Nuclear Power

Read Full Story The final draft version of the Japanese Government’s energy report reinforces atomic power’s role in the country’s future and falls short of advocating specific goals for renewable energy use.
Map of Fukushima evacuation zones
April 03, 2014
Here’s a pop quiz. How many people have died as a direct result of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident: A) 15,884, B) 1 or, C) 0? Until last week the correct answer was C but it can now be argued to be B as a worker at the wrecked nuclear plant died on Friday after being buried under gravel while digging a ditch. Answer A is actually the number of confirmed deaths as a result of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, which sort of puts things in perspective.
Japan's Kyushu Electric Power Co has become the second nuclear generator to seek state support this week as reactors across the country remain idled and industry losses mount three years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Reuters reported.
Ningbo from the river
March 20, 2014
Following the recent “Symposium on a New Type of Major Power Relationship” (see Beijing Charts), our Chinese hosts provided a tour of several cities and facilities, including factories producing solar panels and windmills. In Ningbo I wanted to stay in my hotel and write an op-ed on energy and climate, but was told this would be a major faux pas, so instead I stayed up one night writing World’s Greatest Crime Against Humanity and Nature. The city we visited that day, with population at least comparable to New York City, was bustling in development and construction.
Japan's nuclear regulator said Thursday it will prioritize restarting two reactors at Kyushu Electric Power Co's Sendai plant pending a final round of checks to ensure they meet new safety standards.
China wind power vs nuclear power prower production - 1995-2013
March 05, 2014
In China, wind power is leaving nuclear behind. Electricity output from China’s wind farms exceeded that from its nuclear plants for the first time in 2012, by a narrow margin. Then in 2013, wind pulled away—outdoing nuclear by 22 percent. The 135 terawatt-hours of Chinese wind-generated electricity in 2013 would be nearly enough to power New York State. Once China’s Renewable Energy Law established the development framework for renewables in 2005, the stage was set for wind’s exponential growth.
Read Full Story China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) has given initial approval of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for two more AP1000 nuclear reactors to be built at Haiyang Nuclear Power Plant near Yantai on the coast of Shandong Province.
Japan today unveiled a draft energy policy which calls nuclear power an “important” energy source for the country, but waters down the strong pro-nuke language in an earlier version of the bill.
Japan is now down to one nuclear reactor to supply electricity to its troubled power sector after the Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Monday took its last remaining reactor off line for regular maintenance, according to Germany’s Deutsche Welle. The No. 6 reactor at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa complex, the world's biggest nuclear power plant, has been shut down for maintenance by the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco), leaving only one of Japan's 54 commercial nuclear reactors online after last year's devastating earthquake and tsunami.
Japan and Vietnam on Monday reaffirmed their plan to build a nuclear power plant in the Southeast Asian country using Japanese technology, even as Tokyo still struggles to put the world's worst nuclear accident in 25 years under control, according to Reuters.