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Nuclear Energy

Nuclear EnergyThere is talk of a nuclear renaissance across the political spectrum, and tens of billions of dollars in new federal money to kick start it. But critics worry the expensive industry will forever be a ward of the state; or saddle ratepayers with steep electric bills for a generation or more; or compromise national security.
"Pull the plug on Vatenfall."
Citizens in Berlin are fighting to democratize and decentralize the city's energy system, and they've found an unlikely model—in Sacramento, Calif.
BERLIN, Germany—A decision 90 years ago by the people of Sacramento, Calif. to oust a private...
Dec 12, 2013 | Read More
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz
At the often misunderstood DOE Loan Programs Office, 200 staffers work to fill a critical financing hole for new energy technologies in the United States.
At the U.S. Department of Energy's Washington, D.C. headquarters, the fourth floor feels like ...
Oct 9, 2013 | Read More
Peter Davidson
Peter Davidson, a former investment banker, takes the helm. 'The truth is not at all what the popular perception is,' he says.
Peter Davidson walked nervously toward a U.S. Senate conference room in Washington, D.C. A lanky...
Oct 3, 2013 | Read More
Nuclear industry hangs in the balance
As the economics of building plants and maintaining old ones erode, some experts see little hope for an industry being touted by some as a climate savior.
A string of plant closures, project cancellations and other setbacks has raised new doubts about...
Sep 24, 2013 | Read More

Four companies announced nuclear plant closures in 2013—representing the first shutdowns in 15 years, and an unprecedented single-year retrenchment for the U.S. nuclear industry. "Renaissance in...

Sep 18, 2013 | Read More
Likely DOE nominee Ernest Moniz has already drawn fire from some environmentalists for being pro-industry. But his speeches reveal a more nuanced position.
The likely nomination of nuclear physicist Ernest Moniz to lead the Department of Energy has drawn...
Feb 21, 2013 | Read More
Anti-nuclear protest in Freiburg, Germany, in March 2011.
Clean Break: Chapter 4 in the story of Germany's switch to renewables
Bonn, Germany—On the afternoon of April 29, 1986, West Germany's Interior Minister Friedrich...
Nov 16, 2012 | Read More
Markus Bohnert, co-director of Bürger Energie St. Peter.
Clean Break: Chapter 3 in the story of Germany's switch to renewables
Sankt Peter im Schwarzwald, Germany—The Abbey of St. Peter in the Black Forest has had its ups and...
Nov 15, 2012 | Read More
Panel discussion on InsideClimate News book Clean Break
'To people who say it can't be done here, it worked in Germany. If they can do it there, we can do it here,' says Clean Break author Osha Gray Davidson.
How can the United States turn its clean energy economy into one as robust as Germany's, where 26...
Nov 14, 2012 | Read More
Wind farm in Germany.
Clean Break: Chapter 2 in the story of Germany's switch to renewables
Zingst, Germany—"What an eyesore, huh?" the man standing next to me on the beach said, nodding in...
Nov 14, 2012 | Read More