POWERnews [Apr. 2, 2015]

Zion Nuclear Plant Decommissioning Trust Fund Depleting Quickly

The balance in the Zion Nuclear Power Plant decommissioning trust fund was about 30% lower at the end of 2014 than it was the previous year according to a report…

White House Formally Submits Climate Pledge to Slash GHGs

The U.S. will seek to cut its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 26% to 28% from 2005 levels by 2025, the White House said on March 31 in a target…

FERC Okays NextEra-HEI, Duke-Dynegy Deals

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) gave its approval to two deals that will see shifts in electricity markets in Hawaii and the Midwest. On Mar. 27, FERC approved Duke…

First New Nuclear Unit in U.S. in Nearly 20 Years Is on Track to Begin Operating in 2015

Plant officials from the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA’s) Watts Bar nuclear facility said during a senior management meeting presentation that Unit 2—currently under construction—is expected to reach commercial operations on…

Seismic Hazard Resiliency at U.S. Nuclear Power Plants

Since the beginning of the U.S. commercial reactor industry, regulatory agencies have required that nuclear power plant designs take into account the potential threats posed by natural hazards such as…

A Smoke-Ring Blowing Power Plant. April Fools? You Tell Us.

Copenhagen could inaugurate, as early as 2017, a new combined heat and power plant that features a roof-wide artificial ski slope open to the public and blasts smoke rings through…