Bechtel and BWXT have announced an acceleration of Generation mPower

Note: For an update on this topic see subsequent post titled Bechtel will “pursue” acceleration of mPower project. On March 4, 2016, in a press release issued from Reston, VA, Bechtel and BWX Technologies (BWXT) announced that they would be accelerating their Generation mPower small modular reactor project. Bechtel will take over the project lead […]

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Mark Z. Jacobson is proud that his models disagree with IPCC (and almost everyone else)

The following clip comes from POWERING EARTH 2050: Is California’s 100% Renewable Strategy Globally Viable?. The speakers are Dr. Mark Z. Jacobson of the Stanford University Precourt Institute for Energy and Oliver Morton, Briefings Editor for The Economist. This a brief sample of why more people need to question Mark Z. Jacobson as a source […]

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Proposal: Fund NRC by a fee on each kw-hr generated by nuclear energy

Initial conditions: NRC is an independent safety regulator working for the US public Its services mainly benefit customers that in electricity service areas that include nuclear power plants as suppliers Customers will benefit by cost efficient, effective safety regulations that enable continuous improvement in plant operations and performance. Customers will benefit by cost efficient, effective […]

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NRC needs an independent budget process to match its independent mandate

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is an independent regulatory agency whose focus is the safe use of radiation and radioactive materials. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard from regulators, commissioners, and elected officials that the agency must make its safety decisions without regard to their cost implications. However, as any teenager, project […]

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Senator Feinstein deserves better staff support. Crystal River concrete NOT age related issue

Apparently, someone on Senator Feinstein’s staff believes that the concrete delamination (cracking) issue at Crystal River was an age-related issue. With that incorrect knowledge of the situation, they decided that it could be used to publicly discredit the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s cooperation in an industry-led initiative to extend the operating lives of nuclear plants beyond […]

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Shellenberger provides expansive clean energy vision in 7:25

On February 23, 2016, the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability hosted a debate on following proposition: Is California’s 100% Renewable Strategy Globally Viable? The debate format was a two on two with a moderator. On the side defending the viability of the strategy, Mark Z. Jacobson, the Stanford professor and energy system model […]

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Mark Jacobson condenses 26 years of wind, water, solar research to 6.5 minute barrage

On February 23, 2016, the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability hosted a debate on following proposition: Is California’s 100% Renewable Strategy Globally Viable? The debate format was a two on two with a moderator. On the side defending the viability of the strategy, Mark Z. Jacobson, the Stanford professor and energy system model […]

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Congressmen Wanted to Control Gasoline (Parable about atomic power)

On April 17, 1958 the Brownsville (TX) Herald published an editorial titled “Congressmen Wanted to Control Gasoline.” It was aimed at actions by the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy and the Atomic Energy Commission to maintain nearly total control of all aspects of atomic power generation. As described by Snopes, excerpts from this ancient editorial […]

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We’re making a difference with a lot of help from our fans

Atomic Insights LLC is a tax-paying publishing company based in the beautiful Blue Ridge foothills of South Central Virginia. Though we are organized to make a sustainable profit, we are motivated to positively contribute to efforts to increase the world’s capability for clean energy production, improve medical diagnosis and enable advanced disease treatment. We accomplish […]

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All-nuclear power grids are not only feasible, but proven and operating today

NORFOLK, VA.-Sailors stand in formation to recreate the E=MC2 photo tradition Feb. 17, 2011, in preparation for the 50th birthday of USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65). The Enterprise is the first and oldest nuclear powered aircraft carrier still in service and is celebrating its 50th birthday on Nov. 25, 2011.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communitacion Specialist 3rd class Alex R. Forster/Released)

While at the 12th annual Platts Nuclear Energy Conference, I heard a speaker say something that made my competitive and creative juices begin to flow. I have the exact words and the speaker’s name buried in my notes and may dig them out someday, but right now, I feel the need to share the “wild […]

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DOE and UAMPS sign agreement for siting at INL

At the 12th annual Platts Nuclear Energy Conference, John Kotek, the Acting Assistant Secretary of Energy for Nuclear Energy just made a major announcement. Yesterday, February 17, 2016 Rick Provencher and Doug Hunter signed an agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy and UAMPS (Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems). It provides UAMPS with a use […]

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Commissioner Ostendorff will be hard to replace

Yesterday at the Platts 12th Annual Nuclear Energy Conference, Darious Dixon of Politico asked NRC Commissioner William Ostendorff if he had decided whether or not he would be willing to remain of the Commission for a third term if the President chooses to nominate him again. After expressing his deep respect for the agency and […]

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