April 9, 2012

The woes at San Onofre nuclear power plant offer an opportunity to reconsider Alvin Weinberg's dream: the thorium alternative.

April 3, 2012

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March 26, 2012

Some creative research may help to reboot the industry

March 19, 2012

Wind energy is pretty much past its technology development stage. What’s the point of further PTC or other subsidies?

March 12, 2012

Last week’s Insight (see Geomagnetic Storms Could Blow Away the Power Grid: Fixes are Possible When And If We Get Concerned Enough) discussed the potential of impacts of geomagnetic induced currents (GIC) on the power grid. I expressed the opinion that the utility industry usually takes major preventive action only after a disaster strikes, and that we weren’t doing enough to protect the North American grid.

March 5, 2012

Are solar flares and geomagnetic storms just more ‘the sky is falling’ scares? Or do we need to take action, and soon?

February 28, 2012

Why the United States must reduce its dependence on rare earth metals to keep lamp costs from skyrocketing.

February 21, 2012

Somehow we came to believe that dumpy looking meant ‘reliable’ and 'cost-effective'- sort of the old Volvo approach.

February 14, 2012

Sure it’s a big, exciting paradigm shift! But before we high-five in the parking lot, we better figure out how we’re going to get the customer to cough up the bucks.

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