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India’s Plan to Build 12 New Nuclear Reactors Is Fraught With Risk

India’s Plan to Build 12 New Nuclear Reactors Is Fraught With Risk

Projects at Kovvada and Mithi Virdi Are Not Economically or Financially Viable

We’ve just published a report that explores what we believe are unacceptably high risks and costs of the Indian government’s proposal to build 12 new nuclear reactors. Our study, “Bad Choice: The Risks, Costs and Viability of Proposed U.S. Nuclear Reactors in India,” finds the plan, which would put six reactors each at Kovvada and […]

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Report: FirstEnergy Seeks a Subsidized Turnaround

Report: FirstEnergy Seeks a Subsidized Turnaround

FirstEnergy: A Major Utility Seeks a Subsidized Turnaround (pdf) By Tom Sanzillo, Director of Finance and Cathy Kunkel, Fellow Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

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Briefing note: Fossil fuels, energy transition & risk

Briefing note: Fossil fuels, energy transition & risk

 Briefing note: Fossil fuels, energy transition & risk (pdf)

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U.S. Nuclear Industry in Doubt as Projects Falter in Georgia and North Carolina

E&E EnergyWire: The chairman of Georgia’s utility regulators said yesterday he hopes Southern Co. finishes two half-built nuclear reactors amid the parent of the project’s main contractor signaling financial ruin. “It just seems to be the most obvious conclusion where a completely functional nuclear plant for the next 60, 70, 80 years is the best […]

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Japan in Transition as Outlook for Coal Use Drops

Bloomberg News: Japan’s traditional power generators may produce 40 percent less electricity in 2030 than they did in 2015 because of a decline in demand and growth in supply from sources of clean energy, a study showed, casting doubt on plans to build more coal-fired power stations. Japan, which increased reliance on fossil fuel after […]

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On the Blogs: U.S. Nuclear Industry Is in Peril

Dennis Wamsted for WamstedOnEnergy.com: Five years ago almost to the day (Feb. 9, 2012, actually), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted 4-1 to issue a construction and operating license to Southern Company for the 2,234 megawatt Vogtle 3&4 project—the first of the new generation of reactors that was touted as the beginning of the industry’s long […]

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Cuomo: New York Will Find Ways to Replace Power from Indian Point Nuclear Plant

David Klepper for the Associated Press: New York will be able to make up for lost electricity generation after the aging Indian Point nuclear power plant shuts down in 2021, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday, announcing a deal between state officials and plant-owner Entergy Corp. that will close the facility by 2021. Sitting along the […]

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On the Blogs: Georgia Power’s Nuclear Expansion Project Faces Delays

From Wamsted on Energy: Georgia Power executives certainly won’t say it and Georgia’s utility regulators certainly won’t acknowledge it, but the reality is there are going to be additional delays at Vogtle 3&4—the already delayed and over budget new nuclear project being built by Westinghouse for the Southern Company subsidiary and a consortium of Georgia […]

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In Closure of Diablo Canyon Power Plant, a Concession That the Future Is Not Nuclear

Ivan Penn and Samantha Masunaga for the Los Angeles Times: One of California’s largest energy utilities took a bold step in the 21st century electricity revolution with an agreement to close its last operating nuclear plant and develop more solar, wind and other clean power technologies. The decision announced Tuesday by Pacific Gas & Electric […]

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IEEFA Data Bite: Wind on the Rise, Coal on the Wane

IEEFA Data Bite: Wind on the Rise, Coal on the Wane

A State-by-State Snapshot Shows Two Trends of Note

As coal dependence falters in the U.S., wind-powered electricity generation is on the rise. In less than a decade, the mix of fuels used for generating electricity has gone a major shift. The two maps below show where the changes are most marked. Twelve states, most of them in the wind-rich Great Plains or the […]

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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) […]

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India’s Plan to Build 12 New Nuclear Reactors Is Fraught With Risk

India’s Plan to Build 12 New Nuclear Reactors Is Fraught With Risk

Projects at Kovvada and Mithi Virdi Are Not Economically or Financially Viable

We’ve just published a report that explores what we believe are unacceptably high risks and costs of the Indian government’s proposal to build 12 new nuclear reactors. Our study, “Bad Choice: The Risks, Costs and Viability of Proposed U.S. Nuclear Reactors in India,” finds the plan, which would put six reactors each at Kovvada and […]

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Five Years After Fukushima, Debate Over Nuclear Safety in Japan

By Andrew Coffman Smith for SNL: Five years on from the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdowns and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is lauding progress in implementing post-Fukushima safety measures. A critical report, meanwhile, is accusing regulators of abdicating their watchdog responsibilities and plant operators of undermining safety. Speaking March 8, three days before the anniversary […]

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