Once again, we are proud to host the Carnival of Nuclear Energy Bloggers, right here at Yes Vermont Yankee. The Carnival is a compendium of nuclear blogs that rotates from blog site to blog site, and it is always a pleasure and an honor to host it.
I am happy to update it with new posts…and unhappy to update it with the news that the Fitzpatrick plant will close.
Nuke Power Talk -- Gail Marcus
Scary Energy Scenarios: My Real Fears on Halloween.
At Nuke Power Talk, Gail Marcus reflects on the Halloween holiday and conjures up futures that are scarier than ghosts and goblins. When short-sighted policies and misinformed views dominate energy decisions, these futures can go from being scary to--being scary and being real.
Salaries by Degree Field (Update---new post)
In another blog from Gail Marcus at Nuke Power Talk, she reports on the results of a salary survey by academic degree field. Engineering fields in general ranked high, and nuclear engineering was #2 for mid-career alumni out of 319 academic fields surveyed.
Energy Reality Project--Rick Maltese
Educating a new nuclear workforce: Guest post by Beth Kelly (Update--new post0
This is a post about filling new nuclear jobs in a hypothetical growing market. However, unless you assume that all nuclear plants in the country will close within ten years (an unwarranted assumption), you must notice that about half the workers at nuclear plants will retire within ten years. And that leads to job opportunities for younger workers.
Audio version of Chapter 8 of Maltese's book: Energy Reality, a Necessary Renaissance (Update--new post)
Rick Maltese is writing a book he titles Energy Reality: A Necessary Renaissance. He has been posting his chapters at patreon, a crowd-funding website. This is the first audio sample.
Atomic Insights-- Rod Adams
Several important nuclear energy developments from the Westinghouse press office
Westinghouse announced that the first two reactor coolant pumps for their AP1000 reactor have passed all qualification tests and should arrive at the Sanmen site in China for installation by Dec 31, 2015.
The next day, Westinghouse announced that they are buying the nuclear plant construction assets of CB&I, their partner at Plant Vogtle and VC Summer.
An excellent discussion of the facts and implications, and of course, a very lively comment stream.
Yes Vermont Yankee--Meredith Angwin (update, bad news)
Ginna continues operation, surcharges in context, and Fitzpatrick
The Ginna nuclear power plant has been received some financial relief, and will keep operating for at least another 18 months. Sadly, Entergy announced today that the Fitzpatrick plant will close (the post include links to articles about Fitzpatrick.) In this blog post, Angwin compares the financial relief to Ginna to other electricity surcharges, including Vermont's own local "Efficiency Vermont" charges (much higher than the Ginna per-household costs) and the cost of proposed carbon taxes.
ANS Nuclear Cafe--Ted Besmann
The Power of Nuclear Energy
In this post, Besmann describes some of the economic hazards that currently face the U.S. fleet of nuclear plants. The EPA proposed clean power rule gives less than 6% credit to emissions reduction from nuclear plants, for example. At the same time, the EPA claims that it would be worth paying an extra $12 to $17 dollars per ton of CO2 that is not emitted. But this monetary value is theoretical and not available to nuclear plants.