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 Forum on Energy and is available on Twitter via @forumonenergy.
Sec. Clinton Backs Westinghouse for Czech Temelin Project
In a meeting in Prague this week with Czech Republic Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton backed Toshiba-owned, U.S.-based Westinghouse as the ideal company to develop two new reactors at the Temelin Nuclear Power Plant. The deal could be worth as much as $10 billion. In a Q&A session with Schwarzenberg, Clinton spoke at length about Westinghouse’s ability to enhance Czech energy security while adding much-needed jobs and improving U.S.- Czech relations.
Sources: Ceske Noviny, Business Recorder
Japan Official: Need to Restart Reactors to Help with Energy Costs
Current energy prices in Japan demonstrate the need for the country to reactivate its nuclear reactors as soon as they are deemed safe, according to Hiroyuki Hosoda, chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) general council. Eight of Japan’s utilities reported total first-half losses of more than $8 billion, according to Businessweek. Polls indicate LDP will take power in the upcoming election, of which nuclear energy is a major factor, as officials are still debating the future of the country’s energy policy.
Hitachi Completes $1.12B Purchase of U.K.’s Horizon Nuclear Power
Hitachi has completed an approximately $1.12 billion purchase of Horizon Nuclear Power in the U.K., a joint venture of German energy companies E.ON and RWE. Hitachi intends to develop two to three 1300 MW nuclear power plants at both the Wylfa on Anglesey in Wales and at Oldbury in Gloucestershire sites. It also hopes to utilize Advanced Boiling Water Reactor (ABWR) technology. Also recently, Horizon Chief Operating Officer Alan Raymant welcomed the release of the Energy Bill, which was presented to parliament by UK energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey. The bill, long in development, is designed to encourage the development of low-carbon energy infrastructure and resources.
Sources: Energy Efficiency News, World Nuclear News
Study: Fukushima Daiichi Had No Impact on Rate of Thyroid Cysts
A new study comparing thyroid gland cysts in children from Tokyo to those of children in Fukushima indicates that radiation from the accident at Fukushima Daiichi is not a factor. The rates were approximately the same, according to The Asahi Shimbun. On rare occasions, the cysts can lead to cancer. The findings were presented by physicians at Ito Hospital in Tokyo at the Japan Thyroid Association on Nov. 30.
Source: The Asahi Shimbun
Fully Online Nuclear Reactor Pushes U.S. Capacity to 87 Percent
U.S. nuclear energy generation is now up to 87 percent capacity with the recent return to full power of the Dominion Resources Inc.-owned 799-megawatt Surry 2 reactor in Virginia, according to U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission data. That also gives the United States its longest streak of consecutive days of increased nuclear power generation since May, according to Businessweek.