Re: ISO-New England Requests Voluntary Energy Conservation During Heat Wave
posted at 7/18/2013 2:04 PM EDT
In response to massmoderateJoe's comment:
How can that be?
According to the wingnuts we already have a robust and sound infrastructure and they won't pay for all those unnecessay improvements the libruls want to foist on the public.
Just throw another lump of coal on the turbine-fire and be done with it.
Nukes are still dead in the water because of over reguation and now the ISO-NE cartel issues the conserve notice to build a need for Hydro Quebecs clean energy that will place a new scare on northern NH to bail out southern NE states that want clean energy.
Nukes aren't over-regulated, in fact quite the opposite. With a few exceptions all the nuke plants in the US have been granted extensions long past their useful design life.
The biggest impediment to new nukes is financial. Both in construction and insurance. No private entity is willing to insure a nuke against catastrophe, period. The possible indemnity arising out of a nuke accident is too enormous for any private company to assume that risk and if they did the premiums would be so ridiculously large as to be prohibitive. The Fed is the only entity that is large enough to assume the risk, and the sole insurer of ALL nuke plants in the US today.
No nuke plant can be built in the US without heavy federal subsidies.
There are currently at least four nuke projects being built today after a 30 yr hiatus.
Following a 30-year period in which few new reactors were built, it is expected that 4-6 new units will come on line by 2020, the first of those resulting from 16 licence applications made since mid-2007 to build 24 new nuclear reactors.
Government policy changes since the late 1990s have helped pave the way for significant growth in nuclear capacity. Government and industry are working closely on expedited approval for construction and new plant designs.
And then there's the blatant hypocrisy of those who argue against Fed dollars going to private energy companies... unless of course it's an energy source they support.