New Nuclear More Expensive Than Solar/Wind – So What?

As Cleantechnica just reported, Prognos AG has released a new study commissioned by Agora Energiewende comparing the costs of new nuclear with those of a system based on solar and wind. I learned that right now the renewable option costs only about half of new nuclear. That cost advantage of renewable energy is expected to increase,Continue reading “New Nuclear More Expensive Than Solar/Wind – So What?”

German Federal Administrative Law Court on Nuclear Shutdown

Hans Bienfait recently asked in a comment for my opinion on the decision of the German Federal Administrative Law Court on the nuclear shutdown in 2011. He cited this article at World Nuclear News. The original decision is here (in German). It deals mainly with the question if the plaintiffs had enough opportunity to explainContinue reading “German Federal Administrative Law Court on Nuclear Shutdown”

Solar Costs Known, Nuclear Costs Unknown

Eduard Porter makes the case for nuclear energy as a countermeasure to global warming in the New York Times. I learned of that article by reading the thorough debunking of the cost assumptions for nuclear by Charles Komaneff here. Thanks in turn to this tweet by Chris Nelder for that link. As Komaneff points outContinue reading “Solar Costs Known, Nuclear Costs Unknown”

Solar Deployment Faster than Nuclear: Jim Hansen Open Letter

Climate scientist Jim Hansen has written another open letter in support of nuclear energy as a solution to global warming. Thanks to this tweet by Barry Brook for the link. If you want nuclear as part of the solution, you necessarily need to explain why renewable energy won’t be able to do the job alone.Continue reading “Solar Deployment Faster than Nuclear: Jim Hansen Open Letter”

Nuclear Stocks Way Down

I recall that I have done a “List of Global Warming Stocks” a couple of weeks ago, with a view of investing my own money (I am expecting some cash from an inheritance in the next couple of months). There is no nuclear power company on that list. And maybe that’s a good idea. MycleContinue reading “Nuclear Stocks Way Down”

Nuclear Accident Liability and Insurance in the EU

The EU Commission has just launched a consultation on the topic. Anyone can participate. The consultation is open until October 22. Thanks to this tweet by Alice Stollmeyer for the link. I learned from that consultation document that nuclear provides for two thirds of low carbon electricity in the EU (probably mainly because of theContinue reading “Nuclear Accident Liability and Insurance in the EU”

Nuclear Decline in Germany Not Compensated 100 Percent by Renewable

One of the recent pro-nuclear talking points is the fact that there is still coal burned in the German electricity sector. For example, this tweet by Steve Aplin, retweeted by the enemy of renewable energy Rod Adams: Why is Germany burning more coal after closing nukes? Because coal = real electricity. Wind can’t provide it.Continue reading “Nuclear Decline in Germany Not Compensated 100 Percent by Renewable”

World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2013

The latest edition has been released yesterday. Here are a couple of facts from that report. By early 2009, 31 applications for new reactors were pending in the United States. Only four started actually building, none of that with private capital. Operating reactors are being closed as uneconomic for the first time in fifteen yearsContinue reading “World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2013”

Discussing Mark Lynas’ “Nuclear 2.0: Why a Green Future Needs Nuclear Power”

Mark Lynas just released an “Amazon short” title called Nuclear 2.0. The book description at Amazon has this to say: Lynas shows that with wind and solar still at only about 1 percent of global primary energy, asking renewables to deliver all the world’s power is “dangerously delusional”. That got me interested. Maybe he’s talkingContinue reading “Discussing Mark Lynas’ “Nuclear 2.0: Why a Green Future Needs Nuclear Power””

I Wish David Roberts Was Wrong

He just posted an article titled “Some thoughts on Pandora’s Promise and the nuclear debate”. I find myself agreeing with most of his points. I share these views of his article: Radiation risks of nuclear are much less serious than risks from global warming or from coal. People should dump coal before nuclear. Nuclear energyContinue reading “I Wish David Roberts Was Wrong”