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The Oil Drum | Fukushima Open Thread - Tue 3/29
Nuclear power in the US is largely an eastern phenomenon. In the West (by which I mean west of the Great Plains 

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If you assume that no new nukes will be built, and existing nuclear licenses will not be renewed, the East is looking at (in really round numbers) 25% of their current power output disappearing in the the next 20 years or less. That's an enormously bigger problem to handle than the West will have if its eight reactors are decommissioned on schedule. I suspect that the eastern states will face either very sharp price increases or relatively draconian conservation programs (two ways of achieving the goal) in order to meet that decrease in power output. I expect to see some painful regional frictions when eastern politicians attempt to impose the conservation and/or price pain uniformly across the entire country.


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Mar 29th, 2011 at 07:45:13 PM EST
However, in an astounding case of bad timing, a proposal for a 3,000 MW plant (largish but not gigantic) is being floated this week in south-central Colorado.

...the nuclear power plant is essential for the economic development of Pueblo County. He said along with more energy and tax revenue it would bring hundreds of construction jobs and permanent positions to Southern Colorado.

The locals are not very happy...

http://www.kktv.com/home/headlines/Pueblo_Nuclear_Plant_Debate_Continues_118060224.html

by asdf on Tue Mar 29th, 2011 at 10:07:34 PM EST
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Where would they get the water? The Arkansas River?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Mar 29th, 2011 at 11:27:09 PM EST
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I guess so. The downstream folks (including suburbs of Denver that own water rights in the Arkansas basin, and would not be happy if those rights were messed up by an accident) have not been heard from yet...
by asdf on Wed Mar 30th, 2011 at 05:09:01 PM EST
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The Fates are kind.
by Gaianne on Wed Mar 30th, 2011 at 08:16:19 PM EST
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Why can't they increase their power output by 1% per year for 20 years by other means?

So, in what may be my last act of "advising", I'll advise you to cut the jargon. -- My old PhD advisor, to me, 26/2/11
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Mar 30th, 2011 at 01:45:00 AM EST
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Because the economy has to GrowTM by 2 % each year in real terms. So it's not a 1 % per year increase, it's a 3 % per year increase.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Mar 30th, 2011 at 02:44:19 AM EST
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1% per year over baseline...

So, in what may be my last act of "advising", I'll advise you to cut the jargon. -- My old PhD advisor, to me, 26/2/11
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Mar 30th, 2011 at 02:50:24 AM EST
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Because The MarketTM will only increase the baseline rate of construction in response to "very sharp price increases." And you have to rely on The MarketTM, because the Soviet Union failed. So there.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Mar 30th, 2011 at 03:24:38 AM EST
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And because the Global Financial Clusterfuck never happened. And if it happened if doesn't matter. And if it matters it was because of the government.

So, in what may be my last act of "advising", I'll advise you to cut the jargon. -- My old PhD advisor, to me, 26/2/11
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Mar 30th, 2011 at 05:14:20 AM EST
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"The peak-to-trough part of the business cycle is an outlier. Carnot would have died laughing."

- Migeru

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Mar 30th, 2011 at 05:18:15 AM EST
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