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Alternative Energy / Nuclear Power

Investigation of Aging U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Reveals Some Scary Truths

Jun 23, 2011 at 07:43 | Energy Digital

Amidst the ongoing nuclear disaster in Japan—that third-party scientific investigators are claiming is 30 times worse than Chernobyl—some countries seem to be coming to their senses and rethinking the cost…

The Beginning of the Nuclear Renaissance Will Not be Televised

Jun 21, 2011 at 07:52 | Ferdinand E. Banks

According to the United Nations energy organization (IAEA), statistics indicate that for 2009 and 2010, nuclear reactors in Sweden and Germany managed by the Swedish firm Vattenfall  had the lowest…

Water Shortages Threatening France's Nuclear Reactor Complex

Jun 16, 2011 at 07:31 | John Daly

Nuclear energy company executives worldwide can be forgiven for wondering if Mother Nature is pursuing a vendetta against them. The 11 March 9.0 Richter scale earthquake that rattled Japan saw…

Nuclear Twilight in Europe

Jun 15, 2011 at 08:18 | John Daly

It is becoming evident to many that the March nuclear catastrophe at Japan’s six reactor Daichi Fukushima complex has dealt a huge, possibly fatal, blow to the nuclear industry’s hopes…

Low Natural Gas Prices Make Nuclear Power a Losing Investment

Jun 15, 2011 at 07:59 | Gloria Gonzalez

Low natural gas prices have thwarted investment in nuclear generators in the US and federal loan guarantees will not help nuclear power reach parity, experts said. Even before the accident…

A New Nuclear Revolution – Safe, Clean and Abundant

Jun 14, 2011 at 08:44 | Al Fin

Somewhere in Cheshire an energy revolution is brewing. Modern nuclear researchers are developing new approaches to safe subcritical reactors, using fertile thorium as fuel. The new reactor designs will be…

Despite Fukushima Nuclear Power Production to increase by 27% before 2020

Jun 13, 2011 at 07:08 | Stuart Burns

One could be forgiven for thinking that ever since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster, the global nuclear industry would be dead in the water. Indeed, the reaction of…

The Economics of Nuclear Power

Jun 09, 2011 at 08:09 | Daily Energy Report

When considering various sources of power, it is important to note that the analysis of power generation costs is a complex process that is highly dependent upon the location of…

Germany and the Nuclear Future

Jun 08, 2011 at 07:39 | Ferdinand E. Banks

Lets start with the bottom line, or what I usually call ‘The Message’ While Germany might temporarily abandon nuclear facilities located in Germany, they will never abandon electricity generated in…

Are Uranium Prices Ready to Rally?

May 30, 2011 at 08:13 | Angel Publishing

Say what you will about nuclear energy... But it's not going away. Not as smart investors realize Chinese demand far outweighs Japan's nuclear woes. As a result, the biggest drop…

Fukushima a stake through nuclear industry’s heart

May 25, 2011 at 09:27 | John Daly

Despite the managed media campaign by Tokyo Electric Company, the Japanese government and nuclear industry flacks worldwide, the 11 March 9.0 on the Richter scale earthquake, followed by a tsunami…

Panic in The Nuclear Streets

May 22, 2011 at 22:24 | Ferdinand E. Banks

In my forthcoming textbook Energy and Economic Theory (2011), the last chapter contains a section called ‘On the Sunny Side of the Nuclear Street’, which is a shortened version of…

Full Speed Ahead for China’s Nuclear Program

May 09, 2011 at 22:17 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

To say that the partial meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power’s Fukushima plant has put a chill on the global nuclear industry would be a vast understatement. Lead stock Cameco (CCJ)…

India Should Look to Australia to Satisfy its Growing Demand for Uranium

May 09, 2011 at 22:01 | ISN Security Watch

While India maintains that nuclear power is the best way to address its growing energy needs, it does not possess sufficient uranium to meet demand. Australia would make an ideal…

Ukraine’s Nuclear Safety and Uranium Production Back in the Spotlight

Apr 26, 2011 at 09:02 | Taras Berezowsky

The world observes the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster (April 26th, 1986) today, the worst nuclear accident in history. The Fukushima debacle in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami…

On the 25th Anniversary of the Chernobyl Disaster Old Nuclear Fears are Awakened

Apr 25, 2011 at 09:27 | RFE/RL staff

When reactor No. 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded 25 years ago, it seemed nuclear power might die with it. Around the world, people recoiled in horror as…

The Nuclear Industry Took a Wrong Turn: Could Fukushima Have Been Prevented?

Apr 19, 2011 at 08:21 | Kurt Cobb

Nuclear researchers knew long ago that reactor designs now in wide use had already been bested in safety by another design. Why did the industry turn its back on that…

Can Asia Live Without Nuclear Power

Apr 18, 2011 at 10:36 | Stuart Burns

Every time there is a spike in the cost of energy such as the ’73 crisis and the ’79/80 oil price spike — and then again in ‘07/08 — alternative…

Completely Wrong About Nuclear Power

Apr 13, 2011 at 09:04 | Ferdinand E. Banks

When the subject was oil, my students at the Asian Institute of Technology (Bangkok) were politely asked to study the situation in the United States. It told me everything I…

Nuclear Waste Storage in the Spotlight Following Fukushima

Apr 11, 2011 at 09:08 | Stuart Burns

Events at Fukushima in Japan have put the spotlight not just on nuclear power as a source of energy, but on the storage of nuclear waste. Some of the gravest…

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