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Registered: 2009-08-19 Alaska
Alaska is perfect for nuclear reactors because the advantage of operating having a colder heat sink for your condensers. Based on the temperatures of northern Alaska compared to southern Texas you could be looking at as much as 10% gain in thermal efficiency
I'm quite sure it would be more efficient in producing the power, it would however be highly inefficient in resource expenditure per capita. Florida's Progress Energy estimated the cost at building 2 Nukes for FL would be around $17B. So figure we build one of those here to power the state for $8.5B. Construction costs here would probably be significantly more for any number of reasons, but take that as a bottom figure. With a population of around 650,000, it would cost each and every Nanook up here and all the Papooses $13,000 each just to build the thing. Then you have to add in the yearly operating costs, including the none to cheap price of the fuel. Then add to that the cost of decommissioning said reactor at the end of its lifespan, when all the tubing has turned to swiss cheese from constant irradiation. Add to that the cost of stringing power lines all over the state, because if you just used it to power up Anchorage, the Mat-Su Valley and Fairbanks where you have high voltage lines strung some already it would only serve around 450,000 people, which would then increase building costs per capita to around $18,888 for the Nanooks.
Add to this the fact Alaska is among the most geologically active spots on the planet, home to the largest Earthquake ever recorded on the North American continent at 9.2 on the Richter scale which absolutely LEVELLED Anchorage in 1964. You wanna put this reactor at the foot of Mt Redoubt? LOL. Who is going to insure this reactor? AIG? ROFLMAOPIMP.
Yup, Alaska is a PERFECT spot for a Nuke! This is the kind of forward thinking that Amerika is famous for, so I have no doubt whatsoever we will build one here.