Author Archive | Gail Marcus

Natual Gas Projections:

Revisiting Conventional Wisdom Just when you think you have a good handle on the facts, along comes a study that casts doubt on some of the “conventional wisdom.” At least, that was my reaction when I read a summary of two recent reports on natural gas projections.  Among the “blockbuster” findings were the following: Fracking […]

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Sailboats and Nuclear Power:

Some Unexpected Parallels I haven’t blogged in a few weeks, in part because, this past month, we took our first long cruise on our Silvergirl.  And while I returned to a world with lots of new news about nuclear power, before I turn to current events, I can’t help but try to process what I […]

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Energy Subsidies:

What is Fair? In the past few weeks, I have been seeing a variety of articles on the issue of subsidies for energy sources.  The first one I saw was a call for the end of subsidies for nuclear power plant operation.  This article particularly criticized the recent initiatives by several states to provide support […]

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Deregulation and Nuclear Safety:

Understanding the Connection In the last few years, the deregulation of the electricity markets in the U.S. has proven to have a major impact on utilities and on the nuclear power plants they operate.  It is interesting to look back to the early years of the 21st century, when widespread deregulation of the U.S. electricity […]

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Good Nuclear News:

Positive Moves in Several Countries In the last couple of weeks, I’ve seen news items from several countries that appear to be good signs for nuclear power.  Unfortunately, these news items seem to have been drowned out by other news, and, as a result, they have not gotten the visibility and recognition they deserve, either […]

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Fusion in 30?:

What the “Breakthrough” Means It was interesting, in more ways than one, to read some of the coverage of the recent news from the fusion research community.  The National Ignition Facility (NIF) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California announced in the journal Nature that they had used lasers to compress a pellet […]

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Nuclear Power and Earthquakes:

A Contribution to the Dialogue When I studied nuclear engineering in grad school, I thought that nuclear power was an intersection between different science and engineering disciplines–nuclear, mechanical, chemical, electrical, systems, etc. At the time, that scope seemed plenty broad to me.  Little did I realize that, over the years, I would find my work […]

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Good News from Europe:

Reasoned Approaches to Energy Policy Two optimistic pieces of news regarding energy policy emerged from Europe in the last week or so.  One of them was a European Union decision that scrapped binding renewable energy targets for the future.  The other was a report that the Swiss public recognizes the contribution nuclear power makes to […]

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Acronym Mania:

Of PESTs and STEEPLEs Several yars ago, I did a blogpost on NIMBY and other related acronyms. I was actually surprised I found as many as I did, and I never expected to find enough new terms to do another post on acronyms again. Then, I started discovering that there were whole new worlds of […]

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Knowledge Management:

An Ongoing Problem  A few years ago, I did a lot of work on “nuclear knowledge management,” or NKM.  There are a lot of definitions of what NKM includes, but my first brush with knowledge management came when, as a Department of Energy manager, I was visited by researchers from the national laboratories.  They told […]

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