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India’s Plan to Build 12 New Nuclear Reactors Is Fraught With Risk


Projects at Kovvada and Mithi Virdi Are Not Economically or Financially Viable


We’ve just published a report that explores what we believe are unacceptably high risks and costs of the Indian government’s proposal to build 12 new nuclear reactors. Our study, “Bad Choice: The Risks, Costs and Viability of Proposed U.S. Nuclear Reactors in India,” finds the plan, which would put six reactors each at Kovvada and […]

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Report: FirstEnergy Seeks a Subsidized Turnaround

FirstEnergy: A Major Utility Seeks a Subsidized Turnaround (pdf) By Tom Sanzillo, Director of Finance and Cathy Kunkel, Fellow Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

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Briefing note: Fossil fuels, energy transition & risk

 Briefing note: Fossil fuels, energy transition & risk (pdf)

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On the Blogs: Georgia Power’s Nuclear Expansion Project Faces Delays

From Wamsted on Energy: Georgia Power executives certainly won’t say it and Georgia’s utility regulators certainly won’t acknowledge it, but the reality is there are going to be additional delays at Vogtle 3&4—the already delayed and over budget new nuclear project being built by Westinghouse for the Southern Company subsidiary and a consortium of Georgia […]

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In Closure of Diablo Canyon Power Plant, a Concession That the Future Is Not Nuclear

Ivan Penn and Samantha Masunaga for the Los Angeles Times: One of California’s largest energy utilities took a bold step in the 21st century electricity revolution with an agreement to close its last operating nuclear plant and develop more solar, wind and other clean power technologies. The decision announced Tuesday by Pacific Gas & Electric […]

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IEEFA Data Bite: Wind on the Rise, Coal on the Wane

A State-by-State Snapshot Shows Two Trends of Note

As coal dependence falters in the U.S., wind-powered electricity generation is on the rise. In less than a decade, the mix of fuels used for generating electricity has gone a major shift. The two maps below show where the changes are most marked. Twelve states, most of them in the wind-rich Great Plains or the […]

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Cost Fears About New N-Reactors

From the Times of Calcutta: A US-based energy think-tank has questioned the financial viability of the American nuclear reactors India hopes to procure from General Electric-Hitachi and Toshiba-Westinghouse for sites in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat, claiming the electricity they generate will be expensive. The proposed nuclear projects at Mithi Virdi (Gujarat) and Kovvada (Andhra Pradesh) […]

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India’s Plan to Build 12 New Nuclear Reactors Is Fraught With Risk


Projects at Kovvada and Mithi Virdi Are Not Economically or Financially Viable


We’ve just published a report that explores what we believe are unacceptably high risks and costs of the Indian government’s proposal to build 12 new nuclear reactors. Our study, “Bad Choice: The Risks, Costs and Viability of Proposed U.S. Nuclear Reactors in India,” finds the plan, which would put six reactors each at Kovvada and […]

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Five Years After Fukushima, Debate Over Nuclear Safety in Japan

By Andrew Coffman Smith for SNL: Five years on from the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdowns and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is lauding progress in implementing post-Fukushima safety measures. A critical report, meanwhile, is accusing regulators of abdicating their watchdog responsibilities and plant operators of undermining safety. Speaking March 8, three days before the anniversary […]

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U.S. Phase-out of Coal ‘Has Only Just Begun’

Michael Bloomberg and Michael Brune for CNN: Here’s some good news that many Americans may not realize: Domestically, we are winning the fight against the carbon pollution that drives climate change. And by doing so, we are giving President Obama a strong hand to play when world leaders gather at the U.N.’s climate summit in […]

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WSJ: Utilities Continue to Seek Ratepayer Bailouts for Aging Nuclear Plants

The Wall Street Journal has an article of note up on its website that documents how utility companies are moving aggressively to get regulatory approval of rate structures designed to subsidize aging fleets of nuclear power plants. Rebecca Smith writes that the trend is especially apparent in Illinois, New York and Ohio. Smith quotes, among […]

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Why the Nuclear Industry Is Attacking Renewables Instead of Natural Gas

Midwest Energy News has a deep dive this afternoon into how and why the nuclear industry is going after renewable-energy development rather than natural-gas producers. The piece describes how Exelon Corp. and FirstEnergy in particular are funding and orchestrating the campaign. The article, by Kari Lydersen, says the campaign is especially intense in Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Excerpts: […]

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Fury in Cleveland Over FirstEnergy Rate Plan

John Funk of the Cleveland Plain Dealer does yeoman’s work today in coverage of a hearing last night over FirstEnergy’s plan to put ratepayers on the hook for its flagging business model. Funk describes a five-hour hearing at which most of the 70 people who testified before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio expressed opposition […]

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