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May 21, 2017 to May 23, 2017
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Nuclear Power as A Carbon Reduction Strategy

Low Carbon, not Always Low Cost

Moody's Investors Service

Consider the current U.S. low power price environment as the country shifts away from coal and toward cleaner energy sources to reduce carbon emissions. What are the prospects that nuclear energy will continue to play a role in the U.S. power mix? That's the question that Michael Haggarty addressed in a recent report on global nuclear power generation.

Vegas Energy, Baby

Las Vegas, model of energy efficiency

John Hargrove

Having worked in Nevada for many years, I can assure you that Las Vegas is nothing if not mythical. Let’s break down some of those myths as they pertain to energy usage.

Frequency Control and ACE

Someone Else’s Problem Field

Charles Bayless

Thirty to forty percent renewable targets are inadequate to halt our steady descent into climate change and ocean acidification. It will require renewable levels of 80 to 90 percent, and international cooperation.

Energy People: Adam Sieminski

We talked with Adam Sieminski, Administrator at the Energy Information Administration

Adam Sieminski, with Pat McMurray

Adam Sieminski became the eighth administrator of the EIA in 2012. While awaiting confirmation as EIA administrator, Sieminski served as senior director for energy and environment on the staff of the National Security Council.

Nuclear Energy: Tastes like Chicken

Combo platter, nuclear and renewables, best deal on the menu

Tim Echols

In a world where carbon dioxide has become somehow toxic, carbon-free energy sources are sought after all over the world. Nuclear energy is the other white meat, so to speak. Renewable nuclear energy, which can be recycled, has great value and should be encouraged. Here are five things policy makers can do to enhance the taste of nuclear energy.

Reshaping Energy

Transition to Renewables Minimizing Societal Cost

Charles Bayless

Implementation of renewables is much more complex than simply replacing fossil fuel plants with renewables. We must transition to renewables. But let's make sure we transition to the package that minimizes total societal cost.

Estimating Benefits of Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Social Cost of Carbon

Steven Rose

In Paris at the end of 2015, the world’s governments decided to be more ambitious than ever on climate change. They set their sights on a goal of limiting the increase in average global temperature to well below two degrees Celsius. Countries committed to constrain their greenhouse gas emissions over the next 10 to 15 years.

Energy People: Jim Rogers

We talked with Jim Rogers, former CEO of Duke Energy.

Jim Rogers, with Steve Mitnick

Duke is now made up of five companies that existed in 1992. There are three difficult tasks in doing a successful combination. One is to negotiate it. The second, maybe the most difficult task, is actually getting the approval at both the state and federal levels. And lastly, the really hard work of combining the companies. It’s getting the cost savings as well as the revenue enhancements associated with the transaction. It is keeping the most talented people.

Energy People: Ken Gerling

We talked with Ken Gerling, vice president of transmission projects at Burns & McDonnell.

Ken Gerling, with Steve Mitnick

During his twenty-five-years at Burns & McDonnell, Ken Gerling has managed transmission projects with capital costs of nearly two billion dollars, and led teams with as many as three hundred and fifty members.

Action Needed Now To Prevent More Nuclear Plant Closures

Threat to nearly one-fifth of our nation’s ninety-nine reactors is real

Maria Korsnick

Individually, these closures are understandable financial decisions. But the cumulative impact endangers any chance of meeting U.S. climate change goals.