Archive for March, 2016

More News and Commentary

Cost Fears About New N-Reactors

From the Times of Calcutta: A US-based energy think-tank has questioned the financial viability of the American nuclear reactors India hopes to procure from General Electric-Hitachi and Toshiba-Westinghouse for sites in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat, claiming the electricity they generate will be expensive. The proposed nuclear projects at Mithi Virdi (Gujarat) and Kovvada (Andhra Pradesh) […]

March 31, 2016 Read More →

Mithi Virdi N-Plant Costly, Risky: Study

From the Times of India: A study by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), released on Thursday by environmental groups, concluded that the power from nuclear plants, that are yet to begin, will be costlier than the renewable energy. Hence, it will be a burden on the consumer. The study’s Author David […]

March 31, 2016 Read More →

IEEFA Report: Ill-Advised Nuclear Expansion in India

From Counterview India: The US-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) has raised the alarm that with the type of technology to be used for the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited’s (NPCIL’s) 6,000 MW N-power plant project in Gujarat’s Mithi Virdi region, its actual cost is likely to reach a whopping Rs […]

March 31, 2016 Read More →

Industry Experts Worry Over Natural Gas ‘Overbuild’

Robert Walton for Utility Dive: Buoyed by cheap shale supply and the Clean Power Plan, natural gas consumption could significantly increase over the next few decades. And while pipeline developers are moving quickly to install transportation networks, some are wondering if they are moving too quickly. Carolyn Elefant, an attorney who represents private parties in […]

March 31, 2016 Read More →

Risky Nuclear-Buildout Plans in India

Joshua S. Hill for Clean Technica: According to the new report (PDF), published this week by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), India’s current plans to build 12 new nuclear-powered plants is not only economically unviable, but fraught with risk, as the plants are intended to be a “first-of-its-kind” design that is […]

March 31, 2016 Read More →

Push for Coal-Plant Retirements in Georgia

From SoutheastGreen.com: Twelve groups have sent a joint letter (attached) to the Environmental Protection Division to revise and update expired National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (“NPDES”) permits on Georgia’s coal plants, so that critical water protections in new federal rules can be met and implemented without delay. The groups have also requested no less than […]

March 31, 2016 Read More →

U.S. Nuclear Power Plants to Produce Costlier Electricity for India

From the Deccan Herald (New Delhi): Electricity produced by the two proposed nuclear power plants being constructed with US support, would be more than three times costlier than the electricity currently generated in India, cautions a US-based institute. For Toshiba-Westinghouse’s Mithi Virdi Plant, the calculated tariff would be between Rs 6-12 per unit while for […]

March 31, 2016 Read More →

Powder River Basin Producers ‘Subsidized to the End’

Ben Jervey for the Huffington Post: After showing how dependent Peabody Energy, Arch Coal, and Cloud Peak Energy are on access to public lands, the “Corporate Welfare for Coal” report goes on to highlight some of the ways that the coal industry itself has come to dominate federal coal management decisions. One example is the […]

March 31, 2016 Read More →

Ohio Regulators Approve Coal-Plant Bailouts; Legal Challenges Loom

Tom Knox for Columbus Business First: Ohio energy regulators have approved proposals by AEP and FirstEnergy to guarantee income for certain power plants, accepting their arguments that the seven coal plants and one nuclear plant should be subsidized by ratepayers because the benefits outweigh the potential costs. Parts of AEP’s Conesville coal-fired power plant in […]

March 31, 2016 Read More →
An Opening for a Better Energy Course in Egypt

An Opening for a Better Energy Course in Egypt

A New Study Suggests How Sound Energy Policy Can Help Modernize the Most Populous Country in the Mideast

“80 Gigawatts of Change,” an important new report commissioned by the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights and the Heinrich Böll Foundation offers some crucial and timely detail on how the most populous country in the Middle East might best manage its energy future. Egypt today has an electricity shortage—the country requires 30 gigawatts […]

March 31, 2016 Read More →