POWERnews [Nov. 3, 2016]

France’s Nuclear Storm: Many Power Plants Down Due to Quality Concerns

[Note: This article first appeared online on November 1.] The discovery of widespread carbon segregation problems in critical nuclear plant components has crippled the French power industry—20 of the country’s 58…

New England’s Drive to Boost Gas Supplies Hits Roadblock

For several years, states in the northeastern U.S. have been in the midst of a major shift away from coal and nuclear power toward natural gas. As aging coal plants…

GE-Hitachi and Southern Nuclear to Pair on Fast Reactor Design Advancement 

GE-HItachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) and Southern Nuclear Energy will collaborate to study the development and licensing of GEH's PRISM sodium-cooled fast reactor design. Southern Nuclear Development, a subsidiary of Southern…

Elon Musk: “The Future Is Bright for Utilities”

Although many observers consider Elon Musk—the visionary entrepreneur who leads Tesla Motors and SpaceX—to be a disruptive force threatening the conventional power industry, he believes power companies have a bright…

DOE Seeks More Information on Private Interim Nuclear Waste Storage Facilities

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a request for information to assess the future role of private consolidated interim storage facilities in the agency's plans for an integrated…

China Stops Construction on 17 GW of Coal Capacity

In yet another sign of China’s overcapacity problem, especially in its coal sector, the central government has reportedly ordered a halt to construction on at least 30 coal-fired plants totaling…