What have we learned in the four years since the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan?

Today marks the fourth anniversary of the devastating Great Japan East Earthquake and subsequent tsunami that killed many thousands of people, with thousands still missing, and triggered a triple-meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. A reported 250,000 people still remain displaced, with the Fukushima prefecture officially stating that over 118,000 Fukushima people are still [...]

“Reliable” Nuclear Reactor Shuts Down in Blizzard

Update #2: Pilgrim ended up being down for twelve days! Juno caused problems for the plant but ultimately, it appears that this nuclear plant just generally has problems and isn’t the “poster child” for reliability…read this article in “Cape Cod Today” for more. Update #1: Pilgrim, which creates enough power for up to 550,000 homes,  is still down [...]

Yes, America wants solar and wind, not nukes

This guest blog was originally published by Michael Mariotte, president of the Nuclear Information Resource Service (NIRS) in GreenWorld on January 16, 2015. Find the direct post here. The post references the recent, exciting news about a solar ballot initiative in Florida recently announced by the coalition Floridians for Solar Choice, of which the Southern [...]

TVA’s Watts Bar — the last old reactor of the 20th Century

At the end of October, I was able to attend a briefing of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Commissioners on the project status of TVA’s Watts Bar 2, which has been under construction since 1973 and was most recently “revived” in 2007. Amazingly, TVA and the nuclear industry is touting this as the first [...]

What do all nuclear reactors under construction in the U.S. have in common?

Hint: this isn’t a hard question to answer if you look back at the nuclear power industry’s track record. And the answer is? Drum roll please… All five nuclear reactors presently under construction in the U.S. are… delayed and over budget. That’s 100%! Every single one… SCANA now joins other utilities including Tennessee Valley Authority and [...]

Money and Power: How much will Georgia Power’s reactors cost us?

This editorial by Joeff Davis in Creative Loafing Atlanta was originally published on September 25, 2014 and the direct link can be accessed here. We appreciate receiving their approval to repost this as a SACE guest blog post. Money and Power – How much will Georgia Power’s reactors cost us? Have you glanced at your [...]

Gina McCarthy, the Power Plant Carbon Standards, and Reducing the Risks of Power Outages

This is a guest post by John Rogers, senior energy analyst with the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and co-manager of the Energy and Water in a Warming World Initiative (EW3) that looks at water demands of energy production in the context of climate change. SACE is an active partner with UCS on this critical [...]

Taxpayers in the dark and at risk from Vogtle nuclear loan guarantees

SACE’s High Risk Energy Choices program director, Sara Barczak, contributed to this blog post from Whitney Rappole, 2014 graduate of Emory Law School and former Turner Environmental Law Clinic student. As a student attorney at the Turner Environmental Law Clinic at Emory University School of Law, I was given the opportunity to join the Clinic in representing [...]

Nuclear Giant Exelon Blasts Wind

The public policy position of Exelon is to oppose subsidies for wind and solar while the company itself purports to be this super-green company and also wants more subsidies for nuclear. That’s just hypocritical.

Nuclear Giant Exelon Launches Front Group to Cover Its Assets

Why is the nuclear industry in such dire straits? Mainly because of cheap natural gas and dampened electricity demand due to energy efficiency programs and a sluggish economy. The most vulnerable plants are in states with deregulated electricity markets, such as Illinois. Unlike regulated utilities, which are guaranteed an annual rate of return, these “merchant” plants sell power on the wholesale market and are being underpriced by their competition.