POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for Oct. 30, 2014

South Korea to burn nuclear waste; Seniors warned about Clean Power Plan; Utility execs differ on impact of competition


POV: Power Breakfast

A nearly daily round-up of news for your consideration:

  • South Korea is using 1940s U.S. technology to build an advanced reactor that will burn spent nuclear fuel to produce more electricity. From the Forbes article:

    “Korea will still find itself with spent fuel, but with less, and the radioisotopes in waste from the SFR [sodium-fast reactor] will not remain radiotoxic for nearly as long.”

  • The Association of Mature American Citizens warns “the elderly on low and modest fixed incomes, already reeling from the prospect of higher utility bills, will also be hardest hit by the threat of these cascading power outages” if the Environmental Protection Agency imposes its Clean Power Plan, Fierce Energy reports. The group cites the Southwest Power Pool’s impact assessment that the rapid capacity reductions required could cause major blackouts and reliability problems.
  • A survey of utility executives finds there are strong differences of opinions about the impact of competition on the expansion and strengthening of the U.S. electricity transmission grid, Renew Grid says.

 

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