The not-for-profit Energy Northwest in WA State is exactly what the EPA’s new carbon rules are supposed to encourage – a diverse mix of non-fossil fuel generating systems that operates over 90% of the time and emits less than 20 gCO2/kWhr for between 4.7 – 5.2¢/kWh, now and for the next 30 years.
Dr. Edward Calabrese has published a new paper titled “The Genetics Panel of the NAS BEAR I Committee (1956): epistolary evidence suggests self‐interest may have prompted an exaggeration of radiation risks that led to the adoption of the LNT cancer risk assessment model.” Rod Adams discusses the paper and integrates its conclusions with those from other sources to add to the evidence that the LNT was imposed for political, not technical reasons.
Russia plans to start construction of three BN-1200 sodium-cooled fast neutron reactors before 2030. OKBM Afrikantov has said it envisages about 11 GWe (9 of the 1200 MW plants) of such plants by 2030, possibly including South Urals plant. The BN-1200 reactor for Beloyarsk will generate 1220 MWe and have a 60-year life. The core of a fast reactor is much smaller than that of a normal nuclear reactor, and it has a higher power density, requiring very efficient heat transfer.
Brazil, Russia, China, India and South Africa (BRICS) are forming an energy association. Together these countries are making 75% of the new nuclear reactors in the world.