Global Energy News Roundup: March 29


This week’s global energy news roundup features articles and information from a range of sources, including Marketwatch, Reuters and World Nuclear News. Headlines in this roundup include “Nuclear Power Support Growing in the United States“; “Finland and Turkey Pursue Japanese Nuclear Technology”; and “One More Japanese Reactor Taken Off-Line.” The Forum on Energy weekly news roundup brings together a mix of global energy stories from around the web. It is published every Thursday morning on forumonenergy.com and is available on Twitter via @forumonenergy.

Nuclear Power Support Growing in the United States
Nuclear energy appears to be making new friends. California Governor Jerry Brown, who opposed nuclear power during his earlier term as governor (1973-1985), recently made clear “if a proposal was put before him, he would consider new nuclear plants for his state because it is a technology that does not contribute to greenhouse gases,” according to a blog post from the Wall Street Journal. According to a new Gallup poll, support for nuclear power in the United States has returned to the level seen before the Fukushima accident. The poll found a small drop in support just after Fukushima.
Source: Wall Street Journal’s Marketwatch 

Finland and Turkey Pursue Japanese Nuclear Technology
GE-Hitachi; Mitsubishi; Toshiba; Areva; and Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power have been invited to submit bids on construction of a new reactor for Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO). This will be the fourth reactor at the plant. A third reactor — a “first-of-a-kind” EPR — is currently being constructed by an Areva-Siemens consortium. 
Source: World Nuclear News 

One More Japanese Reactor Taken Offline
On Monday, March 26, Tokyo Electric Power Company’s number 6 reactor at Kashiwaza-Kariwa plant was taken offline for its scheduled 13-month maintenance outage, leaving only one nuclear reactor producing electricity for the entire country. Now there is only one nuclear reactor producing electricity for the entire country. Imported fuels make up the rest of the country’s energy resources. Since the tsunami that caused the accident at Fukushima, no plants have been allowed to come back on line after they went down for scheduled refueling and maintenance outages. The government has been conducting stress tests for the plants ready to come back on line but has yet to formally issue the go-ahead for restarts.  Local governments will also be involved in the decision to allow plants to come back on line, which could delay restart of plants even if they receive approval from the central government. The last operating reactor—Hokkiado Electric Tomari 3—is scheduled to go off line in May. It is possible that at that time all nuclear reactors will out of service.  This could result in a long hot summer for the country. Estimates by the Japanese government point to a potential summer energy shortage of around 9.2 percent.    
Source: Reuters