February 14 Energy News

February 14, 2013

Science and Technology:

¶   The Most Influential Climate Science Paper Today Remains Unknown to Most People. Nevertheless, it is transforming the climate change debate, prompting the financial world to rethink the value of the world’s fossil fuel reserves and giving environmental activists a moral argument for action. [Inside Climate News]


¶   The World Wide Fund for Nature (formerly World Wildlife Fund) has a report detailing how Europe could cut its carbon emissions by 50% from 1990 levels by 2030, putting it on track to be based 100% on renewable energy by 2050. [Electric Light & Power]

¶   The German environment and economy ministers have agreed on measures to curb rises in energy prices before the national election in September. [Reuters]

¶   The Japanese Nuclear Regulation Authority will inspect a building at Fukushima Daiichi to determine whether the tsunami or the earthquake caused reactor meltdowns. A year ago, TEPCO lied about conditions in the building, apparently to prevent an inspection at that time. [Asahi Shimbun]

¶   The estimated cost of decommissioning the UK’s Sellafield nuclear facility is now £67.5 Billion over the next 30 years. [Spend Matters UK/Europe]

¶   Parts of a wall and roof collapsed at the Chernobyl nuclear plant because of heavy snow. The collapse took place in a protective building outside the sarcophagus for the reactor that exploded, and not in an area where nuclear materials were contained. [Kyiv Post]


¶   One thing was notably left out of the state of the union address. The president talked about climate change, and mentioned solar, wind, and natural gas, but did not mention nuclear power at all. [World Nuclear News]

¶   PacifiCorp and the California ISO will work together to create an Energy Imbalance Market in which large geographic areas will engage in energy sharing to reduce the effects of intermittent power generation and produce a balanced overall grid. [Greentech Media]

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