Global Energy News Roundup: November 2

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


Japan Prefecture Paves Way for Nuclear Comeback

Today The Asahi Shimbun published an article describing the comeback of Japan’s nuclear energy industry. The author highlights Ikata of the Ehime Prefecture where in September “a court reversed a decision that had idled Shikoku Electric’s sole nuclear reactor for about a year, paving the way for the operator to re-open the facility last week.” The prefecture’s nuclear proponents were able to fight a string of lawsuits since 2011 by hiring “veteran lawyers” and going to resident’s homes to promote the industry. Additionally, government subsidies were made available for local projects. Strategies such as this one have put Japan on track to have nine reactors running soon. Please see here for more details.

Source: The Asahi Shimbun

Japan’s Nuclear Energy Industry Expected to Miss 2030 Targets

While Japan’s nuclear energy industry has made positive strides since 2011, it is expected to miss a government target of providing at least a fifth of the country’s electricity by 2030. Currently, eight reactors are running and one more is set to come online in November. However, operators only expect six units to restart in the next five years, which will be too low a number for Japan to reach its nuclear energy goals in 2030.

Source: The Japan Times

Poland’s Energy Minister Pushes for More Nuclear Energy Production

Poland’s energy minister has made clear that his country should adopt nuclear power in order to meet climate goals in a recent opinion piece published in the magazine Wszystko C Najwazniejsze. Poland currently relies mainly on coal and imported gas for its electricity production which hurts its efforts to meet the European Union’s carbon emissions reduction targets. The energy minister, Krzysztof Tchorzewski, wrote that “the climate policy of the European Union and the winter package compel further decrease of the percentage of coal in the energy mix amid the continuously growing demand for electricity. Against this background, we must answer the strategic question: What source of energy can provide us with a stable supply of electricity no matter the weather conditions and in keeping with the foundations of our energy security?” Tchorzewski believes nuclear power is the answer.

Source: World Nuclear News

Plutonium Removed at South Carolina Nuclear Site

Equipment that was contaminated with plutonium from the manufacturing of fuel for missions deep into space has been removed from the US Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site. This marks a milestone in reducing the risk previously found at the South Carolina site. 235-F Project Manager Jeff Hasty stated that “this material removal marks a huge milestone in the multi-year process to reduce the risk and clean up the PuFF Facility cells…We started planning for removal in 2012 and have been preparing the cells since then. Work completed so far in the facility includes removing fixed combustibles, upgrading the fire detection system, de-energizing unneeded electrical circuits, draining and cleaning shield windows after their partial disassembly, and installing light sources.”

Source: World Nuclear News

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