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Blowout Week 165

This week we feature biomass, specifically wood pellets, which are coming under fire again (pun intended). A recent report confirms what to most of us has long been obvious – that wood pellets are not a carbon-neutral energy source. In some cases they emit even more CO2 than coal. One wonders when the truth will finally dawn on the politicians who are subsidizing this environmentally-unfriendly fuel – and how it got to be subsidized in the first place.

In a bumper issue, other stories include the fall of NASA GISS, OPEC examines impact of production cuts, US LNG exports, nuclear power in the UAE and Scotland, Germany destabilises neighbours, blackouts in Australia, UK government policies lead to higher electricity prices and Swansea Bay tidal lagoon is back in the news. Continue reading

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Nuclear Options

With Hinkley Point C and nuclear new-build in the UK very much in the public eye, I have found the range of nuclear options being discussed rather confusing. This post provides an overview of the 6 main reactor designs that are vying for the global market today focussing on the large, >1 GW Generation III reactors. While the post focusses on the UK, the part on generic designs should be of interest to all readers. [image from the “The Heroes of Telemark” a British – Norwegian raid during WWII aimed to prevent the Nazis gaining heavy water reactor technology. Or was it? Keep reading to CANDU to learn more.] Continue reading

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Blowout Week 128

This week we focus on Germany’s Energiewende followed by turning the C in CCS into rock, further job losses expected in UK oil and gas, forecast decline in non-OPEC oil supplies, England not windy enough, unscheduled global oil supply disruptions, more US oil patch bankruptcies, Westinghouse to build nuclear plants in India, Sweden goes nuclear again, Finland to build another nuclear plant, “incident” shuts down Tihange plant, signs of recovery in coal, Brexit to cause loss of UK energy sovereignty, ENSO events influence global temperatures for hundreds of years. Continue reading

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Blowout week 81

Stories below the fold on the Iran Nuclear deal, Mexico’s lease sale, gas overtakes coal in the US, the nuclear iron curtain, Tories to junk more renewables subsidies, a wind generation record in Denmark, no progress towards Paris, wind, solar, snow & coal in Australia, the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, what global warming will do to your loaf of bread and how pot growers are sabotaging Colorado’s energy targets. Continue reading

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