Global Energy News Roundup: June 8

The Forum on Energy weekly news roundup brings together a mix of global energy stories from around the web. It is published every Thursday and is available on Twitter via @forumonenergy

5th Reactor in Japan is Put Back into Operation

This week, Kansai Electric Power Company announced that Unit 3 of the Takahama nuclear power plant was restarted. This follows the restart of Takahama 4, which resumed operation in May. With these restarts, 5 Japanese reactors total are currently in operation. Last March Takahama 3 and 4 were issued an injunction by a judge disallowing their operation, even though both units were deemed safe by the NRA.  That injunction was then lifted by a higher court.

Source: World Nuclear News

South Korea Plans to Leave Nuclear and Coal Behind in Favor of Renewable Energy and LNG

An energy plan proposed by South Korea’s new administration abandons the long standing coal and nuclear industries in the country, instead turning towards renewable energy and liquid natural gas for its energy production. The government’s plan aims to increase “gas-fired generation from about 18 percent now to 27 percent by 2030 and boost the use of renewables, now mainly hydro, from roughly 5 percent to 20 percent.” Experts are warning that this policy could cause an energy security threat and also increase electricity prices.

Source: Reuters

Group Forms to Push Government Support for Three Mile Island

The group Clean Jobs for Pennsylvania is calling for government funding in order to keep Three Mile Island open. The push comes after the nuclear power plant’s owner, Exelon, announced last week its plans to shut down the plant in 2019 due to lack of funding. Three Mile Island is located in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania and its Commissioner, Mike Pries, has publicly stated his worry that shutting down the power plant will cause many jobs to be lost and have negative effects on the county.

Source: WITF

IEA States Consistent Policy Support Needed for Nuclear Energy

The International Energy Agency (IEA) stated that consistent and clear policy support is needed for nuclear power if the industry is to expand its contribution to the world’s transition to cleaner energy sources. Policy support in all areas, from research to deployment, will be important for the nuclear power industry if it wants to meet its future production and capacity goals. In response to the report, World Nuclear Association Director-General Agneta Rising stated  “The IEA’s report is clear: nuclear needs to be a major source of clean energy, reliably supplying the world’s future requirements.”

Source: World Nuclear News