At the end of the last entry a committee was formed to determine the best course of action for the city in regard to electricity generation.
They recommended that the city stick with nuclear power, as it was a compromise between the cheap and nasty generation method of coal and the more expensive, but truly clean renewables such as solar or wind. However the committee concluded that the cities current nuclear plants were based on old, outdated designs, and thus recommended the construction of a modern, much more efficient nuclear station. Whilst this would involve massive initial investment, it would pay-off, with much lower operating costs, and also a much safer plant.
The cities current plants cost the city $80,000 to build, and produced power at an optimal rate of 32,000 Mwh/month for $6000/month with a safety rating of 'poor'. That's a cost of around 19 cents per Mwh of power.
In comparison, a modern Russian VVER-440 V 213, pressurised water vapour style plant would initially cost $150,000 to build, but produce power at an optimal rate of 41,000 Mwh/month for $3000/month, with a safety rating of 'fair'. That's about 8 cents per Mwh of power. In short the newer Russian plant would reduce power generation costs by a whopping 58%.
The city commenced construction of a new plant right away to replace the older plants, and the city was soon operating its newer, cheaper, safer nuclear energy plant.
Below is a picture of the new plant.
Fire was beginning to pose an increased threat to the city, even with mandatory smoke detector installation, fires were becoming all too commonplace in the city.
Furthermore, having effective fire services was essential in reducing the risk posed by the nuclear power plant and threat of a nuclear meltdown.
The decision was therefore made to construct another fire station, in a central area of the city to act as a fire command centre. It is hoped that this will lead to increased effectiveness in fire fighting in the city. The new fire command centre is shown below.
The new fire centre appears to have worked, as can be seen in the data below, effective fire brigade coverage has been vastly increased by the new station, and now covers practically the entire city.
Next up, a further expansion of the housing sector was completed, along with a new hospital and railway station in the new sector. Unfortunately there proved to be little demand for new housing, and much of this sector remained vacant and undeveloped, months after it was released to the market.
A courthouse was also constructed in the centre of the city, opposite a Chili's fast food outlet, as can be seen in the image below.
Water pollution was once again posing a major hazard to the city once more, as evident from the data below.
The decision was therefore made to construct a water treatment plant to clean the water supply in the worse effected area (the industrial sector). The new plant can be seen below.
It was decided in a council meeting that the lack of development in the newly expanded housing area must have been due to a lack of jobs available. The council then came to the extremely controversial decision to zone more land for industrial development directly next to the housing, which lead to some residents having massive polluting factories directly across the street from their homes. The motion for the new development only just past (26 votes for, 24 against), and it was widely believed that those councillors who voted for the development received the vast majority of their campaign funds from dirty industry. The new development can be seen in the picture below, side by side with the new housing area.
The majority of the land in Solminia was now developed, with only patches of undeveloped land existing around the edges of the city. I'll now leave you with some night-time images of the cities two main avenue intersections.
Once again, any comments would be welcomed, and thanks for reading. :-)