Under PressureFrance wants to export nuclear reactors. Who will buy them?
franceEuropean Pressurized Reactor (EPR)=most advanced and maybe the safest nuclear
Areva=France’s state owned nuclear champion. First ever operating loss in 2011. The world’s
only one stop nuclear shop.
Areva’s most profitable market is Europe but ppl are nervous and Germany, Switzerland, and
Belgium all abandoned it.
lower natural gas prices
serious carbon curbs are not anywhere in sight
even before Fukushima, EPR’s steep prices were deterring customers
highlighted the importance of having safer reactors (like EPR) but
highlighted the need for fully passive safety systems (ones that do not use external
power) and EPR doesn’t have this
in the coming years, the biggest consumers will be developing countries (price is crucial).
Areva faces trouble at home too
Electricte de France (EDF) working with China
What Fukushima Really Teaches Us About Radiation
the consequences of Fukushima were mitigated by the wind (it blows east towards pacific ocean)
The Denver comparison doesn’t hold true because they are exposed to gamma rays and Japan
was exposed to radioactive elements
We don’t know the true toll of Fukushima. All it proved was that it’s good if the wind is blowing
away from the ppl.
Going Green? Then Go Nuclear
pretending that solar power is ready for prime time is delusional
the cost of electricity from solar panels has declined a lot while the cost of building new nuclear
plants has risen.
Germany is a frontier in solar power
solar electricity in Germany will cost 5 times more for every kilowatt hr of electricity than
Finland’s new nuclear plant
solar panels only have expected lifetime of 2530 years and lose half a percent of their efficiency
doesn’t mean we should give up on solar.
only 2 countries that achieved emissions reductions at a good rate: France and Sweden and both
did it by using nuclear energy.
US Electricity Use on Wane
Americans are using more gadgets but electricity use is barely growing.
Energy Information Administration is projecting that electricity use in the US will rise
0.6%/year for industrial users and 0.7% for households thru 2040 electricity production in US fell in 2008 and 2009 and then increased slightly in 2010 and then
fell again in 2011
before electricity use was viewed as a barometer of economic growth but now, there is a push for
energy efficient motors
another reason: erosion of US manufacturing (more efficient and companies produced fewer
might be helping the environment since most of the electricity still comes from burning fossil
some companies are pouring money into highvoltage transmission lines (superhighways for
electricity). Bc it’s not dependent on electricity load growth.
other companies are slashing spending on nuclear plant expansions and renewable energy
AEP is focusing on shorter projects blessed by federal regulators that eliminate grid bottlenecks
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