Renewable Sprawl

February 10, 2021


NEI: "Wind farms require up to 360 times as much land area to produce the same amount of electricity as a nuclear energy facility, a Nuclear Energy Institute analysis has found. Solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities require up to 75 times the land area."

MIT: Nuclear Cuts Decarbonization Cost Up to 67%

February 07, 2021

Power Engineering: "A new report by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology examined various scenarios for the decarbonization of the nation’s electricity sector. The MIT researcher’s simulations showed that availability of nuclear powered generation would help reduce the needed carbon price by up to 67 percent (to less than $40 per ton) in meeting a 90-percent reduction target (below 2005 levels) by 2050."

Redlands Hydrail Scheduled for 2024

January 10, 2021


respectmyplanet: "The Redlands Rail project in San Bernadino California is already under construction & will be operational by 2021. A hydrogen fuel cell powered train is on order from Stadler that should be operational on the new route by 2024."  

See also World's First Hydrogen-Power Rail Service.

Nuclear Is Less Expensive

December 27, 2020


Forbes: "Renewables are more costly than both gas and nuclear, but their 2.5 cent/kWh tax credit, plus state mandates and federal construction subsidies, seem warranted given the fears of climate change.

"Nuclear plants are only about a cent/kWh higher than gas so a subsidy, much smaller than that for renewables, is certainly warranted, and has been borne out by reality."

Cabinet Nominees Support Carbon Pricing

December 21, 2020

Citizens Climate Lobby:  John Kerry, nominee for climate envoy, writes, “With carbon pricing, those causing emissions pay for the cost of damage. Without carbon pricing, we all pay the cost.”

Janet Yellen, nominee for Treasury Secretary, said last year, “I believe that climate change is a serious problem demanding an immediate policy response and a carbon tax offers the most cost-effective lever to reduce carbon emissions at the scale and speed that is necessary."

Gina McCarthy, nominee to head White House Office of Climate Policy, says, "If Congress can pass a tax that does more than we’re able to do through regulation, I would consider that to be one of the greatest successes we’ve had to address one of the greatest public health threats of our time.”

California Needs Nuclear Desalination

December 12, 2020

Forbes:  "In California, the MegaDrought, that ended in 2017 ran for five years, severely straining water supplies, agricultural needs and wildlife. It clarified the need to build new desalination plants like every other modern arid population in the world. Most of Abu Dhabi’s gas-fired power plants provide electricity to their huge desalination plants that deliver over a billion gallons of drinking water a day, at about 40¢/gallon. And it tastes good, too, I’ve tried it."

"California needs 30 large desalination plants to deal with future megadroughts. They did recently build one in Carlsbad, but it’s not nearly enough."

"Most desalination plants in the world use fossil fuels to power them, but it’s even better to power them with nuclear energy. The new fleet of Small Modular Nuclear Reactors (SMRs) are ideal as they produce both thermal energy and electrical energy without producing greenhouse gases."

"But only 15 out of the thousands of desalination plants operating today worldwide are powered by nuclear. A small one is at the Canyon Diablo Nuclear Plant in California, slated to be closed soon. The plant could power several huge desalination plants for decades that could desalinate its own cooling water, removing the most commonly stated problem with the plant."

Vatican Warning on Climate Progress

December 12, 2020

Vatican: "The five-year mark for the Paris Agreement is no time to rejoice, but rather recognize 'we're not doing well' in achieving its goals to curb greenhouse gas emissions and limit global climate change, top Vatican officials said this week."

War on Nature

December 03, 2020

Associated Press:  "As an extreme year for hurricanes, wildfires and heat waves comes to an end, the head of the United Nations challenged world leaders to make 2021 the year that humanity ends its 'war on nature' and commits to a future free of planet-warming carbon pollution."

"With new reports highlighting 2020’s record-breaking weather and growing fossil fuels extraction that triggers global warming, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres delivered yet another urgent appeal to curb climate change. It was tinged with optimism but delivered dire warnings, as the UN gears up for a Dec. 12 virtual climate summit in France on the 5th anniversary of the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement."

“'The state of the planet is broken,' Guterres said in a speech at Columbia University. 'Humanity is waging war on nature. This is suicidal.'”

Shut Down of Diablo Canyon Challenged

November 22, 2020


POWER: "An assortment of entities have sought to intervene in a complaint alleging that the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) and California state agencies violated bulk power system reliability standards when they approved retirement of the 2,240-MW Diablo Canyon Power Plant (DCPP) by 2025."

"CGNP also has the backing of the Climate Coalition, which said: 'We reject the popular opinions and complaints that nuclear plants are somehow not safe or represent unacceptable risk. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is the global gold standard for nuclear safety, including seismic assessments. Over half a century of real-world evidence shows how nuclear is the safest of all reliable electricity sources.'”

"But the environmental group went even further, asking Diablo Canyon’s owners to 'immediately' make an application to the NRC for a 20-year operating license. It also urged for a 'halt' to the dismantlement of the now-shuttered San Onofre Power Plant and an exploration of 'the possibilities for refurbishment and re-licensing.'”

See Re: Diablo Is Marine Life Killer. "The affected area is about 4 acres of an ocean comprising some 62.8 million square miles, so the negative effect of Diablo's thermal discharge is vastly exaggerated."

See Californians for Green Nuclear Power; Generation Atomic; Climate Coalition; American Nuclear Society

DOE Releases Hydrogen Program Plan

November 20, 2020

U.S. Department of Energy: "Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released its Hydrogen Program Plan to provide a strategic framework for the Department’s hydrogen research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) activities."

Dr. Rita Baranwal: "@GovNuclear is currently working to demonstrate high- and low-temperature electrolysis at U.S. reactors to produce hydrogen at scale, which could open up new markets for the nuclear industry."

Idaho National Laboratory:  "Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy will work with Idaho National Laboratory to demonstrate a system that uses a nuclear plant’s steam and electricity to split water. The resulting hydrogen will initially be used at the power plant, but it could eventually be sold to other industries."