Global Energy News Roundup: August 31

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


Nuclear Reactor Restart in Japan Restricts Solar Energy Suppliers

With the restart of a fourth nuclear reactor, Kyushu Electric Power Co may start restricting third-party supplies of solar energy. Kyushu Electric Power Co is Japan’s fifth largest utility by sales and this week restarted the No. 2 reactor at its Sendai station. According to a Kyushu spokesperson, the restart is expected to limit the purchase of renewable energy as soon as next month and that “output restrictions can occur when power demand is low and solar power generation is high, such as in the autumn, spring or at the year-end and beginning of the year.”

Source: Reuters

The Hill Contributor Highlights China’s and Russia’s Push For Nuclear Power Development Worldwide

The Hill published an opinion piece comparing the United States’ nuclear power market to China’s and Russia’s. The author called the advances by China and Russia in nuclear power “daunting,” explaining how “both countries are fully engaged in the construction of nuclear plants, loading fuel into reactors, connecting nuclear plants to the grid, developing programs for closing the fuel cycle, conducting research and development on advanced reactors and, in order to sustain these cycles of activity, securing decades-long nuclear construction deals throughout the world.” In order to challenge China’s and Russia’s push to increase its nuclear power development, the author argues that the U.S. must create a strategy “that includes a viable public-private partnership for advancing the state of nuclear science, engineering and technology in America.” Without this partnership, the U.S. will continue to fall behind in the nuclear power sector.

Source: The Hill

French Report Supports More Nuclear Reactors

A report commissioned by France’s government which was prepared for the Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire and the now resigned Environment Minister Hulot proposed building five new nuclear reactors. Le Maire spoke positively of nuclear power on a radio show and stated that nuclear power is an asset for France because of its low greenhouse gas emissions and competitive costs. According to the article, France’s nuclear sector slowed reactor construction in the 1990s, but this report could provide a preview of France’s effort to build new reactors.

Source: Reuters

Second AP1000 Connects to the Grid in China

Earlier this summer, Sanmen 1 in China’s Zhejiang province became the first AP1000 to connect to the grid and generate power. Unit 2 of the Sanmen nuclear power plant has also now been connected to the grid and has begun supplying power, making it the second reactor in the world to do so. According to the article the “unit will now undergo gradual power ascension testing until all testing is safely and successfully completed at 100% power. On completion of these tests, CNNC will then seek approval for commercial operation of the unit.”

Source: World Nuclear News