Making the Case for Nuclear Energy in the 21st Century: an evening of pro-nuclear discussions

On April 4th, 2017 I attended a forum presented by Energy Northwest, the operators of the Columbia Generating station (the Northwest’s only nuclear power plant), and Seattle Friends of Fission at Town Hall. The panel was exclusively pro-nuclear and included:

  • James Conca, Forbes.com contributor on energy and environmental issues
  • Nick Touran, advanced nuclear reactor physicist, TerraPower
  • Kristin Zaitz, senior consulting engineer, Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant
  • Moderator: Scott Montgomery, nationally acclaimed writer, and adjunct faculty, UW Jackson School of Intl. Studies

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NW Wind Power – Too Much of a Good Thing?

This is a repost of an  article I wrote for Sustainable West Seattle in May, 2011. Given the heavy snow pack that the Pacific coast got this winter, we’re likely to see a repeat of the situation we saw in 2011.

The Challenges of Wind Development in the Northwest

It was recently reported that the Northwest power grid operators (primarily the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA)) plan to instruct wind farm operators to turn their turbines off occasionally this spring, because our grid can’t handle all of the power. Why are we turning off wind farms now and not shutting down Washington’s only coal power plant until 2025?

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