Monday, August 3, 2015

EPA Clean Power Plan Fully Supports Renewable, and DOES NOT Give Advantage to Existing Nuke

stock here: I haven't had time to read the EPA Clean Power Plan, but the NIRS says it is AWESOME!
here is the link
http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5502/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=1337727



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Great news! The final version of the EPA's Clean Power Plan came out today--and we won!

Yes, you read that right. The Obama Administration's EPA listened. The agency incorporated most of what we asked for--and what tens of thousands of you asked for--in our comments to the EPA, in the streets of New York, and in media and conversations across the country. Provisions helping the nuclear industry have been removed; the EPA recognizes renewables as the future.

THANK YOU FOR ACTING! I've said it many times over the years: your actions do matter, and here is more proof.

It only makes sense for the EPA to do this, of course, especially since,
as I reported on GreenWorld in June, the Energy Department's Energy Information Administration concluded that a heavily nuclear scenario provided no greater carbon reductions, but because of its cost crowded out deployment of cheaper and faster solar power. We would add cleaner and safer solar power as well.

We will be reporting more on the final version of the Clean Power Plan on GreenWorld soon--probably tomorrow. Watch for it.



stock here, read the whole story!------here

http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5502/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=1337727

From a Group That Help Shut Down San Onofre, A Great Animation That Will Prevent the Fleecing of the Ratepayer

When you understand what went wrong and why, you will understand why the company should take the hit 100% and not get "funded" for their screw up by the rate payers.    This argument is current as of August 2015.

http://acehoffman.blogspot.com/2013/02/new-animation-shows-what-could-happen.html

Illustrated above are the main flow paths for the steam, feedwater, and reactor coolant through the steam generators and reactor. Mouse over the steam generator titles to highlight those parts. Mouse or click on Main Steam Line Break to see what could happen in that scenario. Click on the U-tubes themselves to view an overlay of typical flow velocities.Forward and back buttons (triangles) in the box in the upper left go to three different screens of information and also allow you to remove most of the labels, insert or remove control rods, and cause a main steam line break.

Here are some of the things that are illustrated in the Main Steam Line Break:

*MSLB with steam shooting out
*Increased steam flow rate (hard to see but it's there)
*Entire contents of tube barrel turns to steam
*Cascade of tube ruptures with primary coolant flashing to steam as it exits the busted tubes
*Tube parts fly up and away with the highly radioactive steam
*Loose parts rise up from the bottom (again hard to see, but it's there!)

At San Onofre, the new steam generators in both Reactor Unit 2 and Unit 3 experienced enormous amounts of unexpected tube wear. But apparently only Unit 3 suffered a rhythmic type of tube vibration and damage known as fluid elastic instability.

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stocks interpretation of the San Onofre Debacle


A quick background.    On a pressurized water reactor PWR, the radioactive water and steam from the reactor vessel never touches the steam turbine.    They separate the clean side from the contaminated side by use of a "steam generator" which is more direct engineering terms is a freaking large heat exchanger.

If there is a hole anywhere in the steam generator, the contaminated water can escape into the clean side.

At San Onofre, their steam generators were getting old AND they wanted to also do a power uprate.   A power uprate is like taking and old car and souping it up with nitrous and a blower for instance, and then running the hell out of it until it blows.

They extorted the local community to get the uprate approved, saying "If regulators did not approve the upgrade, the plant would close, provoking "very serious problems with the California electric grid.""

So they designed new steam generators.    They lied to the NRC and the public by stating that it was a "like for like" replacement when it was nothing of the sort, it was a major redesign.   And then they screwed up the design big time.     The pipes in the steam generator were wearing away 30 times faster than they should, and in less than 1 year, some sprang a leak, after only 1 year many pipes were 90% gone and ready to blow.    

Yet the greedy operators insisted it was safe and that all would be fine if they would just run at a little lower output.    Basically they knew it wasn't going to last, but just wanted a way to  milk the profits for a few more years even though they knew they were putting the people of San Diego and every one downwind (that would be all of us) at risk of nuclear radiation contamination. 

Eventually SCE decided to shut down the plant.    They did not want to spend ANOTHER $680 M for new steam generators.   

Now SCE is trying to extract $5,000 Million dollars from people who will never see a single kWH from the plant.    All due to SCE's extortion, then lies, and poor design.     

It's an upside down world we live in

PS they got the approval to grab $5 Billion from the ratepayers.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Nuke Cartel Paying Newspapers to Publish Nuclear Promotion Articles, Busby, and Dr Ryan Weigh in on Debunks

 The nuke industry paid this newspaper to publish a bunch of drivel such as

Though in 1986, the physical effects of the Chernobyl nuclear power accident were much worse on nearby residents, a 2006 study performed by the United Nations on the worldwide effects of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant determined that the accident’s “most serious public health issue” was adverse effects on the mental health of the public. The United Nations report said that poor communication about the health risks “associated with radiation levels made the problem worse.” Additionally, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and general depression remained at much higher than normal levels 20 years after the accident in the surrounding area.
Story here
 http://www.inquisitr.com/2301716/nuclear-power-study-says-fear-of-energy-source-is-much-worse-than-any-possible-radiation-effects/
But they got more than they bargained for, since it is Sunday, the pro nuclear web/blog trolls aren't working, instead they got honesty from a lot of people.

They got bitchslapped
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Frank Energy ·
nuke is not safe, not clean, not even cheap

http://atlantaprogressivenews.com/.../vogtle-nuclear.../

His 65B number is amazing because it matches my spreadsheet calculations I did a few weeks back at 64.8B cost to complete and operate for 30 years.

That results in a cost of 15 cents per kWH

Data is here, you can download the spreadsheet too if you wish.
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Eileen Mahood-Jose ·
Increased leukemia, breast cancer, thyroid cancer, infant mortality, birth defect, miscarriage, and plant and animal mutation rates in the plumes of Fukushima are not in our imaginings but in the data obtained by health departments and analyzed by epidemiologists. Anyone who says differently is profiting from the nuclear industry.
Like · Reply · 2 · 3 hrs
Andrew John Lawrence ·
No one cares about nuclear propaganda. Anyone who does is a liar or idiot.
Erica Gray
Ask these researches to go visit the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station and come back after personally taking radiation readings inside each the three buildings where the melted cores have left the reactor vessesl and then let us know what fear is all about.
Adrien Burke
http://www.sickchirpse.com/photos-chernobyl-today/ The pictures our media won't publish. . . . Frightening birth defects around Chernobyl.
Nuclear Hotseat
Total propaganda. False assurances, because the impact takes years to show up... but it does show up. Birth defects, cancers, infant mortality, mutations -- it's not emotion that's causing the thyroid nodules, bloody noses and weakened immunity in Fukushima children. This is nuclear industry BS.
Dale Clark ·
LYING bullshit from paid trolls, this "study" is propaganda from the nuke industry.
Like · Reply · 2 hrs

from Brian Donovan on an Energy Blog
 

Awesome paper by Busby: http://www.helencaldicott.com/...
Busby looked at nuclear industry and pro nuclear gov agencies way of calculating exposure versus cancers and realized that was absurd. Radioactive materials don't go out equally in every direction. they are concentrated in rivers, with wind patterns and such.
Sure enough, you find lots of excess cancers in the areas with the concentrated radioactive exposures.
He also notes that using rare cancer like thyroid make epidemiological studies less accurate than using common cancers like breast cancer.
Nuclear industry causes millions of cancers. a million each from the two well known disasters. We have no idea how bad Fukushima will be, since it's still leaking.
Nuclear is the most expensive, slowest to install, deadliest, deadly wastes for a million years, out of proven reserve of fuels in 3 years of supplying the world total energy needs, and the least flexible to changing grid demands.
Only massive gov breaks keep the nuclear welfare queen alive. 50 times solar, more per Mwh over it's history as well.
https://daryanenergyblog.wordp...
Study this site, Dr Ryan is not even against nuclear power, he's just cold blooded when it comes to evaluating it's chances.
Every myth presented in the comments below have been thoroughly, logically and scientifically debunked by Dr Ryan. That's why I use it as the go to link.

What is the Real kWH Cost of "New Generation Nuclear"? It's 15 Cents per kWH, The Most Expensive Electricity Source We Can Build

There is so much propapganda out there related to how cheap nuclear is.

Then they trot out the lie that "old nuke is getting more expensive because we have to stay on top of the maintenance to keep you safe" usually shortly followed by "but don't worry, the new nuclear is bigger and more efficient and has higher economies of scale" so therefore it will be cheaper than unreliable solar or any other source except hydro.   And you know that evil hydro kills tadpoles......

So what is a person to do?   Who do you trust?    Well, below I do the relevant calculations based upon real data from Vogtle 3 and 4, currently under construction.   And I'll show you the subcharts that feed into it.   Then I will let you download the spreadsheet where you can get to the source data and actual calculations.    You can modify the inputs if you wish, say give them a 90% capacity factor instead of the 85% that I used.



Sheesh, even a pro-nuker is going to have to, to a great degree, agree with these costs.   They might quibble over a few things, but it is basically right in there

15 cents per kWH for New Nuclear.     This ignores quite a few costs.   So probably 20 to 25 cents per kWH is a more realistic argument, and if anyone wishes to take a stab at those external costs, please add them to the spreadsheet and email it to me here

stock@hawaii.rr.com

Here we go
Cost of the Plants and Operation




Lifetime Energy Production and Net Energy Delivered to Meter

And Average Cost Per kWH Calculation


Annual Production Cost, Using an Inflation Factor, But Neglecting Increased Maintenance Cost as Time Goes Forward.

Debt Service During Construction

You know what to do.   Shut them all down, Phase them out strategically.

Alternate Calculation, Not sure how old this calculator is, and I am not sure if they are amortizing the cost of the plant into the calculation.

But it's from a vested interest group and still comes up with a large number for electricity cost.

12.78 cents per kWH


Saturday, August 1, 2015

San Onofre Gate (by CaptD)




A quick background.    On a pressurized water reactor PWR, the radioactive water and steam from the reactor vessel never touches the steam turbine.    They seperate the clean side from the contaminiated side by use of a "steam generator" which is more direct engineering terms is a freaking large heat exchanger.

If there is a hole anywhere in the steam generator, the contaminated water can escape into the clean side.

At San Onofre, their steam generators were getting old AND they wanted to also do a power uprate.   A power uprate is like taking and old car and souping it up with nitrous and a blower for instance, and then running the hell out of it until it blows.

They extorted the local community to get the uprate approved, saying "If regulators did not approve the upgrade, the plant would close, provoking "very serious problems with the California electric grid.""

So they designed new steam generators.    They lied to the NRC and the public by stating that it was a "like for like" replacement when it was nothing of the sort, it was a major redesign.   And then they screwed up the design big time.     The pipes in the steam generator were wearing away 30 times faster than they should, and in less than 1 year, some sprang a leak, after only 1 year many pipes were 90% gone and ready to blow.    

Yet the greedy operators insisted it was safe and that all would be fine if they would just run at a little lower output.    Basically they knew it wasn't going to last, but just wanted a way to  milk the profits for a few more years even though they knew they were putting the people of San Diego and every one downwind (that would be all of us) at risk of nuclear radiation contamination. 

Eventually SCE decided to shut down the plant.    They did not want to spend ANOTHER $680 M for new steam generators.   

Now SCE is trying to extract $5,000 Million dollars from people who will never see a single kWH from the plant.    All due to SCE's extortion, then lies, and poor design.     

It's an upside down world we live in

PS they got the approval to grab $5 Billion from the ratepayers.

CaptD's comments below
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(My Comment is STILL IN MODERATION)

This is a major coverup by the NRC to not only hide its own mistakes but also the $5 Billion Debacle caused by SCE when they tried to use their in-house Engineers to design the replacement steam generators at San Onofre. That would be bad enough, but now what is knows as #SanOnofreGate * has expanded to include secret behind the scenes Ex parte meetings between SCE and the very Regulators and Judges charged with this investigation. 

Money aside, since what happened at San Onofre has never  happened in the history of the US Nuclear fleet, it is vitally important that the "Root Cause" of the replacement steam generator failures be determined, since without that information many other steam generators may be at risk.  Even though the operator (SCE) has begun the decommissioning process they still refuse to release their operational records, saying that the information they submitted to the NRC and others is not correct, since it illustrates that SCE was operating Unit 3  outside its NRC mandated limitations, which put 5 million people at risk of a nuclear incident and/or a nuclear accident.  It is imperative that the Root Cause investigation proceed since ending it now only further insulates US Nuclear Operators from public scrutiny at the very time that Nuclear Safety is being called into question.

More background about what ever more people are calling San Onofre Gate*:

Video: http://www.dianuke.org/5-billion-cover-up-at-san-onofre-mia-severson/ 

Extra Info:

1. Gov. Brown (a long time friend of Peevey) has to date taken a hands off role regarding San Onofre, other than appointing Peevey’s replacement (since Peevey chose not to seek "reappointment") who has insured that the CPUC maintains the status quo.

2. Governor Brown’s sister is on the Board of Sempra Energy as are others that are familiar names to many in San Diego. www.sempra.com/about/governance/board-of-directors.shtml

3. Peevey’s wife is also an elected CA State Official.

4. Peevey (who is a graduate from UCB) made giving them $5 million a year for a number of years a key component of his San Onofre Settlement Deal. This money will fund Climate Change Research by UCB. This Research will then be used to justify Utility Energy Production instead of Residential Energy Production, much like Big Milk and/or Big Meat funds Research to then justify the consumption of ever more Milk and Meat in our diets because it has been shown to be healthful in University scientific studies.

5. SDG&E which is owned by Sempra Energy, has done a great job of staying out of the public spotlight regarding San Onofre Gate despite being a 20% Owner of San Onofre. SDG&E had to have knowledge of all Utility settlement discussions before agreeing to any settlement as proposed by the CPUC. Look for Freedom of Information (FOI) requests being filed with SDG&E in order to find out how much they knew, who knew it and when they knew it as San Onofre Gate expands.

6. Senator Boxer received notarized documents regarding replacement steam generators (RSG) Design Problems long before she started asking the NRC pointed questions about the replacement steam generators in Public, despite being the Chair of the US Committee on Environmental and Public Works, which has oversight of the NRC. 

7. Since SoCal ratepayers will EACH be liable for more than $1000 per Utility account if the CPUC “settlement” stands, expect the rate paying public to increase its demand for more information, regarding anything that might reduce or better yet transfer that $5 billion dollar debt to the Utility shareholders, which is why San Onofre Gate will continue to grow.

Part of the above was posted before:

http://m.sandiegoreader.com/news/2015/may/25/ticker-power-companys-darling/

http://m.sandiegoreader.com/news/2015/jun/02/ticker-can-sdge-be-forced-do-anything/

This hashtag that will allow you to keep up to date on the ongoing investigation into the $5 to $7.6 Billion ratepayer ripoff by SCE and their regulators the CPUC.