In light of yet another nuclear renaissance story, here's a quick update on nuclear power.
Two areas of bad news, one of uncertainty, and spectacular improvements of the alternatives: renewables and storage.
The Vogtle 3 and 4 reactors were delayed again. These two conventional reactors were started in 2013 and will cost at least $30.34 billion. https://www.world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Further-delay-in-startup-of-Vogtle-AP1000s
Nuclear bad news 2: Small modular reactors, pitched as a low-waste future version of nuclear power, are actually likely to compound nuclear waste, according to a peer-reviewed analysis.
SMRs have some economic problems as well. https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/11/first-major-modular-nuclear-project-having-difficulty-retaining-backers/
A balanced look at the leading SMR project, which promises a reactor in 2029. Far too early to tell if they will meet their cost promises. https://www.utilitydive.com/news/nuscale-makes-public-debut-but-requires-a-lot-of-financing-to-launch-smal/624568/
Here's an informed skeptical take from Amory Lovins on just how long that can last. https://www.energyintel.com/00000180-f7a8-d67b-a3cd-f7faad650000m
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