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Nuclear Energy

Austin wona t sign off on nuclear plant expansion

Without a stable source of power in the future for growth and expansion, Austin will suffer. Industry and the people that follow can't survive without electricity.  (Feb 13, 2009 | post #2)

Nuclear Energy

Foes say NY nuke plants endanger people, fish

OK, shut down the nukes to save the fish eggs and build a "clean coal" plant. Oh wait, that would kill some fish too!! What's a greenie to do? Solar/wind could power a few homes, the rest could live "off grid"....  (Feb 13, 2009 | post #2)

Nuclear Energy

Vt. agency argues against nuke license renewal

If VT blocks the license renewal, where will that lost generation come from? What other base load unit does VT have under construction to provide power to its citizens?  (Feb 13, 2009 | post #1)

Energy

PSE&G plans $773M for solar panels on 200K utility poles

Will these things ever generate enough power to break even?  (Feb 13, 2009 | post #1)

Energy

New Bay County power plant delayed until 2017

Sounds like MI is going to be short on electricity within a few short years...  (Feb 13, 2009 | post #1)

Nuclear Energy

Ex-FirstEnergy Engineer Avoids Jail Time For Lying To NRC

The System Engineer gets blamed again. If it was like refueling outages I'be been through, the Outage Managers call the shots regardless of what the engineers are telling them about the condition of the equipment. Outage Management just wants the outage completed in the shortest time regardless if everything is fixed and safe to run full cycle. Many of the top dogs have a big bonus riding on meeting the schedule. I've seen it too many times at different sites in the nation.  (Feb 10, 2009 | post #4)

Nuclear Energy

Public Input Sought On Proposed Nuclear Reactor in Louisa...

Time to move dirt and start placing concrete.  (Jan 15, 2009 | post #1)

Energy

Scottish and Southern Energy gets approval for 260MW wind...

Plus they want 6000 MW worth by 2020? That's going to be over a thousand turbines moored offshore at the current capacity.  (Jan 15, 2009 | post #2)

Energy

Xcel Energy's first Minnesota wind farm up and running

Jon, I saw this newscast recently, glad to see someone else found it interesting. I just wonder how far it will get beyond the pilot plant stage. I'm not into geology, but I would suspect that specific criteria must be met before pumping liquid carbon dioxide into deep strata (2000').  (Jan 15, 2009 | post #57)

Energy

Xcel Energy's first Minnesota wind farm up and running

Albert, the question was about wind being cheaper for the consumer, not cheaper than nuclear. From a consumer perspective, you would expect the Public Utilities Commission (or whatever they're called in MN) to select the least cost option for new generation. However, since the legislature has mandated X% of generation to be renewable by X year, the cost factor has been removed (or at least pushed from the forefront). The XCEL website posted information for this wind project has the contract cost removed because of Trade Secret status, therefore, the XCEL consumers don't really know how much they're going to pay for this 100.5 MW of wind power that is going to act like a 35 to 40 MW base load unit (35-40% capacity factor).  (Jan 15, 2009 | post #54)

Energy

Xcel Energy's first Minnesota wind farm up and running

Monk, there are over 20 new plant license applications with the NRC. In addition, at least 3 utilities have signed Engineering, Procurement, and Construction contracts for new plants. I'm thinking dirt will be moving this year, that is, unless the economy goes into a total collapse.  (Jan 14, 2009 | post #31)

TwinCities.com

Xcel Energy's first Minnesota wind farm up and running

Doubt it. Looked at the info on the xcel webpage for this project. The 67 1.5 MW wind mills in this location will have a capacity factor of 35 to 40%. The cost of this project is removed as a "trade secret", so you can't come up with a $/kw comparison. Oh yeah, they also asked for a RES rider, rate adjustment factor. Sounds like the current purchased wind power cost is rolled into the fuel adjustment clause on your bill. So, we're all paying for the wind power the legislature mandated whether we want it or not (and regardless of cost).  (Jan 14, 2009 | post #26)

Nuclear Energy

Organizations choose sides on power plants issue

So, for the group of environmentalists that oppose both the coal plants and the nuclear plants; would they support the erection of 10,000 2MW wind mills in the state of SC? The projection calls for 20,000 megawatts to keep up with population & industrial growth. Conservation and efficiency is not going to save twice what you're using right now!  (Jan 11, 2009 | post #1)

Nuclear Energy

Entergy suspends nuclear application, reconsiders reactor

The Westinghouse AP1000 seems to be the more popular choice. Plus the NRC has already approved the design.  (Jan 11, 2009 | post #1)

Nuclear Energy

Radioactive water leak found at Vermont Yankee

This "cleanout system" sounds like the Reactor Water Clean Up (RWCU) system. Basically, exhaust steam from the low pressure turbines is condensed to water, it is filtered, run through a demineralizer, and pumped back to the reactor to make more steam for the turbines. Leakage from the RWCU system could be held in storage tanks or cleaned up and sent back into the condensate/steam cycle. I checked for Vermont Yankee Event Reports at www.nrc.gov did not see any about this leakage, so apparently it is below the NRC reportability threshold and is not a public safety concern. Small leaks such as this can be temporarily repaired with special sealants (Furmanite, etc.) and permanent repairs are implemented during a downpower or refueling outage. This allows the lights to stay on.  (Jan 11, 2009 | post #1)