Oops! Real reason for Exelon-Pepco merger inadvertently revealed

exelonpepcobaltsuncorrectionOops. Exelon’s nuclear cat was inadvertently let out of its radioactive bag by the Baltimore Sun today.

The Sun was supposed to run an ad last Thursday in support of the proposed takeover of mid-Atlantic utility Pepco by Exelon. The ad was supposed to show that some sort of local coalition of community groups support the merger.

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Rooftop solar benefits all ratepayers

solar-panels-installed-on-rooftopWe’re pleased to repost, with permission, this post that was published yesterday by David Schlissel and Karl Cates of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. We linked to this post yesterday on Facebook and Twitter, and it was the day’s most popular link for us. Still, we thought it deserves a wider audience. We’ve talked about this issue a lot on GreenWorld, but mostly in a rather peripheral fashion–we thought it would be of interest to our readers to see the issue explored in more detail. And see below this post for some great news about the growth of rooftop solar.

The utility and fossil-fuel industries continue to spread a crude canard against the growing popularity of rooftop solar across America.

The lie goes something like this: Households and business that install photovoltaic panels are doing so at the expense of other electricity ratepayers because they are “subsidized” by those that don’t have solar panels. Continue reading

The most important state action this year

Exelon has raised the stakes. It's time to take them on. And win.

Exelon has raised the stakes. It’s time to take them on. And win.

Today NIRS and our colleagues at Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS) in Chicago kicked off the most important state-level action we’ll be doing all year: taking on Exelon’s full-court press for a bailout of its aging, uneconomic nuclear fleet in Illinois.

If you’re in Illinois, tell your legislators to reject Exelon’s proposed bailout legislation and instead to support the Clean Jobs Act, which would encourage renewable energy and energy efficiency.
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Sen. Alexander tilts at windmills

Wind_power_plants_in_Xinjiang,_ChinaYesterday, the Department of Energy released a major new report on wind power that, in its words, looks “at the future of wind power through 2050 and the economic benefits that come with a robust wind industry.”

That future and those benefits are quite clear. DOE predicts that wind alone can provide 10% of our electricity by 2020 (up from 4.5% today), 20% by 2030 and 35% by 2050. Toss in similar projections for solar power, add some geothermal and other renewables along with a nice serving of continued energy efficiency improvements and a less-wasteful grid, and it’s pretty easy to see how we get to a nuclear-free, carbon-free energy system by mid-century and likely sooner.  Continue reading

Fukushima four years on

units1-432411Today is, in case anyone forgot, the fourth anniversary of the beginning of the seemingly endless Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Four years later, hundreds of thousands of people are still displaced from their homes and previous livelihoods; hundreds of tons of radioactive water continues to leak from the reactor site into groundwater and the Pacific Ocean; radioactive waste continues to pile up on the reactor site and surrounding communities–where it likely will stay for decades if not centuries; and there even remains some uncertainty about the exact location of the most lethally radioactive material–the molten fuel cores from the melted reactors. How far down did the molten fuel flow? Did it move horizontally? What further dangers does it pose now, and in the decades of clean-up to come? We don’t know, and neither do Japanese officials. Continue reading

Lamar Alexander’s nuclear fantasyland

Senator Lamar Alexander, R-TN. Photo from Wikipedia.

Senator Lamar Alexander, R-TN. Photo from Wikipedia.

Back in 2008, when presidential candidate John McCain was calling for construction of 45 new reactors in the U.S. (and presidential candidate Barack Obama was calling for “safe” nuclear power), Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander outdid his colleague: he issued a call for construction of 100 new nuclear reactors.

In 2008, the nuclear “renaissance” was in full swing. McCain’s call didn’t seem–at least to nuclear backers–far-fetched in the least. After all, the NRC at the time already had some 30 applications for licenses for new reactors.  Continue reading

Deutsche Bank: solar has already won

renewablesgraphFor the past year, it’s been clear that the world’s major investment banks–or at least their analysts–already have decided that our energy future is renewable, and that nuclear power and fossil fuels are on their way out.  Continue reading