Germany Moves from Atoms to Photons

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Germany has adopted a seemingly contradictory set of policies in its effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and increase energy security. While it has greatly emphasized renewable energy, the government remains committed to a phase-out of nuclear power and to the construction of new gas pipelines from Russia.

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Berlin hosts int'l confab on N-energy

Monday, December 8, 2008

An international confab on nuclear energy has opened in Berlin to promote exchange of information on technical and legal aspects of the issue.

Some 200 participants of the two-day conference will focus on nuclear waste disposal, security and relevant issues of nuclear facilities.

Germany's powerful nuclear lobby, Deutsches Atomforum, which enjoys close ties with co-ruling Christian Democratic Party of Chancellor Angela Merkel, hosted the meeting, IRNA reported.

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Germany's RWE says EC plan to auction EUAs will benefit rival EDF

Friday, November 28, 2008

The European Commission's plan to auction 100% of European Union Allowances (EUAs) from 2013 onwards came under fire Thursday from German utility RWE.

RWE's CEO Jurgen Grossmann believes the main beneficiary of the EC's climate change plans would be French utility EDF.

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Germany Reaches Kyoto Emissions Commitments

Friday, November 28, 2008

A new study shows that Germany has already reduced greenhouse gas emissions to the level pledged in the Kyoto Protocol. But a greater reliance on coal-fired power plants may soon reverse the trend.

When it comes to global warming and concurrent efforts to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases, Germany has always tried to present itself as a leader. New data set to be released on Friday shows that the country has earned its bragging rights.

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Power company offers nuke-heavy power plan

Sunday, November 16, 2008

BERLIN, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- German power company RWE is offering consumers a zero-carbon energy plan fueled mostly by nuclear power plants.

Der Spiegel said the "Pro-Climate Power" derives 68 percent of its power from nuclear sources and 32 percent from hydroelectric energy.

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Nuke plant reborn as 'green' data center

Sunday, November 16, 2008

1&1 Internet - one of the world's largest web hosts - will build its next European data center inside an abandoned nuclear fuel facility.

Built in the late 1980s, Hanau, Germany's 'New MOX' plant was supposed to process fuel for nuclear reactors, making mixed oxide rods from enriched Uranium and Plutonium. But thanks to local protests, it was never turned on, and in 1995, it was abandoned by owner Siemens AG. Then, more than a decade later, after it escaped from nuclear control legislation, 1&1 came calling.

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Thousands in Germany protest nuclear transport

Sunday, November 9, 2008

BERLIN (AP) — Almost 15,000 anti-nuclear demonstrators protested Saturday against a shipment of reprocessed nuclear waste being transported to a storage site in northern Germany, police said.

German police were working to free three demonstrators who had chained themselves to railway tracks near the western city of Woerth, preventing the shipment from crossing from France into Germany.

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Students protest nuclear transport

Friday, November 7, 2008

BERLIN: Some 500 students demonstrated Friday against the disposal of reprocessed nuclear waste at a temporary storage center in northwest Germany, police said.

A train carrying the waste was due to leave France Friday, with trucks taking it the final miles (kilometers) to the storage facility near the town of Gorleben early Monday.

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German reactors an easy terror target?

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

FRANKFURT, Germany, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- A German politician has called for shutting down seven nuclear power plants because they are not safe from a terrorist attack.

Hermann Scheer of the Social Democratic Party said Germany's seven oldest nuclear power plants should be shut down because their outer shells wouldn't protect the nuclear core against targeted terrorist attacks using kidnapped passenger planes.

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EnergySolutions not true to its word

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Remember that "The Simpsons" episode where Homer gains so much weight he plugs the cooling tower? Hilarious stuff. Laugh out loud funny.

This joke EnergySolutions is playing on all of us - nuclear regulators, the governor and Utah residents? Not so funny.

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