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Japan Nuclear Plants Not Affected by Strong Quake

Japan Atomic Power Co and Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) reported no irregularities at their three nuclear plants in eastern Japan following a magnitude 5.6 quake that hit north of Tokyo on Tuesday.
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Norway Losing Out to Sweden in $6 Billion Wind-Power Boom

Divergent tax policies mean Norway risks missing out on most of a $6 billion wind-power boom while neighboring Sweden benefits.

 

Norway, which aims to triple wind capacity by the end of the decade, has erected one turbine for every seven installed in Sweden since the countries signed a pact to share renewable production two years ago. Norway, western Europe’s biggest oil and gas producer, has so far installed less than 10 percent of what it’s expected to complete by 2020 under the accord.

 

The countries’ mismatched tax rules threaten to deny Norway investment in an industry where jobs will triple by 2030, according to the European Wind Energy Association in Brussels. While Statkraft AS, Norway’s state-owned power company, didn’t build any wind projects in its home country in the eight years through 2013, it spent as much as 7.5 billion kroner ($1.2 billion) on turbines in Sweden.

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Biggest Solar Project Falls as Australia Reviews Policy

Plans to build the world’s largest solar power plant of its kind have been scrapped in Australia after the developers raised concerns about the government’s commitment to clean energy.
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Will you soon be asked to share your utility communications network? (With a water department for instance)

Will you soon be asked to share your utility communications network? (With a water department for instance) | Nuclear & Renewables | Scoop.it

...this recent story from Itron has at least three important implications.

 

First, an electric power utility is sharing its communications network with a separate entity (a city’s water department). This is such an obvious way for a utility to share both the benefits and the costs of smart meter communications. It’s sad that so many regulators and so many utilities continue to use outdated rules as an excuse to block something that is so obviously right.

 

Second, the water department is taking advantage of managed services. I believe more and more small to mid-sized utilities will start looking for ways to outsource the human and computer costs of modernization. Why build your own data centers and hire your own high-priced operators when you can pay by the month to have experts do it for you? Especially since managed services give a small utility access to the same sophisticated software and analytics as a large utility.

 

Third, we may finally be at the point that water utilities will start seriously considering smart water networks. Especially if they can reduce their upfront capital costs via managed services and other techniques. When they do, I hope they’ll look to their region’s electric power utilities for ideas and cost sharing.  

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U.K. Wind Generated Record 22% of Electricity Yesterday

U.K. wind turbines generated a record 22 percent of the country’s electricity yesterday, beating the 24-hour record for the second time in a week, the RenewableUK industry group said.
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German nuclear plants to be shut

German nuclear plants to be shut | Nuclear & Renewables | Scoop.it
Germany says all of its nuclear power plants will be shut by 2022 in the wake of the Fukushima crisis in Japan, reversing an earlier policy.
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History Industry News: European Support Rises | National Nuclear Laboratory

European support for nuclear power has grown by 7% in the last three years, and now virtually balances opposition. Over one third of opposition would vanish with an understanding of waste solutions.


The overall figures of 44% in favour and 45% opposed to the use of nuclear power in the European Union's 27 member states is an improvement from 37% in favour and 55% opposed in 2005. About 30% of the EU's electricity comes from 146 nuclear reactors operating in 15 of its member states.

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Balfour reaffirms Carillion snub

Balfour reaffirms Carillion snub | Nuclear & Renewables | Scoop.it
UK construction firm Balfour Beatty has repeated its rejection of a takeover approach from rival Carillion.
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Russian officials: numerous shortcomings at nuclear plants near Finland

Russian officials: numerous shortcomings at nuclear plants near Finland | Nuclear & Renewables | Scoop.it

Inspections of Russian nuclear power plants have revealed serious shortcomings in the safety of the plants – particularly in the preparations for earthquakes and other natural disasters.
The difficulties emerge in a report by the Russian state-owned nuclear energy company Rosatom, which was acquired by the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten.
The paper wrote on Sunday that many of the problems apply to Russian nuclear installations in general. However, the greatest risks are in old reactors located in areas near Finland and Norway – on the Kola Peninsula and the St. Petersburg region.

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EDF boosted by higher nuclear output - Financial Times

EDF boosted by higher nuclear output - Financial Times | Nuclear & Renewables | Scoop.it
EDF boosted by higher nuclear output Financial Times EDF held steady its full-year guidance despite last month's decision by the socialist French government to block a planned increase in power tariffs, with the utility reporting results in the...
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Power Plants Heading Out to Sea in Post-Fukushima Japan

Power Plants Heading Out to Sea in Post-Fukushima Japan | Nuclear & Renewables | Scoop.it

One of the biggest hurdles to building new power plants in Japan is finding a place that’s safe from earthquakes and tsunamis. That place may turn out to be 30 miles at sea.

 

Sevan Marine ASA (SEVAN), a Norwegian builder of offshore oil-drilling vessels, is proposing a $1.5 billion natural gas-fired power plant that will float on a cylindrical platform bigger than a football field moored off the Japanese coast.

 

It’s one of several innovative efforts Japan is considering for generating electricity after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011 prompted widespread public concern over how the country will produce electricity -- and where. Already, plans are being made to dot the coast off Fukushima with some of the largest floating wind turbines in the world.

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Over £200 million boost for renewables - Press releases - GOV.UK

Over £200 million boost for renewables - Press releases - GOV.UK | Nuclear & Renewables | Scoop.it

Energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey also revealed in recent weeks that DECC remains committed to the promotion of more renewable energy projects up and down the country in the years ahead.

As such, he unveiled a new £200 million annual investment into the sector as part of the government's ongoing reform of the UK electricity market.

 

The money is to be targeted at increasing the nation's green energy capacity and is being provided in line with the first round of funding as part of the new Contracts for Difference (CfD) initiative. In addition, a further £50 million has been promised to be made available in the next CfD auction in 2015 and up to £1 billion for projects over the next 15 years.

 

"These projects will create green jobs and green growth, reduce our reliance on foreign-controlled volatile energy markets and make sure bill payers get the best possible deal," Mr Davey concluded.

 

The funding will be used to promote new renewable energy technologies, as the government looks to ensure it gets back on track to meet its binding targets for carbon emissions reduction and helps to reduce the burden of consumer energy bills, while at the same time seeking new methods for bolstering energy security for the nation as a whole.

 

Overall, DECC figures suggest this ongoing investment could help to reduce average consumer energy bills by as much as six per cent from present levels by 2030.

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Renewables Set New Records

Renewables Set New Records | Nuclear & Renewables | Scoop.it

According to Renewables International, a trade publication, solar generation grew by 28% in the first half of 2014 compared to 2013 and wind by 19% over the same period last year. Solar and wind alone made up 17% of power generation, up from around 12% in 2013. No wonder thermal generators are looking for some form of capacity payment scheme – just to stay in business. While some renewables, wind and solar in particular, are intermittent by nature, their capacity factors have gradually improved over time. As reported in Outlook for renewable energy in America, a 2014 report by the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), even wind and solar technologies are expected to reach respectable levels by 2018, while geothermal and biomass plants operate as base load. 

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Energy Department Reports Highlight Strength of U.S. Wind Energy Industry

Energy Department Reports Highlight Strength of U.S. Wind Energy Industry | Nuclear & Renewables | Scoop.it

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. continues to be a global leader in wind energy, ranking second in installed capacity in the world, according to two reports released today by the Department of Energy. Wind power is a key component of the nation’s all-of-the-above strategy to reduce carbon pollution, diversify our energy economy, and bring innovative technologies on line. With increasing wind energy generation and decreasing prices of wind energy technologies, the U.S. wind energy market remains strong and the U.S. is moving closer to doubling renewable electricity generation from energy resources like wind power yet again by 2020.

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Growing support for nuclear France

Support for nuclear power amongst the French public is on the rise. However, although twice as many people now favour nuclear energy than oppose it, half of the population remains uncommitted.
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Gradual growth in US support for nuclear

Support for nuclear energy in the USA is gradually approaching pre-Fukushima levels, a new public opinion poll shows. Some 65% of Americans now favour the use of nuclear, compared with 71% before the accident.
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Nuclear Construction: Never On Time, Or Budget

Nuclear Construction: Never On Time, Or Budget | Nuclear & Renewables | Scoop.it

It seems to be a recurring trend  After years where nobody was building any, 4 new reactors are under construction in the US, supported by all manner of support, subsidies, government loan guarantees and you name it. Much rests on how these 4 reactors will turn out in terms of getting built on schedule and on budget. But as often happens with complicated construction projects, they are falling behind, and by all indications, will cost more than originally estimated... 

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EDF shuts two nuclear power stations

EDF shuts two nuclear power stations | Nuclear & Renewables | Scoop.it
Electricity company EDF temporarily shuts down two of its nuclear power stations, Heysham 1 and Hartlepool.
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Nuclear innovation centre site found

Nuclear innovation centre site found | Nuclear & Renewables | Scoop.it
A site is secured and building work will begin soon on an innovation centre in Bridgwater for companies involved in the construction of a new nuclear power station. (RT @WessexInfo: How can your #SME capitalise on the construction of Hinkley Point C?
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