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OKIsItJustMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 05:45 PM
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Ratings Warning From Moodys Followed by Mothballing of New Reactor Plans in Texas and Ontario; Developments in Line with Cooper Report from June Projecting Trillions in Excess Costs for Nuclear, Compared to Combination of Renewables and More Efficiency.

WASHINGTON, D.C.///July 13, 2009///Three major developments in the nuclear power industry in late June underscore the key findings of the The Economics of Nuclear Reactors, a report released on June 18, 2009 by economist Dr. Mark Cooper, a senior fellow for economic analysis at the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School. The Cooper report finds that it would cost $1.9 trillion to $4.1 trillion more over the life of 100 new nuclear reactors than it would to generate the same electricity from a combination of more energy efficiency and renewables.

Available online at
_Energy_and_the_Environment/New_and_Noteworthy.htm, the Cooper analysis of over three dozen cost estimates for proposed new nuclear reactors shows that the projected price tags for the plants have quadrupled since the start of the industrys so-called nuclear renaissance at the beginning of this decade a striking parallel to the eventually seven-fold increase in reactor costs estimates that doomed the Great Bandwagon Market of the 1960s and 1970s, when half of planned nuclear reactors had to be abandoned or cancelled due to massive cost overruns.

Cooper said that three late June developments provide new evidence of the validity of the cost-related concerns documented in his report:
  • On June 30, 2009, Exelon cited economic woes as a major factor in postponing for up to 20 years plans to build two nuclear reactors at its site in Victoria, Texas. (See for local coverage of the decision.)

  • On June 29, 2009, the Government of Ontario announced that it has suspended the competitive bidding process to procure two replacement nuclear reactors planned for a Darlington, Ontario site. As the New York Times reported: Two years into a $20 billion nuclear upgrade project meant to replace aging reactors with next-generation technology, the Ontario government postponed the entire process on Monday, citing excessive cost and uncertainties involving the ownership status of the sole Canadian bidder ... Yesterdays move is a setback for the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, the 57-year-old government-owned corporation that has built all of Canadas reactors and could soon be
    sold off to a private investor. (See -

  • On June 23, 2009, Moodys Investor Services issued a report titled New Nuclear Generation: Ratings Pressure Increasing. The summary to the report included the following: Moody's is considering taking a more negative view for those issuers seeking to build new nuclear power plants ... Rationale is premised on a material increase in business and operating risk ... most utilities now seeking to build nuclear generation do not appear to be adjusting their financial policies, a credit negative. First federal approvals are at least two years away, and economic, political and policy equations could easily change before then ... Cooper pointed out that even though Moodys concludes that reactors might be financially viable once operating, the barriers to actual permitting and affordable construction may make it impossible to reach the operational new-plant phase. See the report summary at and a related news story at .

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NNadir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 08:19 PM
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1. Really? How about we just check the Solar Buzz website for costs?
One doesn't even need to appeal to an article by a dumb journalist to do direct calculation.

Of course, one would need to be able to do math, and understand that the capacity utilization of a solar plant is about 20%, whereas a nuclear plant runs greater than 90% reliability.

In, um, economics, capacity utilization matters which is why the solar energy scam always announces capacity in peak "watts" rather than in units of energy.

Economics, of course, accounts for the fact that nuclear power produces more energy than all of the renewable energy programs combined, at least if one can understand - as many fundie anti-nukes still can't, that um, 8.455 is actully greater than 0.091.

Given that the solar industry has experience 50 years of unrestrainged cheering - mostly of course from people who cannot appreciate either the contents of a math book or a science book - and nuclear power has been routinely vilified by the same damn airheads, it is difficult to understand why nuclear power is, um, 92 times better at producing energy.

What I can gather is that the anti-nukes are here to announce, with their usual sense of reality, that what was routinely accomplished in the 1960's is now impossible.

No surprise there, of course.

I wonder what you have to smoke to become an anti-nuke. Never mind, I really don't want to know.
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joshcryer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:08 PM
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2. Why do you use solar / renewables to "refute" that nuclear cannot compete with fossil?
Really. Your whole post has no relevance, because solar is not competing with nuclear, it's fossil fuels.
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 11:09 AM
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3. oh nnadir, your side show antics amuse us all! :)
please keep the comedy coming, you never fail to entertain!
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 11:44 AM
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4. Man oh man you are a one seriously demented person
My question to you is why do you continue to show your ass here with the shit you type? The late night posts of yours I read as alcohol induced so I guess these morning ignorant replys is due to the hangover, is that correct???
My advice is, get a life dude. The etoh will kill you just as certain as a car running over your drunk ass will.
Have a good day otherwise :-)
If I can become a non-drunk then anyone can do it...
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