I apologize for the virtual silence here over the past couple of weeks.
I’ve been keeping up a fairly active presence on Twitter, posting short updates and getting involved in a few serious conversations as time allows.
Even if you do not have a Twitter account, you can read my feed at https://twitter.com/Atomicrod?s=17
One topic that is keeping me up at night is the stress being put on the grid and on fuel supplies by the extreme weather. I hope that my friends and everyone else in New England and on the Atlantic coast from north Florida up stays reasonably warm and completely safe.
I hope the winter reliability program oil doesn’t run out.
So far, I’ve been impressed with the fact that 99 out of 99 nuclear reactors in the U.S. are operating at or very close to full power. As of yesterday, there were just 5 that reported a power level less than 100% in their daily status report to the NRC. Those 5 were at 99, 98, 94 and 2@93.
For whatever reason, VOX’s Umair Irfan decided to write a story about the cold wave and energy supply without mentioning that fact.