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Against Eco-Austerity

Leigh Phillips, whose book I loved, has a great op-ed in the Guardian this week arguing against "eco-austerity." Phillips' socialist argument in favor of growth and technology is a fascinating one: It is true that the right-wing Pollyannas...Show More Summary

Labor and Business perspectives from White House Summit on Nuclear Energy – Liz Shuler (AFL-CIO) and Danny Roderick (Westinghouse)

On November 6, 2015, a Friday afternoon, the White House hosted a Summit on Nuclear Energy. The seats in the conference room had been filled before much information about the event had been released, but the organizers provided a live stream on the web. Show More Summary

An Arc to the Future via COP21

Yesterday, NEI and the Christian Science Monitor sponsored a public meeting to offer a preview of the upcoming COP21 conference. It proved to be exceptionally edifying because the speakers cut straight through the rhetoric surrounding the conference to discuss what is most likely to be accomplished rather than what might be wished for. Show More Summary

Does the Internet Save Energy or Not?

I was fascinated by this well-researched analysis of the energy usage of the Internet over at Low-Tech Magazine. Essentially, author Kris De Decker argues that the Internet is a case of high rebound, where improvements in energy efficiency...Show More Summary

Ensuring Seismic Safety at America's Nuclear Power Plants

Timothy Rausch The following is a guest post by Timothy Rausch, Talen Energy’s Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer Companies that operate America’s nuclear energy facilities today have made significant progress in their evaluations...Show More Summary

Refueling Outages: Delivering Fresh Fuel and Electricity Reliability

John Keeley Outage management at nuclear power plants over the years has evolved into a sophisticated and meticulously chronicled endeavor, carried out over the course of about 30 days. This month I am being afforded an insider's view...Show More Summary

Joining the Nuclear Workforce at Palo Verde

NEI's John Keeley In January 2014 NEI made a remarkable investment in my professional development, shipping me out to Arizona for a month so that I could take Plant Systems Training offered by the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station. Show More Summary

Addressing the World’s Flare Gas Problem

This week Robert Rapier updates readers on his company's efforts to address the global flare gas problem.

Sorry, George Carlin, Plastic Is Biodegradable

Marian L. Tupy Remember George Carlin’s hilarious skit about plastics? Here is the transcript: “The planet … is a self-correcting system. The air and the water will recover, the earth will be renewed. And if it’s true that plastic is not degradable, well, the planet will simply incorporate plastic into a new paradigm: the earth plus plastic. Show More Summary

A Clear Signal for COP21 Negotiators

The following is a guest post from NEI Senior Vice President of Communications Scott Peterson, reporting from the 59th General Conference of the IAEA. Scott Peterson With the 21st session of Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United...Show More Summary

Nuclear facts and feelings in pink and green by Sunniva Rose

Sunniva Rose is a nuclear engineer working on her PhD at the University of Oslo. She is also a talented public speaker who likes to capture her audience’s attention, partially by choosing colors like pink and green to highlight facts about nuclear energy, deaths per terawatt hour, and growth in human population. Show More Summary

Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Can Make Electric Turbines Greener

Sandia National Laboratory will host a turbine that can improve energy efficiency by 40 percent

Nuclear Energy for This Generation, and Beyond

Tiffany Williams is a security operations supervisor at Entergy’s Waterford 3 nuclear facility and has worked in the nuclear industry for more than 18 years. She started her career as a fire watch contractor and held other positions increasing in responsibility including nuclear security officer and alarm station operator. Show More Summary

Sad-ending story of EBR-II told by three of its pioneers

During the period between 1961 and 1994, an extraordinary machine called the Experimental Breeder Reactor 2 (EBR-II) was created and operated in the high desert of Idaho by a team of dedicated, determined, and distinguished people. In...Show More Summary

Refreshed Safety Messaging at Diablo Canyon

The cornerstone of safety in the nuclear industry is safety culture. It's identified as the core values and behaviors resulting from a collective commitment by leaders and individuals to emphasize safety over competing goals, to ensure protection of people and the environment. Show More Summary

Google Introduces Project Sunroof

Google's new solar energy calculator provides a simple answer to a tricky question

Who said modular construction would save money on first of a kind units?

On July 27, 2015, the Wall St. Journal published an article written by Rebecca Smith titled Prefab Nuclear Plants Prove Just as Expensive. That piece has been widely shared and discussed on social media with more than 2700 shares on Facebook and more than 150 shares on Twitter as counted from the original article. Show More Summary

Southern Exposure 2015: The Value of Emergency Preparedness Exercises

The following is a guest post by Sue Perkins-Grew, Senior Director, Emergency Preparedness and Risk Assessment at the Nuclear Energy Institute.“Preparedness” is at the core of the nuclear energy industry culture, one reason why reactor operators have a half century of safe operations in the United States. Show More Summary

How a Bias for Action Led to an Innovative Alternative to External Filtered Vents

Maria Korsnick The following is a guest post by Maria Korsnick, NEI’s Chief Operating Officer.During the five years that I was chief nuclear officer at Constellation Energy, my first priority was to ensure that our plants operated safely and reliably in order to protect public health and safety. Show More Summary

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