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No Climate Solution Without Nuclear, Experts Say

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Jarret Adams is an independent consultant to the energy industry. He has more than 20 years of international professional experiene in journalism and communications.

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Bob Meinetz on Nov 26, 2015

Jarret, this Thanksgiving I’m thankful for the recent wave of support for the source of energy capable of addressing the most critical imperative of our time, one with implications tens of thousands of years into the future.

I grew up in Illinois, home of the Manhattan Project and probably the most unabashedly pro-nuclear state in the Union. In the 1960s substantial portions of school science classes were devoted to what fission was, and why it was the energy of the future. Today, Illinois generates more than half of its electricity carbon-free despite being rich in coal and poor in renewable resources.

Thank you for this well-written contribution in support of nuclear energy today. Let’s hope many other voices join yours – and more importantly, those who make the big decisions in energy are listening.

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Keith Pickering on Nov 27, 2015

Minor quibbles: France’s share of low-carbon electricity is 95%, not 97%, according to your cited source. This error may arise because generation from renewables is actually at 18% and not 20%.

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Leo Klisch on Nov 27, 2015

We need a CO2 tax that will support reliable, safe nuclear policy/technology that ensures an environmentally benign nuclear fuel cycle, plant rebuilding or decommissioning with responsible long term waste storage. The same tax will also support all the other carbon free/low carbon energy, even CCS if it ever gets scaled up. This would also support a high efficiency economy without utilities needing to build distribution costs into generation cost, allowing a business disconnect between generation and distribution.

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Bob Meinetz on Nov 28, 2015

Op/ed in New York Times today: The New Atomic Age We Need

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Jarret Adams on Nov 29, 2015

Thank you for your kind comment, Bob. I am hopeful too.

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Jarret Adams on Nov 29, 2015

Good catch Keith! There was some conflicting info in that report. Will try to revise if possible. Thanks.

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Nathan Wilson on Nov 30, 2015

“…a business disconnect between generation and distribution.”

Yes, I think we are headed in that direction.   With growing use of behind-the-meter distributed generation, the only way to fairly share the cost of electricity distribution (and grid generation capacity adequacy) is via a billing charge that depends only on peak-hour peak demand.  There is no benefit to giving customers a discount for not using the distribution grid on a sunny Spring day if the grid is not stressed at that time.  We’ll have to economically reward the baseload customers for using the distribution grid efficiently and economically punish those user who buy all of their daily usage in the evenings when the grid is congested, or worse yet, some particularly burdensome users might buy all of their annual usage on just a few dozen cloudy days.

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Willem Post on Dec 7, 2015


I agree with you regarding nuclear having a major role in future, worldwide, energy generation. Also we need to electrify more of our economy, and make it more efficient.

The Jacobson/Delucchi duo, of “100% RE by 2050” fame, are in Paris defending their studies, which are, in my opinion, hogwash. They want to have 50% wind 45% solar, 5% misc., for ALL of US energy, not just electrical energy, and claim they can do all this at less LCOE than BAU.

Their scheme of having CSP w/storage in the US southwest to provide most of the peaking, filling-in and balancing anywhere, anytime would require an HVDC overlay grid system stretching all the way to northern Maine, about 10,000 miles of system @ $7.5 million/mile = $75 BILLION.

It is barely mentioned in the report. In fact any OTHER grid system costs are also not mentioned in the report.

Here is an article that totally debunks that premise. It is rather long, but worth the A to Z read. If you like it mark the like button, as I did with your article:

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