A number of news outlets have reported today that South Korea has offered to supply North Korea with electricity via transmission lines in return for an agreement to stop developing nuclear weapons capability. Here is the BBC’s version of the story – http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4674785.stm. Apparently, South Korea believes that this offer of transmission line delivered electricity […]
Scott Peterson, one of the contributors to NEI Nuclear Notes, answered a July 6, 2005 piece by Peter Asmus titled “Nuclear Diosaur” with his own contribution in the July 12, 2005 edition titled “Wrong on Nuclear Power” (free registration required for the Post articles). It will be interesting to see who else chimes in and […]
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) of Japan is one of the suitors interested in Westinghouse. The two organizations have a long history of cooperation, dating back more than 30 years when MHI licensed Westinghouse’s Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR)design. MSN Money reprinted an article from the Financial Times on the topic on July 10, 2005 under the […]
Discussions and articles about energy supply choices often overlook the impact of economic competition on the way that the choices are made and opinion posistions are established. Government organizations play a role because of the way that they get involved in promoting certain kinds of industries or because of the way that they gain tax […]
Steven Ayer at disinterested party has written a number of interesting articles about nuclear power and its future prospects. One of my readers pointed me to his recent article titled Nucleonomics. Unlike Steven and a number of other writers who have written about nuclear power economics, I have a direct and significant interest in getting […]
Since Blogger does not directly support trackback, the kind folks that run the service suggest that their users wanting this feature use Haloscan commenting and trackback. The installation process was very simple, I would be interesting in hearing feedback from anyone that tries using the service from here.
On July 6, 2005, Malcolm Wicks spoke to a group of 200 delegates of the British nuclear industry. Mr. Wicks is the UK’s minister of state for energy. He stated that the government had put a lot of thought into the decision to sell Westinghouse. A major factor in the decision process was the fact […]
Nigeria is an interesting case of an oil rich but useful energy poor country. It is a major crude oil exporter, but its citizens get by with an average of about 8 watts of electricity, which is about 1/5 of what the light above my computer uses. Apparently, some of the leaders of the country […]
One of the issues that I have with fusion enthusiasts is that they obscure the truth about the fuel that they plan to use. When talking about the potential for fusion to supply the world’s energy needs, they often talk about using hydrogen and point out that it is the most abundant element on the […]
On July 1, 2005, Ira Flatow interviewed Ned R. Sauthoff, Project Manager, U.S. ITER Project, DOE Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton University. As usual, I was not able to listen to the program at the time that it was broadcast, but fortunately Ira has established a podcast edition of his show, so it showed up […]
It seems that BNFL’s unions are pretty upset that their employer is planning to sell off the Westinghouse organization. Here is a relevant article from Cumbria Online http://www.cumbria-online.co.uk/viewarticle.asp?id=260225.
On Tuesday 28 June, Rep Bernard Sanders I-VT introduced an amendment to the foreign aid bill that would prevent the Export-Import Bank of the United States from lending $5 Billion to Westinghouse that is intended to finance the sale of nuclear reactors to China. The Sanders amendment to H.R.3057 was passed by a 313-114 vote. […]