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Nuclear Newsreel, Monday, April 7, 2014

Nuclear Power

The New York Times reported over the weekend that dozens of U.S. reactors are more vulnerable to earthquakes than previously believed. The NRC has been requiring utilities to re-evaluate their ability to withstand possible earthquakes in their regions based on growing knowledge about plate tectonics and the nature of earthquakes–a process that began before, but was certainly underscored by, the Fukushima disaster. 1,343 more words

Nuclear Newsreel

NRG Energy scoops up home roof solar company

The CEO of power giant NRG Energy, David Crane, told me earlier this week to expect big things from his company around rooftop solar systems for homes. 631 more words

Solar

Solar Farm Reflection Impacts Pilots' Visibility

Sunny California’s Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System has caused problems for pilots traversing the region.   Two anonymous complaints were filed in August, before the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System ever came online.   440 more words

Energy

NRG wants to be the Apple of energy, and as big as SolarCity in home solar

Power giant NRG Energy is looking to take cues from the world’s largest consumer tech brands — Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon — when it comes to how to provide energy services for customers. 279 more words

Google

Pilots complain that glare from the world's biggest solar power plant is blinding them

Airplane pilots reported that they were blinded by the intense sunlight reflecting off some of the 340,000 mirrors at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System… 654 more words

The utility death spiral, stupid utilities and grid defection

Much has been written so far this year, including in these pages, about the “utility death spiral,” in which electric utilities that fail to adapt to changing technologies and electricity delivery systems like rooftop solar and distributed generation generally will gradually (or quickly, depending on one’s perspective) wither away and disappear. 598 more words

Entergy