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Nuclear? It

Although China has both official support and the technological capacity for nuclear energy development, emerging public resistance to nuclear projects is an increasing challenge. China still relies heavily on coal—accounting for 68.5 percent of electricity generation in 2012—because of its lower cost and greater accessibility. Despite nuclear’s relative safety under normal operations, public concern arises from doubts about … Continue reading Nuclear? It

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Japan halts last nuclear reactor at Ohi

Japan is shutting down its last functioning nuclear reactor, with no timetable for a restart. Reactor 4 at Ohi in western Japan will stop generating electricity in the early hours of Monday. Analysts say Japan will be without nuclear power until December at the earliest, the longest shut-down since the 1960s. The Japanese public turned … Continue reading Japan halts last nuclear reactor at Ohi

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Brazil cools on nuclear energy plans; favors wind power

Brazil will probably scale down its plans for new nuclear plants due to safety concerns following the 2011 radiation leak in Japan and pick up some of the slack with a revolution in wind energy, the head of the government’s energy planning agency said. Mauricio Tolmasquim, chief of the Energy Research Company, told Reuters it … Continue reading Brazil cools on nuclear energy plans; favors wind power

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Radiation in Fukushima hit new high

Radiation readings around tanks holding contaminated water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant have spiked by more than a fifth to their highest levels, Japan’s nuclear regulator said, heightening concerns about the clean-up of the worst atomic disaster in three decades. Radiation hotspots have spread to three holding areas for hundreds of hastily built … Continue reading Radiation in Fukushima hit new high

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Fukushima much worse than reported

It is leaking out from the basements, it is leaking out from the cracks all over the place”, Mycle Schneider, Nuclear consultant. A nuclear expert has told the BBC that he believes the current water leaks at Fukushima are much worse than the authorities have stated. Mycle Schneider is an independent consultant who has previously … Continue reading Fukushima much worse than reported

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Radioactive water leak at Fukushima

Highly radioactive water leaks from a temporary storage tank into the ground at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, its operator says.   Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) said the leak of at least 300 tonnes of the highly radioactive water was discovered on Monday. The plant, crippled by the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, has seen … Continue reading Radioactive water leak at Fukushima

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Solar photovoltaic can replace nuclear power in Japan

A recent study by researchers at the University of Texas (Austin, Texas, US) indicates that Tokyo could use solar photovoltaic (PV) generation as “baseload” power, due to Japan’s large amount of pumped hydro storage. “Potential for rooftop photovoltaics in Tokyo to replace nuclear capacity” states that PV could help meet peak requirements as well as … Continue reading Solar photovoltaic can replace nuclear power in Japan

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US wind energy is now more economic than nuclear power

So much wind energy is now being generated in the US that the emissions-free electricity-generating technology may seriously erode the nation’s nuclear power and coal sectors, the Bloomberg news agency reported Monday. Headlined “nuclear industry withers in US as wind pummels prices,” the story interviewed utility experts talking about the state of the American energy … Continue reading US wind energy is now more economic than nuclear power

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Nuclear power revives… in Iran

The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) announced Saturday that the Islamic republic plans to construct 16 nuclear power plants in different parts of the country, Press TV reported. “Following months of efforts, 16 new sites for nuclear power plants have been designated in coastal areas of the Caspian Sea, the Persian Gulf, the Sea … Continue reading Nuclear power revives… in Iran

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Bulgarian referendum reflects uncertainty of nuclear power development

Bulgarians have postponed construction of a new nuclear power plant for an indefinite future, according to unofficial data released on Sunday evening after a low-turnout referendum held on this issue. According to parallel vote tabulation conducted by Alpha Research agency, although 61 percent of the voters said “yes” on whether the country should build a … Continue reading Bulgarian referendum reflects uncertainty of nuclear power development

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Belgian and German electricity systems keep lights on despite nuclear turn-off

Freezing temperatures in both Belgium and Germany have put both countries’ power systems to the test this week, but neither country has experienced electricity blackouts despite the lack of nuclear power. Two of Belgium’s seven nuclear reactors – Doel 3 and Tihange 2 – were switched off this summer, following the discovery of cracks, cutting … Continue reading Belgian and German electricity systems keep lights on despite nuclear turn-off

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Renewable Energy on the way up while Western Europe’s nuclear power share depletes

To meet carbon emissions targets and reduce dependency on depleting fossil fuel reserves, the nations of Western Europe are beefing up their renewable energy generation, but significantly limiting growth within their nuclear power industries in the face of widespread public opposition, says business intelligence providers GBI Research. According to the firm’s latest report*, the top … Continue reading Renewable Energy on the way up while Western Europe’s nuclear power share depletes

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World Nuclear Electricity Generation Down 5 Percent Since 2006

World nuclear electricity-generating capacity has been essentially flat since 2007 and is likely to fall as plants retire faster than new ones are built. In fact, the actual electricity generated at nuclear power plants fell 5 percent between 2006 and 2011. In 2011, following Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, 13 nuclear reactors in Japan, Germany, … Continue reading World Nuclear Electricity Generation Down 5 Percent Since 2006

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Nuclear Power Much More Expensive Than Offshore Wind Energy

The cost of nuclear power is at least £200 per MWh, much more than the cost of offshore wind power at £140 per MWh. This is according to new calculations by the Energy Fair group, stripping out all subsidies. ‘This confirms that nuclear power is entirely uneconomic,’ said Dr Gerry Wolff of Energy Fair. ‘There … Continue reading Nuclear Power Much More Expensive Than Offshore Wind Energy

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