies company ABB, as a global group active in more than 100 countries, has committed to cutting its own emi...
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Posted by kristopher in Environment/Energy
Sat Nov 26th 2011, 09:12 PM
Cesium levels hit tens of billions of becquerels at river mouth November 25, 2011 By EISUKE SASAKI/ Staff Writer Researchers have sounded the alarm over river water containing cesium levels at tens of billions of becquerels a day flowing into the sea near Fukushima Prefecture, site of the crippled nuclear power plant. A joint study by Kyoto University and the University of Tsukuba, among other entities, estimated that water at the mouth of the Abukumagawa river running through the prefecture ...
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Posted by kristopher in Environment/Energy
Sat Nov 26th 2011, 09:10 PM
Either your fossil fuel use shoots up and the issue of energy security is thrust into the center of your daily life or you live in constant fear of another such catastrophe and hope the wind saves you by blowing in the other direction... Japan's nuclear power to fall to 18.5% of capacity as Takahama closes Tokyo (Platts)--25Nov2011/528 am EST/1028 GMT Only 10 nuclear reactors with a combined power generation capacity of 9.038 GW will be operating in Japan Saturday, represents just 18.5% of th...
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Posted by kristopher in Environment/Energy
Sat Nov 26th 2011, 06:08 PM
"A new reactor at Calvert Cliffs, for example, must carry a total of only about $450 million ...in liability coverage for off-site damages under the Price-Anderson Act. ...In contrast ... Constellation Energy’s insurance coverage for damage to its own property and interruption of service is more than 14 times as high, at more than $6 billion." 6.1.4. Availability of Related Insurance Products Is Already Greater than the Supposed Maximums for Third-Party Damages As noted above, primary insur...
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Posted by kristopher in Environment/Energy
Sat Nov 26th 2011, 06:02 PM
"A new reactor at Calvert Cliffs, for example, must carry a total of only about $450 million ...in liability coverage for off-site damages under the Price-Anderson Act. ...In contrast ... Constellation Energy’s insurance coverage for damage to its own property and interruption of service is more than 14 times as high, at more than $6 billion." 6.1.4. Availability of Related Insurance Products Is Already Greater than the Supposed Maximums for Third-Party Damages As noted above, primary insur...
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Posted by kristopher in Environment/Energy
Sat Nov 26th 2011, 05:39 PM
Assumptions: Stable gasoline price of $4/gal 22 MPG Miles/year 15,000 15000/22= 682 Gal/yr 682 X $4 =$2728 National Renewable Energy Labs uses 30 year lifespan for solar panels, but they stipulate that 40+ is more likely Not counting the certain increase in the price of gasoline above $4, in ten years you've avoided 27,280 twenty years $54,560 thirty years $81,840 forty years $110,120 And even though you make it clear that CO2 isn't a primary concern for you, others might be interested in t...
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Posted by kristopher in Environment/Energy
Sat Nov 26th 2011, 08:24 AM
TEPCO denies responsibility for hot spring customer loss after March 11 IBARAKI -- The first oral proceedings of a lawsuit filed by a hot spring facility here that seeks compensation from Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) for a drastic drop in customers since March 11 ended on Nov. 24 with TEPCO denying any responsibility for the situation. "The reason why customers have declined since March 11 is because of damage the facility suffered in the earthquake and tsunami. It is not related to the cr...
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Posted by kristopher in Environment/Energy
Sat Nov 26th 2011, 08:14 AM
And the consequences are starting to make themselves felt. The train carrying waste from a French reprocessing facility to a storage area in Germany had to make through protests all along the way on both sides of the border. French president clings to nuclear energy despite post-Fukushima fears, waste protests (Image) (Image) PIERRELATTE, France — French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Friday it would be madness to reduce his country’s huge reliance on nuclear power, despite worldwide warine...
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Posted by kristopher in Environment/Energy
Fri Nov 25th 2011, 02:12 PM
Nuclear power 'gets little public support worldwide' There was large support for renewables and for making energy supplies more efficient By Richard Black Environment correspondent, BBC News ...Most believe that boosting efficiency and renewables can meet their needs. Just 22% agreed that "nuclear power is relatively safe and an important source of electricity, and we should build more nuclear power plants". In contrast, 71% thought their country "could almost entirely replace coal and nucle...
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Posted by kristopher in Environment/Energy
Fri Nov 25th 2011, 09:20 AM
That sounds like another link in the nuclear circle-jerk of hope. Nuclear energy has 4 major problems associated with it and its low level of support among the public reflects an awareness of these problems - high costs, safety, waste and proliferation. In order to create a positive image in the public mind they tout a given technology, but only until one of the fatal flaws is brought forward. The response then is to trot out some jargon to make it sound as if a different miracle tech that i...
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Posted by kristopher in Latest Breaking News
Thu Nov 24th 2011, 04:49 PM
What is left over for property and casualty damage offsite is virtually nothing. A simple evaluation of coverage per person, should an accident occur at a reactor located close to a population center, helps to illustrate this point. Table 21 uses as an example a reactor at Calvert Cliffs, located near Washington, DC, and Baltimore, MD. Available coverage, including pooled premiums from all other reactors (as stipulated under Price-Anderson), barely tops $1,100 per person in the Baltimore/Washin...
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Posted by kristopher in Latest Breaking News
Thu Nov 24th 2011, 03:03 PM
Source: INN LONDON: Public opinion in many countries with nuclear power programmes has become more opposed to the technology since 2005, with most people believing conservation and renewable energy can meet future needs without nuclear power, a new multi-country poll for the BBC indicates. Most of those polled in countries with operational nuclear plants are opposed to building new reactors, saying either that their country should “use the nuclear power stations we already have, but not buil...
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