Friday, May 4, 2012

And then there were none.

Saturday is the day.

Japan shuts down its last operating nuclear power station.

No word on whether the two units of Kansai Electric, sitting ready to restart, will be allowed to come back on-line.

For those of you thinking "So? You got through last summer ok...", may I point out that we still had many of our nuclear power stations contributing. No restarts means no contribution this year. The Touhoku (Northeast region) is no longer paralyzed by last spring's disaster; demand is substantially higher now.

Meanwhile, the politicians argue over new rules, new goals, and rechartering a national nuclear regulatory agency...

It's going to be a hot summer, in more ways than one.

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