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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An exceptionally heavy workload and travel schedule have conspired to prevent me from writing this week and next. I expect to post again on Sunday, July 2.
$32/MW-Hour This is the most likely multi-generational cost of electricity from Site C. That should be compared to the $68/MW-Hour paid for Private Power Purchases that BC Hydro was forced to negotiate with for-profit companies. For a full discussion of how this number was calculated see my previous post on LCOE for hydro projects. 70 […]
Just when you thought Trump and his administration lackeys/weasels/fools could not be any more ignorant and despicable – they surpass themselves. The Paris climate agreement was the most comprehensive international accord to fight climate change ever. It was signed by all but two countries (Syria and Nicaragua), and hailed as an historic effort to save […]
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 […]
Washington state is taking legal action against the “other Washington” after a tunnel full of mixed radioactive and chemical waste collapsed on May 9 at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. “This alarming emergency compels us to take immediate action – to hold the federal government accountable to its obligation to clean up the largest nuclear waste […]
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 […]
The Many Shades of Green I am pleased to report that I recently had an article published in Physics World called “How Green is Nuclear Energy?” I developed this article in response to their request, and it was published as the lead article in their special issue, “Focus on Nuclear Energy.” The online version of […]
One of my pet peeves has been a metric with the glamorous acronym LCOE which stands for Levelized Cost of Electricity. This is the “go to” number when evaluating electricity generation sources and comments about solar and wind reaching “grid parity” relate to this measure. My annoyance comes from comparisons of LCOE for solar (PV […]
Bill Maher concluded Friday’s show explaining why we should concentrate on saving our planet rather than dreaming about colonizing Mars: [embedded content] I’m a big fan of science fiction and space exploration, but colonizing Mars makes no sense…it might be a neat adventure to visit the place, but not now; $450 billion would be better […]