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Reverse Auction Homework: Getting Familiar with Form 177

The FCC is trying to make good on its promise to let auction participants know what’s in store for them on the auction application front (and the reimbursement front, too – but that’s for a later post). Now it’s up to broadcasters to take advantage of what the FCC has given them.  As the Broadcast … Continue Reading

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

Plucking the low-hanging broadband policy fruit

Ever since moving to Asia last year I have been looking around for what was happening broadband policy wise and gradually realized how much work needs to be done in this area. Earlier this year I wrote an article for FibreSystems entitled The Many Paths of Asian Fiber. This was the beginning of a thought […]

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

The Death of International Voice Traffic

In the late ‘80s AT&T created a marketing campaign so effective that the phrase, “reach out and touch someone” became entrenched in our vocabulary, particularly when speaking about the power of telecommunications to connect people over long distances. But while AT&T urged people to metaphorically connect through its telephone service, advances in communications technology have [...]

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

Apple’s About-Face: New Productivity Oriented iPad Steals Microsoft’s Surface Thunder

In the collective mind of Apple, its competition in the tablet market has always been confused, trying to shove productivity into a device that is clearly made for consumption. In fact, company CEO Tim Cook famously quipped,  ”Our competition is confused. They’re turning tablets into PCs and PCs into tablets.”  As the late Steve Jobs [...]

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

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