Archive: Nuclear

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New Jersey Nuclear Subsidy Bill Barrels Out of Committee, Heads for Legislature Vote

A bill backed by outgoing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) to subsidize the state’s nuclear power plants unanimously passed a joint committee on December 20 and now heads to the full legislature for a vote. S.3560, introduced on December 14, directs the Board of Public Utilities to issue Nuclear Diversity Certificates (NDCs) to nuclear power […]

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NERC Report: Natural Gas, Renewable Generation Will Offset Coal, Nuclear Closures

A report released December 14 by the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) says power generation from natural gas-fired units and renewable sources such as solar and wind will provide enough electricity to offset the closures of U.S. coal-fired and nuclear power plants in the next decade. The agency’s 10-year outlook, part of its 2017 […]

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Case Study: Exelon Ensures Nuclear Power Plant Safety Using Online Monitoring

Exelon has optimized the efficiency of its operations, maintenance, and engineering staff. By automating data collection, plant engineers now focus on analyzing data rather than manually collecting data and risking radiation exposure. Download this case study to get more details then go here to learn more about Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) for Power Generation.

A major demonstration. The team of SwRI, GTI, and GE Global Research will design, build, and operate a 10-MWe pilot plant for demonstrating supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) power cycles. The plant, shown here in an engineering concept drawing, will be located at SwRI’s headquarters in San Antonio. Courtesy: Southwest Research Institute

Game-Changing Supercritical CO2 Cycles Are Closer to Commercialization

Supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) cycles—which are inching closer to commercial applications for waste heat recovery, concentrating solar power, nuclear, and fossil energy—offer higher thermal efficiencies and power density than conventional steam Rankine and Air Brayton cycles in use today for power generation. But to realize these potentially game-changing cycles, common challenges associated with turbomachinery must […]

Plant Vogtle Unit 3 reactor vessel is prepared for placement. Courtesy: Georgia Power

Georgia PSC Will Decide Vogtle’s Fate on December 21

The Georgia Public Service Commission on December 11 said it will decide December 21 whether to allow construction of two new nuclear reactors at the Plant Vogtle site to move forward, or call for the project to be canceled. Commissioners voted Monday to move up the timetable for a decision on the troubled nuclear project […]

Two new AP1000 units are being added to Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle nuclear station located near Waynesboro, Ga. This image provides an overview of the site in August 2016, a month in which the CA20 module was placed into the Unit 4 nuclear island. More than 6,000 construction workers were said to be onsite at the time. Courtesy: Georgia Power

Vogtle Hearings Underway; Tax Law Change Could Speed Resolution

Hearings on the future of the Vogtle nuclear expansion project are underway in Atlanta, Georgia, and events of the past few days could impact how quickly the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) and Georgia Power reach a decision on whether construction of two new nuclear reactors continues or is halted. This week’s hearings, which are […]

Kevin McIntyre, an attorney at Jones Day, the largest law firm in the U.S., takes over as chairman at FERC. Source:  POWER via Senate Confirmation Hearings

McIntyre Takes Reins as New Head of FERC

Kevin McIntyre was sworn in as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on December 7, just more than a month after his nomination to the post was approved by the Senate. He takes over from interim chair Neil Chatterjee, who will remain at FERC as a commissioner. The agency that regulates transmission and wholesale […]

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GE Cutting 12,000 Jobs in Power Division

General Electric (GE) said December 7 it will cut 12,000 jobs in its power unit as the company continues to struggle with changes in the global power market. The company in a statement said the staff reductions will save $1 billion in 2018. “Traditional power markets including gas and coal have softened,” the company said, […]

Late-day sky, Conyngham and Salem Townships, Luzerne County, as seen from the Council Cup Scenic Overlook. Courtesy: Nicholas A. Tonelli/Flickr

New Jersey Considers Nuclear Subsidies for PSEG Plants

New Jersey lawmakers are exploring whether to legislatively prop up future operation of two nuclear power plants in the state, holding a hearing on December 4 in which key stakeholders sounded off on how nuclear subsidies could affect the environment, the economy, and the power market. The hearing, jointly held by the state Senate Environment […]

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Toshiba Will Make Remaining Vogtle Payments by mid-December

Toshiba Corp. has agreed to accelerate its payments to Georgia Power to help the utility finance completion of the troubled Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion. The deal announced December 5 comes four days after a recommendation from state regulators that the project be abandoned if Georgia Power cannot make it financially viable, and also to lessen […]

Two new AP1000 units are being added to Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle nuclear station located near Waynesboro, Ga. This image provides an overview of the site in August 2016, a month in which the CA20 module was placed into the Unit 4 nuclear island. More than 6,000 construction workers were said to be onsite at the time. Courtesy: Georgia Power

Georgia Regulators: Change Vogtle Economics or Cancel Project

A new analysis by staff at Georgia’s Public Service Commission (PSC) says continuing construction of two AP1000 reactors at the Plant Vogtle nuclear facility near Waynesboro, Georgia, is not economic, and the group says that unless Georgia Power agrees to modify its conditions for completing the project to ensure it will be financially viable, the […]