A nearly daily round-up of news for your consideration:
- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has lifted its freeze on issuing plant licenses and adopted a new rule allowing spent fuel rods be stored at closed nuclear plants for extended periods. From The Hill’s article:
“The vote followed a federal court decision ruling that the NRC should consider the possibility that the federal government will never establish a permanent nuclear waste storage facility. … The analysis adopted Tuesday through a rule concluded that “spent fuel can be safely managed in … dry casks during the short-term, long-term and indefinite timeframes.”
- The Obama administration is working with international diplomats to legally require some of the world’s largest economies to enact climate change policies and voluntarily commit to specific levels of reduced carbon emissions. According to the New York Times:
“To sidestep that requirement [ratification from Congress], President Obama’s climate negotiators are devising what they call a “politically binding” deal that would “name and shame” countries into cutting their emissions.”
- The Huffington Post examines three trends shaping the future of connected energy, including smart grids that give consumers and providers a clearer idea of how energy is used; smart thermostats and meters, which personalize energy use to consumers’ patterns; and smart lighting that serves additional purposes, such as security system and alarm clock.