News & Articles on Nuclear Power

Nuclear is not renewable, but it’s listed here for organizational reasons. I wasn’t really interested in nuclear, didn’t think it had any future, and that it was effectively dead. I wasn’t writing about it. However, like a vampire, nuclear kept rising from the grave and stalking the land. Talk continued of reviving it one more time. This talk had a real effect on public policy in North America, especially in Ontario, Canada. Thus, I felt it necessary to include nuclear topics and this was the place on my web site where it was easiest to insert

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Jérôme Guillet on Substack

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Jérôme Guillet

Insightful analysis by an authority on wind energy and energy policy with extensive experience in the offshore wind sector.

Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant, Middletown, Pennsylvania.circa 1976.

The duck in the room – the end of baseload

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Jérôme Guillet

There’s simply no space left for new (or even, soon, old) nuclear

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The revolving door at public utilities commissions? It’s alive and well

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Of the 473 commissioners for whom Heern could find information on what they did after they left utility regulation, 50% of them went to work for one of the industries they regulated, or in an industry-adjacent role such as consulting. “That revolving door is definitely alive and well,” Heern told me.

Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant, Middletown, Pennsylvania.circa 1976.

The real lesson about the end of nuclear in Germany–The end of baseload is coming

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Jérôme Guillet

A lot of articles about the closure of the last German nuclear power plants have emphasized the cost in carbon emissions of closing nuclear plants rather than coal (more precisely: lignite) plants: see for instance Jean-Marc Jancovici, the highly publicized French pundit.

Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant, Middletown, Pennsylvania.circa 1976.

Nuclear Power Is a Dead End. We Must Abandon It Completely.

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Paul Hockenos

Amid a confluence of crises—the Ukraine war, an energy crisis, and climate breakdown—nuclear energy is experiencing a renaissance, at least in the rhetoric of politicians and pundits across Europe, North America, and beyond. After all, it’s tempting to propose these generators of low-carbon energy as a panacea to this daunting phalanx of calamities. But in fact, the case against nuclear power and for genuinely renewable energies has never been so conclusive—and so important. In early March, Russia captured the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine—the largest in Europe with six reactors, each the size of the one that melted down in the 1986 Chernobyl disaster—and transformed it into an army base from which it fires artillery at Ukrainian positions.

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Ontario’s deepening hydro mess

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Mark Winfield

The Ford government is surprisingly unwilling to explore renewable energy projects despite the wide range of options available to it.

EDF – the strategic questions and to-do list

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Jérôme Guillet

Following my previous post on EDF’s woes and their impact on the European market, here’s a list of topics, both practical and political, that the company needs to deal, and their domestic impact in France.

EDF cuts output at nuclear power plants as French rivers get too warm

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Julia Kollewe

Company says it is reducing production for few hours where possible as ability to cool plants is restricted

EDF’s woes are a bigger long term problem for EU energy than the war in Ukraine

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Jérôme Guillet

France is looking at many dark years. All the criticism one can hear about Germany’s decision to close down its nuclear plants misses the fact that gas supply is not the problem for the power sector: the real problem is French nuclear, which allows high gas prices to cause power price increases across the board.

Diablo Canyon’s New Lease on Life

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Nick Welsh

PG&E’s Nuclear Power Plant in Avila Beach Gets Stay of Execution Ahead of 2025 Shutdown