PBMR Update – 11 August 2006

Creamer Media Engineering News Online has recently published several articles about the PBMR and the project status. One article titled How PBMR’s Work provides good information about the history and design choices made during the lengthy refinement period since the late 1950s when Rudolf Schulten first developed the concept of enclosing nuclear fuel into graphite […]

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Taking the pulse of the nuclear portion of the US electric power industry

A few days ago I mentioned that I was attending the Utility Working Conference sponsored by the American Nuclear Society. It is an annual meeting that has been held in the same location for about 15 years and it provides the opportunity for industry leaders, vendors and regulators to discuss and make steps towards solving […]

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The Atomic Show #025 – Amarillo Power plans

The big news since Shane and I last talked is the announcement by a Texan named George Chapman of the formation of Amarillo Power and its plans to build two Advanced Boiling Water Reactors (ABWR) near Amarillo Texas. Shane questions the location based on his frequent drives through the area. Water might be an issue, […]

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American Nuclear Society – Utility Working Conference – Excellence Today and Into the Future

I am at the Amelia Island Plantation on the northeast coast of Florida for the annual American Nuclear Society Utility Working Conference. The meeting, which has been held during the same week in August at the same location since 1994, is a chance for leaders in the nuclear portion of the electric utility industry to […]

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George Chapman of Amarillo Texas plans to build nuclear power plants again

Here is a story that has not yet been picked up outside of Texas that I find immensely interesting. George Chapman has formed a company named Amarillo Power that has notified the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission of its intention to build two GE designed nuclear power plants on an unidentified site near Amarillo, Texas. So […]

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Tracking natural gas prices through a demand peak

The spot (immediate delivery) price of natural gas continues to increase rapidly because of the high demand for electricity during the summer heat wave. Since there is an end in sight with a “cold” front on the way, the “future” prices (those deals where traders are purchasing a product to be delivered sometime in the […]

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Smoking Gun Part 3 (Direct anti-nuclear comment from an Australian coal industry supporter)

I came across an informative article in the Time South Pacific edition (on-line of course) titled Plugging in to Nuclear. The teaser summary of the article was enough to grab my attention As some greens learn to love atomic power, Australia weighs whether to use its abundant uranium at home. Not only is the entire […]

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Natural gas futures up sharply as heat wave hits Midwest and East Coast

In the past few days, spot prices for natural gas have increased by more than 20% as temperatures approaching 100 degrees affect high natural gas consumption areas like the upper midwest, Texas and the mid-Atlantic regions. As of the close of trading today, here are the prices at some key locations: NYMEX Henry Hub Future […]

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The Atomic Show #024 – Interview with Mommycast (MP3 – 10.2MB – 29min)

It was one of those weeks when Shane and I could simply not match our schedules for a talk. Just so none of you would miss your Atomic Show fix, I have obtained permission to post an interview of me conducted by Paige and Gretchen of Mommycast. I had been corresponding with them about my […]

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