Archive: Nuclear

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Six Forces Disrupting the Power Sector

Multiple disparate trends could forcefully reshape power systems around the world. As electricity markets transform, technologies advance, industries converge, consumption patterns change, environmental

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Pressing Forward with Vogtle, a Nuclear MVP

Georgia wasn’t looking for an award or recognition when we set out to build new nuclear reactors in our state. Yet, we now find ourselves as the last team on the field as our commissioners unanimously voted

MPW’s Improvements Lead to Savings for Southeastern Pulp and Paper Facility

A Florida pulp and paper mill faced a complicated, dangerous process to clean its power boiler during scheduled outages.
Previous efforts to clean the boiler included manual water blasting from scaffolding, which posed a safety risk to workers below due to the potential for falling debris.
The Operations team at MPW Industrial Services recommended that the facility’s


Report: Trump Wants Deep Cuts in Clean Energy Programs

Documents obtained by The Washington Post show the Trump administration is prepared to ask Congress to cut the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) renewable energy and energy efficiency programs by as much as 72% in fiscal year 2019. The newspaper in a January 31 report says Congress likely would not support many of the cuts, but […]


U.S. Nuclear Technology Progress at Risk, Industry Groups Warn

The future of advanced reactors in the U.S. will remain murky unless the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) takes four key steps to support innovation and commercialization of new technology, three key industry groups have warned. U.S. leadership of nuclear technology is “at risk,” and if changes aren’t made it will lose its standing as a […]

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Is the U.S. Too Reliant on Foreign Uranium for Nuclear Power Plant Fuel? [PODCAST]

The nuclear power industry is struggling in the U.S. Several reactors are at risk of early closure due to difficulty competing in the wholesale power markets. New units being built in South Carolina have been abandoned, while the only other nuclear construction project in the U.S.—the Plant Vogtle expansion in Georgia—is behind schedule and over […]

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PSEG’s Izzo Blasts Power Company Opposition to Revived New Jersey Nuclear Subsidy Bill

Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) President and CEO Ralph Izzo gave NRG Energy a tongue-lashing for its pointed opposition of subsidies for PSEG’s two New Jersey nuclear power plants. The tense moment at a January 25 legislative hearing that sought to revive the measure is illustrative of a growing chasm within the power sector about the […]

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Exercise Proves Hacking a Threat to Nuclear Power Plants

Cybersecurity is a topic covered frequently in the pages of POWER magazine, and one that all power plants need to take seriously. A recent simulation proved that the consequences of a hack can be grave. The drill took place in Sweden, but could have been conducted anywhere in the world. The attack used plant control […]

New York. Dynegy and NRG Energy in October 2016 also filed a similar suit in federal court seeking to block New York's Clean Energy Standard, an incentive program approved by the New York Public Service Commission in August 2016 that would use ZECs to help three of that state’s nuclear power plants—R.E. Ginna in Ontario, Nine Mile Point in Oswego, and FitzPatrick in Scriba—remain economic over the next decade. The program requires owners of eligible ZECs to enter into long-term contracts with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Under those contracts, the owners sell the zero-emissions attributes associated with power produced by the plants. Starting in April 2017, New York load-serving entities will be required to buy various amounts of ZECs from NYSERDA each year.

The measure has been opposed by environmental and citizen groups, which say it would result in a $965 million dollar increase in rates. Supporters of the measure argue—citing a Brattle Group study—that electricity consumers in New York would be subject to about $15 billion of additional electricity costs over the next 12 years if the nuclear plants were to close. However, the plan has been seemingly stalled by the New York General Assembly, which recently added a moratorium to its budget bill suspending implementation of the New York ZEC program through December 2018—or at least until state officials appear before the legislature to explain the PSC's controversial decision to approve the ZECs.

R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant. Courtesy: Exelon Corp.

Challenge to N.Y. Nuclear Subsidies Will Go to Trial

A lawsuit challenging subsidies for New York’s nuclear plants will head to trial after the state’s  Supreme Court rejected motions to dismiss it. The measure deals a small setback for Exelon Corp., whose subsidiaries own the R.E Ginna and Nine Mile Point nuclear plants in upstate New York. Defendants in the lawsuit also include Entergy […]

This is an aerial photo of the abandoned V.C. Summer nuclear project in South Carolina, taken in September 2017. Courtesy: Courtesy of High Flyer © 2017

SCANA Sale in Doubt as Questions Swirl

Several possible suitors for SCANA Corp. emerged last fall when it became evident the South Carolina utility needed a lifeline, after SCANA subsidiary South Carolina Electric and Gas Co. (SCE&G) and state-owned Santee Cooper pulled the plug on the V.C. Summer nuclear project (Figure 1). Now the question is whether those who lost out to […]

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Test Your Knowledge: Power History

The history of power generation is long and convoluted, marked by myriad technological milestones—conceptual and technical—from hundreds of contributors. Many accounts begin power’s story at the demonstration of electric conduction by Englishman Stephen Gray, which led to the 1740 invention of glass friction generators in Leyden, Germany. This quiz is designed to test your knowledge […]