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#14 – Market Failure & Nuclear Power

Clinton nuclear power plant

This month, Exelon decided to retire Clinton (photo above) and Quad Cities, OPPD decided to retire Fort Calhoun, and PG&E decided not to pursue license renewal for Diablo Canyon. The substantial public benefits from these six nuclear power reactors will be lost. This Commentary is about why […]

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June 2016 Update

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In the first half of 2016, NECG was involved in the CINTAC Nuclear Financing Workshop, the JAIF Annual Conference, and the IFNEC Nuclear Finance Conference. CINTAC – Global Nuclear Energy Financing Workshop, 11 March 2016, Washington DC Edward Kee was a panelist at the CINTAC Global Nuclear […]

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#13 – Davis-Besse


U.S. merchant nuclear power plants are losing money selling power into wholesale electricity markets. Two have retired early and more than a dozen are threatened. A recent state regulatory deal to save Davis Besse is promising, but faces challenges. The complicated cases and decisions discussed here are […]

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#12 – Nuclear flexibility

Ontario nuclear flexibility - Sep 2013

Ontario Nuclear Flexibility[1] Nuclear power plants usually operate in base load mode, but might enhance value by flexible operation. In September 2015, I participated in a brainstorming session at the U.S. Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI). The main topic of this session (and two earlier sessions) was how […]

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#11 – Nuclear power in summer

Washington DC

Summer in Washington DC Hot weather and a more relaxed approach, including this Commentary – 17 interesting things about nuclear power, with pictures.   See Buzz Feed post   1.  Sendai restart! Earlier this week (on 11 August 2015), the Sendai 1 nuclear power reactor was restarted […]

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#10 – U.S. government role in merchant nuclear

US Capitol

Merchant nuclear projects, created by U.S. electricity industry reform, sell power into electricity markets. Two merchant nuclear projects closed early (and permanently) in 2013 due to financial losses and others may retire early because of losses. Should the U.S. government to take action to prevent the early […]

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#9 – Nuclear Surrender?

White flag

A WSJ editorial, Rethinking the U.S. Surrender on Nuclear Power[1], suggests that the U.S. and other Western democracies have surrendered the nuclear power industry to Russia and China because of our approach to nuclear safety regulation. The editorial ignores other important factors leading to the difference in […]

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#8 Death of nuclear power – a foolish prediction


Motley Fool published an article, Did Exelon Corporation Just Quietly Admit That Nuclear Power Is Dead? [1] on 21 April 2015. The clickbait headline was followed by a shallow and flawed analysis of an Exelon gas turbine purchase and by a foolish recommendation that Exelon replace its […]

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#7 – Turkish Viewpoint

FCCJ - The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan

This Commentary is a guest post by Tom O’Sullivan of Mathyos in Tokyo. Tom attended a lunch meeting at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ) on 2 April 2015, where His Excellency, Ahmet Bülent Meriç, the Turkish Ambassador to Japan, spoke on “The Current Dynamics in […]

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#6 – U.S. state action on revenue certainty

#6 State Entities

Several U.S. states are moving to help merchant nuclear plants gain increased revenue certainty to prevent early retirement. Actions in four states, New York, Iowa, Ohio, and Illinois are discussed in this Commentary. My 4 February 2015 WNN editorial (“Can nuclear succeed in liberalized power markets?”) explained […]

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