[ RadSafe ] FW: status of nuclear power world wide

Conway Lowe Family conlowe at bell.net
Wed Jan 20 12:58:52 CST 2016

Dear Radsafe,

Yes, homeowners with solar and/or wind generators can sell power back to the power grid, at least in the province of Ontario (population of 13.8 M) where a large premium is paid to such generators.  The idea was to stimulate the expansion of such renewable resources, but the costs have been high.

Fortunately, with a present total of over 35,000 MWe of  total installed capacity (including the Bruce Nuclear station, the largest nuclear power generating site in the world), most of Ontario's power is GHG emission-free nuclear - over 60% in the last few years - with only about 6% and <1% from wind and solar, respectively, in 2015. [See http://www.ieso.ca/Pages/Power-Data/Supply.aspx ]  Wind and solar power will increase, but they can’t provide enough 24-hour power.  Due to nuclear, Ontario  has been able to close out 100% of its GHG-emitting coal-fired plants.
Many of the public apparently still want to phase out nuclear, but that's not going to happen, at least for a while yet.    Some of the present nuclear stations are slated to undergo refurbishment which will extend their lifetimes , e.g. see http://www.opg.com/news-and-media/news-releases/Documents/20160111_DarlingtonRefurb.pdf

Leo Lowe

-----Original Message-----
From: Joseph Preisig [mailto:jrpnj01 at gmail.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 1:53 PM
To: The International Radiation Protection (Health Physics) Mailing List <radsafe at health.phys.iit.edu>
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] status of nuclear power world wide

     I see lately that India has ordered 6 more nuclear plants, and the number of nuclear engineering want ads on the internet is quite high (2600 on one site)....google nuclear engineer and
jobs     (see the indeed listings)....
     On the USGS website a while back, they spoke of significant deposits of Uranium in South Texas (USA)....Get out your rad detector, those of you in south Texas???  Electric cars are nice, and fairly expensive.  Are there electric car charging-stations along the typical highway???
     The price of solar energy per unit of energy continues to go downward, fairly rapidly.  Solar researchers are still making discoveries in making solar cells cheaper.  But can the average homeowner afford to go solar, even with the various rebate programs.???  There are now battery storage systems which can be bought with solar panels, to help you get through a
Sun-free day, or possibly through the Winter months.   In 40 years, can one
recycle their solar panels and/or solar battery systems???  What will be the effects on the environment???
     I see claims by homeowners with solar energy systems, that they actually sell energy back to the Power Grid.  If true, this is pretty cool.  Have a good week.
     Joe Preisig

On Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 1:04 PM, Franz Schönhofer < franz.schoenhofer at chello.at> wrote:

> Anybody involved or interested in nuclear power worldwide should 
> subscribe to the site www.world-nuclear-news.org. It provides 
> information about all aspects of what is going on in this field – from 
> uranium resources, the mining industry, financial aspects, contracts 
> for supplies of both uranium and equipment or entire power plants. 
> Furthermore there are very useful statistics on nuclear electricity 
> generation and the status of spent nuclear fuel disposal. For me as a 
> non US“ citizen it is most appealing that it covers the situation 
> world wide exhaustibly not only the USA, ignoring the “rest of the 
> world”!!! (Pun intended.) Unfortunately  the “greens” do never read 
> such sites. They very successfully distribute opinions like “Nuclear 
> power is worldwide on decline” and “will be  phased out within ten, 
> twenty, thirty ...years”, hailing photovoltaic and windmill generated 
> electricity as the solution to our future electricity supply in spite of facts, the latest hype being the electric cars....
> Happy reading!
> Franz
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