Energy

Why are nuclear plants so expensive? Safety’s only part of the story

Enlarge US DOE Should any discussion of nuclear power go on for long enough, it becomes inevitable that someone will rant that the only reason they’ve become unaffordable is a proliferation of safety regulations. The argument is rarely (if ever) fleshed out—no specific regulation is ever identified as problematic, and there seems to be no …

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First major modular nuclear project having difficulty retaining backers

Enlarge / NuScale’s reactor-in-a-can. NuScale Earlier this year, the US took a major step that could potentially change the economics of nuclear power: it approved a design for a small, modular nuclear reactor from a company called NuScale. These small reactors are intended to overcome the economic problems that have ground the construction of large …

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Germany looks to blockchain to help decentralize their energy economy

The Deutsche Energie-Agentur, also known as DENA — the main governmental group responsible for energy innovation in Germany — looks to put its energy ecosystem on a decentralized database. DENA “has selected Energy Web to design and construct a digital registry for distributed energy resources (DERs) across the country in partnership with more than 20 …

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Marty Bent on Why Bitcoin and Big Energy Are Unlikely Allies

Bitcoin mining can help big energy companies produce more efficiently, increasing American energy independence in the process. Our main discussion features Marty Bent. Marty is the author of one of the best known daily bitcoin newsletters, as well as the host of “Tales From The Crypt” podcast. He also is one of the leaders of …

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Here’s how DOE’s first crop of risky energy tech has done

Enlarge / Former Energy Secretary Ernst Moniz speaks at an ARPA-E event in 2016. DOE / Flickr In 2009, the US Department of Energy started funding energy research through the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (or ARPA-E) program. The goal was to take more risks than traditional federal efforts and help new renewable energy technologies get …

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EPA issues new rules on coal plant pollution

Enlarge / A truck loaded with coal is viewed at the Eagle Butte Coal Mine, which is operated by Alpha Coal, on Monday May 08, 2017, in Gillette, Wyoming. Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images On Monday, the EPA issued updated rules on pollution limits that haven’t been updated in over 30 years. The …

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Trump admin. finally kills off Obama-era rule limiting methane emissions

Enlarge / A natural gas flare from an offshore oil drilling rig in Cook Inlet, Alaska. Paul Souders | Getty Images The Environmental Protection Agency this week finalized a rule that kills off Obama-era limitations on how much methane, a potent greenhouse gas, oil and natural gas producers are allowed to emit into the atmosphere—even …

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Authorities Find Illegal Bitcoin Mining Farm in Kyrgyzstan Free Economic Zone

Law enforcement authorities in Kyrgyzstan have reportedly detected an illegal cryptocurrency mining farm on the territory of a local free economic zone (FEZ). The State Service for Combating Economic Crimes, an anti-corruption service in the Kyrgyz Republic, has reportedly discovered a large-scale mining farm at FEZ Bishkek. Kyrgyz authorities posted a video of the facility …

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How to change US housing to hit Paris Agreement goals

Enlarge US DOE So far, the focus on cutting the US’s carbon emissions has fallen on two obvious targets: electrical production and transportation. But to engage in the sort of deep decarbonization we’ll need to address climate change, we can’t really ignore any significant source of emissions. And the places we live are significant sources—even …

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Jail time for polluters in Biden’s $2T climate plan

Enlarge / Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden arrives to speak at a “Build Back Better” Clean Energy event on July 14, 2020 at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware. Olivier Douliery | AFP | Getty Images Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden today unveiled a $2 trillion policy …

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