Nuclear Power

China is working to form a 300-member state-level rescue team specialized in nuclear emergencies, said a senior official here Monday. This team will respond to "serious nuclear accidents in complicated circumstances", said Yao Bin, head of the nuclear emergency and security division under the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND).
Anti-nuclear protests in Taipei
April 28, 2014
Just days after “reaffirming” his government’s to developing sustainable energy and the green economy, Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou is having to fend off strident protest over his energy policies. Protesters took to the streets of Taipei over the weekend to demand construction of Tawian’s Lungmen nuclear power plant be stopped because of earthquake concerns. On Sunday, tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered near the Presidential Office Building, chanting “Stop Nuclear Plant No. 4, Return Power to the People.” Organizers said about 50,000 protesters participated while police estimated the crowd at 28,500 at its peak.
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.