The Port of Corpus Christi in Texas recently expanded its breakbulk capacity, and its new breakbulk cargo laydown yard received its first shipment of turbine components on July 14. "The future of wind energy is important to Corpus Christi, Texas, and the United States, and our Rincon West Yard is an incredibly viable logistics option for the innovative wind-energy industry," said port CEO Sean Strawbridge.
Offshore wind make sense for the US Gulf Coast, not only because projects can generate a lot of electricity using relatively few turbines, but also because it supports jobs and provides the same economic benefits as land-based wind, said Liz Burdock, executive director of the Business Network for Offshore Wind. Burdock said her organization is working to develop infrastructure needed to support the industry's development on the US Gulf Coast.
The growth of wind and solar energy in North Carolina has been phenomenal over the past decade -- a trend that bodes well for the state and entire US, said Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center director Drew Ball. "If they continue to increase at just a third of the rate they've grown nationally, wind and solar will provide enough power to meet America's electricity needs by 2035," Ball said.
The Energy Department has issued a "funding opportunity announcement" to invest up to $6 million in research projects looking to cut the development costs and environmental effects associated with wind energy. Concept papers are due by Aug. 15.
Comprehensive Decommissioning International is a joint venture created by SNC-Lavalin and Holtec International to reduce the time a US nuclear site is restricted for other uses to eight years or less. "CDI's vision is to become the leading decommissioning contractor in this market," said Holtec Chief Nuclear Officer Pierre Oneid.
North Korea will likely not be able to end its nuclear weapons efforts within a year, said Dan Coats, US director of national intelligence. Verification will be an important part of denuclearization efforts, Coats said.
Energy Department Secretary Rick Perry recently went to facilities owned by General Atomics, which has department funding. Accident-tolerant fuel-rod cladding using silicon-carbide composite is one project General Atomics is working on.
Nuclear energy doesn't produce carbon emissions, is an efficient power generator and is safe, writes Richard Rhodes. Studies indicate that "even the worst possible accident at a nuclear power plant ... was yet far less destructive than other major industrial accidents," he writes.
The Radioactive and Hazardous Waste Committee of the New Mexico Legislature on Thursday met to discuss concerns about a proposed temporary nuclear waste repository in the state. Holtec International Chief Communications Officer Joy Russell addressed safety and transportation concerns for the 40-year license her company is seeking.