Existential Threats

March 2013
Power Engineering;Mar2013, Vol. 117 Issue 3, p12
Trade Publication
The author cites several factors that pose risks to the long-term economic viability of nuclear power in the U.S. in the 21st century. He claims that the low price of natural gas in the U.S. has made it harder for nuclear plants to compete with gas-fired facilities. He also asserts that nuclear plant owners are increasingly reluctant to shoulder the costs of plant and equipment upgrades deemed necessary by regulatory agencies to shield the public against the threat of future nuclear disasters.


Related Articles

  • The Final Boltholes. Froggatt, Anthony // Ecologist;Nov99, Vol. 29 Issue 7, p390 

    Discusses the justification for the continuation of nuclear energy. Situation of nuclear power around the world; Process of maintaining the existing nuclear power plants; Market of nuclear technology in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

  • Kudankulam first reactor turbine resynchronised.  // FRPT- Energy Snapshot;11/17/2013, p9 

    The article reports on the resynchronization of the first reactor turbine of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project. The first reactor turbine was synchronized for the first time on October 22, 2013 and was stopped manually the same day for mandatory tests. The turbine generated 160 megawatt electric...

  • Experts demand nuclear upgrades after Fukushima. Wood, Janet // Utility Week;5/11/2012, p8 

    The article focuses on a call from an expert review group for implementing upgrades on Great Britain's operating nuclear reactors. Among the upgrades mandated by the European Commission and already identified by the Office of Nuclear Regulation and the plant operators are changes to nuclear...

  • Automation, speed and performance.  // Business North Carolina;Nov2014 Supplement, Vol. 34, p20 

    The article discusses Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Energy's technologies that are being used by nuclear utilities for inspection and repair including the ZR-100 robots for steam generator inspection and repair, the Archer system for reactor vessel closure heads inspection and repair, and the Spyder...

  • Nuclear Power Plants Safety and Maintenance. Ahmed, Wael H.; Mohany, Atef; Bing Li // Science & Technology of Nuclear Installations;2014, p1 

    No abstract available.

  • On-Line Maintenance. Huffman, Ken // Nuclear Plant Journal;Mar/Apr2010, Vol. 28 Issue 2, p20 

    The article focuses on on-line maintenance which refers to the maintenance performed while the main electric generator is connected to the grid. It adds that on-line maintenance contributes to the improvement of plant safety. The effectivity of its implementation depends on the coordinated...

  • The Foundation of a Good PdM Program. Robb, Drew // Power Engineering;Jun2010, Vol. 114 Issue 6, Special section p18 

    The article discusses predictive maintenance programs (PdM) employed at Duke Energy, 2009 winner of the Community Relations Process Award given by the Nuclear Energy Institute. PdM programs proactively detect degradation and potential issues with the use of sensors and analysis software or...

  • Research & Development.  // Nuclear Plant Journal;Sep/Oct2014, Vol. 32 Issue 5, p18 

    The article discusses several research studies conducted in the nuclear energy industry as of September 1, 2014. Topics discussed include Maintenance Rule for monitoring the effectiveness of the maintenance program at the nuclear power plant in the U.S. by U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, use...

  • Centers of Excellence. Ball, Jo // Nuclear Plant Journal;Jul/Aug2016, Vol. 34 Issue 4, p30 

    The article presents an interview with Nuclear Plant Projects for GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Inc. Executive Vice President Jon Ball. Topics of the interview include the response of Ball on how the company helps utilities bring down operating and maintenance costs, and mentions the company's...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics