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2013-12-19 12:23:58

Economist Details $210 to $350 Billion in Costs That Undercut Case for New Reactors and Extended Life for Old Reactors; True Cost of Nuclear Power is $10-$20 Higher Per Megawatt Hour. WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) must start taking into account the full cost of nuclear waste disposal and storage, which would add up to a third of a trillion dollars to the price tag of nuclear power, according to a declaration filed...

2013-08-27 12:24:34

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mark Cooper, senior fellow for economic analysis, Institute for Energy and the Environment, Vermont Law School and author of a July 17th report forecasting that three dozen reactors are at risk of early retirement, issued the following statement today: "The announcement today by Entergy that it will shutter the troubled Vermont Yankee reactor is the latest - but certainly not the last - domino to fall for the failing U.S. nuclear power...

2013-08-01 16:23:58

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mark Cooper, senior fellow for economic analysis, Institute for Energy and the Environment, Vermont Law School and author of a July 17th report forecasting that three dozen reactors are at risk of early retirement, issued the following statement today: "The announcement by Duke that it is abandoning the Levy reactor project in Florida is the second such announcement by that utility in the space of just a few weeks. The Duke decision...

2013-07-17 16:22:17

In Wake of San Onofre, Crystal River & Kewaunee Shutdowns, Cooper Outlines Next Nuclear Reactors Under the Greatest Pressure to Close Down; Reactors in AL CA, CT, FL, IL, IA, KS, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX, VT, and WI on "At Risk" List. WASHINGTON, July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The tough times the U.S. nuclear power industry faces today are only going to get worse. In the wake of nine major nuclear reactor closures or uprate cancellations...

2013-07-16 12:22:56

In Wake of San Onofre, Crystal River, Kewaunee, Shearon Harris Shutdowns or Abandonments, Cooper to Detail Nuclear Reactors Under the Greatest Pressure to Close Down; Reactors in CA, CT, FL, IL, IA, KS, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX, VT, and WI on "Most At Risk" List. WASHINGTON, July 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A groundbreaking new analysis to be released at 1:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday (July 17, 2013) by economic analyst Mark Cooper will show that...

2013-03-12 16:21:24

New Study Focuses on "Uneconomical" Reactor Projects in FL, SC, and GA Financed by "Advance Cost Recovery" Schemes; Lessons Seen for IA, UT, MO, and Other States Toying With ACR Financing. WASHINGTON, March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A report to be released at 11 a.m. EDT Thursday (March 14, 2013) by a Vermont Law School Institute for Energy and the Environment expert will show that ratepayers in three states - Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina - would be better off "eating"...

2013-02-05 16:21:42

Implications for Levy County Reactor Project Discussed WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mark Cooper -- a leading U.S. expert on nuclear reactor financing who has testified at several Florida PSC hearings since 2009 - is available this afternoon to comment on the announcement by Duke Energy of plans to close their Crystal River nuclear reactor. He issued the following statement today: "The closure of the Crystal River plant should come as no surprise. The company's...

2012-07-16 06:21:45

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A new analysis from the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) shows that passenger vehicle fuel economy and emissions standards, to be finalized this summer, align with consumer demands and needs. The report examines historical and current day mileage and pricing data as well as new polling data to determine what consumers want and need, whether or not the auto industry can deliver on those needs, and whether or not fuel economy improvements will be...

2012-03-29 06:22:27

Analysis of 251 Reactors Built or Cancelled in the U.S. Finds that Intractable Safety Issues Have Steadily Escalated Nuclear Costs and Fukushima Makes It Likely That Future Reactors Will Suffer the Same Fate, Driving Final Nail in Coffin of "Nuclear Renaissance" WASHINGTON, March 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Are affordable new nuclear power and safe nuclear power fundamentally incompatible? The high cost of addressing nuclear power safety concerns that are steadily multiplying...

2012-02-14 10:28:00

Cooper: Example of 4 Southern States Proves That "Robbing" Ratepayers Before Power is Produced Leads to More Expensive Reactors, Higher Than Necessary Rates for Consumers; Major "Electricity Rate Shock" Expected if Iowa Lawmakers Embrace "Nuclear Socialism" DES MOINES, Iowa, Feb. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A leading U.S. expert on nuclear reactor financing is warning that a bill pending in the Iowa Senate to allow MidAmerican to charge in advance for the construction of new...