The Market for Electricity is Rigged

…The Market for Electricity is Rigged… The preferential dispatch system used by many RTO/ISO grid operators favors wind and solar to the exclusion of critical baseload power from fossil fuel and nuclear power plants. Preferential dispatching is destructive because it Continue reading The Market for Electricity is Rigged

Controversial Fuel-Secure Rule

…Controversial Fuel-Secure Rule… Secretary Perry recently proposed a FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) rule that would help ensure grid reliability. The rule would allow “recovery of costs of fuel-secure generation units.” A fuel-secure unit would be a power plant that Continue reading Controversial Fuel-Secure Rule

There’s Hope for Nuclear Power

…There’s Hope for Nuclear Power… A nuclear power revival seems remote with the closing of existing nuclear power plants in the US, the stopping of construction of two new plants in South Carolina by SCANA Corp., and the possible stoppage Continue reading There’s Hope for Nuclear Power

Modular Nuclear Reactors

Proposed small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs) could revitalize the nuclear industry in the United States, assuming their costs can be substantially below the $6,000 per KW cost of traditional nuclear power plants, such as those being built in Georgia and Continue reading Modular Nuclear Reactors

The Final Nail?

When first introduced, electricity from nuclear power was to be too cheap to meter. Then, while the first nuclear power plants were being built, extensive delays and modifications resulted in large cost overruns. The utilities incurred these cost overruns, as Continue reading The Final Nail?

Russia: Leader in Nuclear Power

Russia is emerging as the worldwide leader in nuclear power. According to the international Atomic Energy Agency, 60 new nuclear power plants are being built around the world. Worldwide, there are around 440 nuclear power plants in operation, of which Continue reading Russia: Leader in Nuclear Power