Archive for 'Renewable Energy'
As it is poised to impose strict regulatory measures on the operation of nuclear power plants, the Nuclear Regulation Authority is increasingly met by opposition that it is making the resumption of plants that are currently offline virtually impossible. Full Story
The smart energy analysts over at Pike Research — which puts out weekly reports I’d love to see but can never afford — recently published an interesting brief, and for once it’s free! It’s a high-level overview of “Five Metatrends to Watch in 2013 and Beyond” in the energy sector. Metatrends! (I really wanted to [...]
The operator of Florida’s Crystal River nuclear plant sent shockwaves through the state when it announced recently that it was shutting down the facility for good. When nuclear plants have closed elsewhere, locals have cheered. But in Citrus County, it’s been more like a death in the family. Full Story
By Harvey Wasserman Two more atomic dominoes have hit the deck. At least a half-dozen more teeter on the brink, which would take the US reactor count under 100. But can we bury them before the next Fukushima erupts?
Picture yourself as a control room operator at a nuclear plant like Oyster Creek in Lacey during a severe accident and being faced with a decision as difficult as that in “Sophie’s Choice,” when the mother had to choose which of her two children to save from the concentration camps.
Renewable energy sources are booming in Germany, and electric utilities exported more power in 2012 than ever before. But energy experts warn that what sounds like progress has its downsides. Germany began turning off its nuclear power plants 18 months ago, following the Fukushima disaster in Japan. Since then, many in the business and industrial [...]
Two leading conservative political organizations say they are stepping up coordinated efforts to repeal state-level renewable energy targets. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) — a “stealth business lobbyist” that works with corporate interests to help them write and implement “model” legislation — says it may soon start crafting laws designed to kill or weaken [...]
While traveling in Japan several weeks ago, Fairewinds’ Arnie Gundersen took soil samples in Tokyo public parks, playgrounds, and rooftop gardens. All the samples would be considered nuclear waste if found here in the US. This level of contamination is currently being discovered throughout Japan. At the US NRC Regulatory Information Conference in Washington, DC [...]
Harvey Wasserman Nuclear power’s green mountain grassroots demise March 16, 2012 In the wake of Fukushima, grassroots citizen action is shutting the worldwide nuclear power industry. A Solartopian tipping point is upon us in the US, Europe and Japan which will re-define how the human race gets its energy.
The crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant is far from over. I became certain of this when the power plant was opened to the media on Feb. 20, and witnessed the reality of what was going on inside. This, despite the government’s declaration just two months prior, that the reactors had achieved a [...]