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Engaging and informing on the politics of nuclear power

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Engaging and informing on the politics of nuclear power By chloecox – 11.19.2014 Suitors for halted Bellefonte nuclear project ask TVA to consider climate in reviving sale Our choice to sign onto the Leadership Council of Nuclear Matters was an easy one. The way we see it, we must do everything we can to keep America’s existing nuclear energy facilities operating because additional premature closures of nuclear plants will jeopardize all of the great benefits these facilities provide. Our co-chairs, former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) and former Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH), recognized the need for bipartisan collaboration to create real, implementable policy solutions for the American people. This is a belief and a skill that they bring to Nuclear Matters. and former U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) Former Secretary of Energy and U.S. Senator Spencer Abraham (R-MI) and former U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) are members of the Leadership Council of Nuclear Matters. @Nuclear_Matters There is an abundance of broad, overarching questions that are major priorities right now when it comes to the future of electricity in the United States. Where should it come from? How should it be delivered, valued and priced? As former public officials with experience in the energy sector, these are just some of the questions we have considered throughout our respective careers, and they remain of utmost importance to us now. No posts to display NuclearReactors Facebook Facebook Twitter TAGSAEPNPI Volume 7 Issue 6 Linkedin Additionally, it was important that the campaign’s leadership appreciate and represent the viewpoints of the regulatory bodies that are so critical to the way our country’s electricity system functions. To that end, two former regulators joined the Leadership Council: Vicky Bailey, former Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and former Assistant Secretary for both Policy and International Affairs of the U.S. Department of Energy; and David Wright, former President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and Chairman of the South Carolina Public Service Commission (PSC). At FERC and NARUC respectively, Bailey and Wright were focused on ensuring reliable utility service and fair costs for both consumers and generators. They witnessed firsthand just how instrumental the existing nuclear plants were to meeting these criteria. By Former Secretary of Energy and U.S. Senator Spencer Abraham (R-MI) Nuclear energy has always been on the radar, but the existence of America’s nuclear fleet tends to be something that is taken for granted by both the public and policymakers. In reality, existing nuclear energy plants should be a top priority as they are mainstays of, and integral to, our nation’s diverse energy portfolio: they provide about one-fifth of the country’s electricity supply, powering tens of millions of homes and businesses; they are the country’s most reliable source of baseload generation; they are key to advancing America toward a clean energy future and meeting state and national carbon emissions goals; and they are strong drivers of both economic growth and jobs in communities across the nation. Another Leadership Council member, former Secretary of Commerce and White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, is a leader whose roles have made him intimately familiar with what drives the U.S. economy. Because nuclear energy plants provide so many American jobs, two leaders from organized labor also came on board. Edwin Hill, international president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and Sean McGarvey, president of the North America’s Building Trades Unions, bring a unique perspective on just how important the nuclear industry is to the employment and economic security of trade workers in the U.S. A typical U.S. nuclear plant employs between 500 and 700 workers in jobs that pay, on average, 36 percent above the prevailing local wage rate. And according to a recent study on fuel diversity by IHS CERA, if the U.S. power sector were to move from its current diverse generation mix which includes nuclear to a less diverse generating mix, this could lead to roughly 1 million fewer jobs. Looking ahead, we hope to increasingly engage stakeholders on both state and national levels in conversations that are centered on the solutions that can be explored with an eye toward preserving these plants. Even though, as a campaign, we are not here to prescribe specific policy solutions, and it is important to note that different solutions may be called for in different parts of the country and in different jurisdictions, we are ultimately striving to inform and engage leaders across the country who are charged with that task. Linkedin More Nuclear Power Internaional Issue ArticlesNuclear Power Internaional Issue ArchivesView Power Generation Articles on PennEnergy.com New Jersey utility regulators extend zero-carbon breaks for PSEG nuclear power plants Optimizing Plant Performance: The April POWERGEN+ series activates today It’s no coincidence that a broad and bipartisan mix of voices has coalesced in support of nuclear energy. The bottom line is that if we want to ensure a future of reliable, carbon-free electricity production that drives jobs and economic growth for Americans, the time to preserve these plants is now. These Leadership Council members have shared their wide range of experience and expertise at energy and environment events around the country over the last eight months. Whether it’s Carol Browner delivering the keynote address at the Independent Power Producers of New York conference, or Sen. Bayh speaking at the Michigan Energy Futures Conference, the leadership of the campaign is working tirelessly to engage a range of stakeholders across the country in a dialogue around the need to preserve the nation’s nuclear fleet. Nuclear Matters has also hosted events in Philadelphia and New York City, marking the first in a series that the campaign will be hosting around the country in the coming months to further this dialogue. Yet, some nuclear energy plants face a confluence of economic factors, including the unintended consequences of market structure and government policy and an influx of cheap natural gas, that are putting them in real danger of shutting down prematurely. Some already have – and the impact has proven to be severe. For example, the closure of Wisconsin’s Kewaunee plant cost its host county 15 percent of its jobs and 30 percent of its tax revenue. Another plant, Vermont Yankee, is scheduled to close by the end of 2014, and electricity companies in the surrounding areas have announced rate increases for this winter – by 37 percent for customers in western Massachusetts and 50 percent for some in New Hampshire. Additionally, a reported 600 jobs will be lost. Previous articleThe future of the U.S. nuclear industry depends on collaborationNext articleEnhancing the quality of safety training chloecox Twitter Since its launch in March of this year, Nuclear Matters has rallied a diverse and bipartisan mix of voices in support of America’s existing nuclear energy plants. The Leadership Council of the campaign is itself evidence of a wide range of support for nuclear plants; it includes former legislators, regulators and public figures from around the country and both sides of the aisle, who are divided on many issues but have decided to join together for the common purpose of preserving America’s existing nuclear fleet. Spreading the Word Former and longest serving EPA Administrator Carol Browner is also a part of the campaign and brings her extensive energy and environmental policy experience to the organization. At EPA, Browner was charged with protecting our nation’s public health and the environment, and was known for working with both environmental groups and the private sector to promote clean air and other environmental goals. Based on this experience, she came to believe that preserving America’s existing nuclear plants is a key part of our country’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions. Diverse, Bipartisan Leadershiplast_img read more

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You Can Now Rent Bob Dylan And The Band’s ‘Big Pink’ House For A Vacation

first_imgWhat was once the iconic locale for Bob Dylan’s The Basement Tapes and The Band’s Music From Big Pink is now the site of the newest vacation rental listing on VRBO.VRBO is a company similar to Airbnb with property rental listings for vacations. The “Big Pink” house in Saugerties, NY just popped up on their database, as observed by Jambase, and can be rented nightly with an average price of $411 per night.The house was the staging grounds for The Basement Tapes, an intimate session with The Band members Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson and Robbie Robertson in 1967 that produced nearly a hundred recorded songs. The session occurred after Dylan crashed his motorcycle near Woodstock, NY, and was forced to remove himself from the public eye. While The Basement Tapes weren’t officially released until 1975, the incredible wealth of material actually recently spawned a tribute supergroup, The New Basement Tapes, composed of Jim James, Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, Taylor Goldsmith, and Rhiannon Giddens.Watch Jim James, Elvis Costello, and Marcus Mumford Perform As ‘The New Basement Tapes’ On KimmelThe full description on the VRBO page reads as follows:Big Pink, the house where Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes were recorded with his back-up band, later know as The Band, whose first album was called “Music from Big Pink”. The updated Dormer unit was Levon Helm’s bunk area back In the late ’60s. The Central Staircase opens mid-unit to a dining table & chairs; to the right is a desk-bar; the kitchen, with stone counter-top; bathroom with tile shower, and a futon-couch-sitting area. To the left, in the bedroom area, there’s a sitting area with TV ( limited cable ) and a queen sided bed with a quality mattress set. The Dormer has air-conditioning, and views of Overlook Mountain, fields and forest. Outside is the lawn with out-door furniture & original stone fireplace/bbq area nestled beneath the pines. The Dormer can sleep 4, and has WiFi.The main floor is a 2 bedroom unit with a sunroom ( Rick’s room – was Rick Danko’s quarters), living room with sofa, writing table & chairs at the picture window, wood-stove/fireplace. It opens into the Dining Room, which has a antique dining table & chairs for 6. The kitchen, as does much of the house, maintains the mid-century period look, with forest views east. The main bedroom has a queen-sized bed, desk, sitting area & full closet. The second bedroom has 2 twin beds, dressers and side tables. The sunroom had a futon twin couch ( which folds down to become a sleeper). The sunroom has it’s own back entrance, and opens to the lawn and old out-door fireplace for campfire evenings. All told, upstairs has a queen bed and full futon – can sleep 4 people max. The Main Floor has a queen-sized bed, 2 twins and a single ‘twin’ futon on the sunporch -and so can sleep 5 max.Note: the Basement is not included in the rental.last_img read more

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