The best listeners appreciate the other person's perspective and realize new possibilities could result from each exchange, writes C. Otto Scharmer of the Presencing Institute. "You listen with openness to what is unknown and emerging," he writes.
NASA will hold a press conference on May 2 to announce the latest results of its experiments on the Kilopower project, which aims to develop a nuclear reactor for use in space missions. NASA hopes the reactor can be used to generate power in harsh environments on the moon and Mars to perform tasks, send information back to earth, and eventually establish an outpost.
Nuclear energy is the largest source of carbon-free power in the US, and shutting down nuclear power plants will leave a gap that will be filled with fossil fuels, Ryan Cooper writes. Leaders need to provide zero-emissions credits to keep existing plants in operation while renewables further develop.
Some environmental groups see value in measures keeping nuclear power plants -- the largest source of carbon-free energy currently available -- open, while others think that money would be better spent on developing renewables. Debates are playing out state by state, but Congress could tax carbon emissions, giving a boost to both nuclear energy and renewables.
Downsizing, outsourcing and rigorous process methods have easily realized gains that make them attractive to businesses, but the flip side is losses in areas not easily measured, such as morale and internal knowledge, writes Freek Vermeulen. "[W]e habitually base our spreadsheets, targets and 'net-present value' calculations on hard numbers, under-representing the elements that cannot be quantified," he writes.
Construction of Unit 1 at the Barakah nuclear power plant in the United Arab Emirates is finished, and the reactor is undergoing additional tests as regulators review it before granting an operating license. Emirates Nuclear Energy is in the process of handing over plant operations to Nawah Energy.
Workers are striking at some nuclear power plants in France, decreasing nuclear power generation by 4.1 gigawatts Thursday. Overall nuclear production was just under 42 gigawatts.
Arizona Public Service said it may have to close its Palo Verde nuclear power plant in Arizona in six years if voters approve a ballot measure requiring utilities to get 50% of their power from renewables by 2030. The measure would cause an oversupply of energy for half of the year, causing baseload power providers to shut down.
The Trump administration sees the value of the nuclear energy industry for domestic and international purposes, Energy Secretary Rick Perry said. To that end, the US is committed to its partnerships with other countries to develop nuclear power programs, he said.
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