POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for April 14, 2015

A New Push for Nuclear


POV: Power Breakfast

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

  • Advocates for nuclear energy are launching a campaign to renew interest in nuclear power as part of national energy plans. Backed by the likes of former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk and former EPA administrator Christie Whitman, the industry group CASEnergy Coalition wants consideration for amended power and licensing regulations. “Nuclear does have a unique set of challenges we need to address,” Kirk, co-chair of the nuclear advocacy group, told the Dallas Morning News. “But it’s interesting how much the climate change debate has changed things. We believe there isn’t going to be any conversation about lowering carbon emissions in this country if nuclear isn’t part of the picture.”
  • MIT Professor Donald Sadoway and a handful of scientists with young companies and big backers say they have a shot at solving a vexing problem: how to store and deliver power around the clock so sustainable energies can become viable alternatives to fossil fuels. How these storage projects are allowing utility power customers to defect from the grid is one of the topics for debate this week at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance conference in New York. “Developing a storage system beyond lithium-ion is critical to unlocking the value of electric vehicles and renewable energy,” Andrew Chung, a partner at Menlo Park, California-based venture capital firm Khosla Ventures, told Bloomberg.
  • German building control systems giant Siemens has been putting together a U.S. business based on the premise that energy control systems in every building should come with demand response options. Now, GreenTech Media reports that the technology used by utilities and grid operators may be evolving to a point that it can be put to effective use. Siemens has integrated the companies’ intelligent load management software into more than 1,000 sites, according to Dan Kubala, director of business development for Siemens Retail & Commercial Systems (RCS).
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