POWERnews [Nov. 21, 2013]

Federal Court Suspends Nuclear Waste Fee Payments

So long as the federal government has no viable alternative to Yucca Mountain as a repository for nuclear waste, nuclear power ratepayers should not be charged an annual fee to…

NRC Directs Staff to Proceed with Yucca Mountain License Review

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on Monday directed agency staff to complete the long-delayed safety evaluation report (SER) for the Department of Energy's (DOE's) license application to build the Yucca…

Public Utilities Commission Scrutinizes Xcel Cost Overruns

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) will hire a nuclear engineering consultant to investigate cost overruns associated with Xcel Energy’s Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant Life Cycle Management/Extended Power Uprate Project.…

20,000 Nuclear Weapons Later, Megatons to Megawatts Program Complete

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced last week that the final shipment of low enriched uranium (LEU) derived from Russian nuclear weapons had departed from the port of St. Petersburg,…

Basemat Milestone for Plant Vogtle Unit 4

Georgia Power has completed placement of the basemat structural concrete for the nuclear island at the Vogtle Unit 4 site, where it is the second of two units currently under…

TEPCO Begins Removing Fuel from Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) today began the delicate process of removing spent fuel from Unit 4 of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The six-unit site has two reactor…

TVA to Retire More Coal Units, Banks on Nuclear Future

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) will retire more than 3 GW at eight coal units in Alabama and Kentucky to address "challenging trends" that point to lower power demand, a slow…

NERC: Integrating Variable Energy Will Require Shift on System Planning, Operations

Integrating large quantities of variable energy resources into the North American bulk power system will require fundamental electricity system planning and operational changes to ensure continued reliability, the North American…