Columbia Nuclear Plant Sets Another Generation Record, Credits Good Performance

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2019 00:17:59 +0000

Operators of the Columbia Generating Station have set a new generation record at the nuclear plant 12 miles north of Richland, Wash., sending more than 9.7 million MWh to the Pacific Northwest power grid during 2018.  The single 1,207-MW single GE-built Mark-2 boiling water reactor that is owned and operated by Energy Northwest—which comprises 26 […]

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Governor to TVA: Keep Paradise Coal Unit Open

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Wed, 09 Jan 2019 19:50:07 +0000

In a letter addressed to Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) CEO Bill Johnson, Kentucky Gov. Matthew G. Bevin said it “would be a huge mistake” to permanently shut down Paradise Unit 3—the last operating coal unit at the Paradise site in Muhlenburg County, Kentucky. According to the governor, “the impact on our economy and our region’s […]

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Clean Air Act Issues Congress Could Grapple With in New Session

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Wed, 09 Jan 2019 15:48:02 +0000

While the Republican-led U.S. House and Senate in the 115th Congress was mainly focused on reviewing, for modification or repeal, several environmental rules issued under the Clean Air Act (CAA), the new Democrat majority in the House could focus on a slew of different measures, a new report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) suggests.  […]

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Report: CO2 Emissions from Power Sector Rising

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Tue, 08 Jan 2019 20:05:21 +0000

A new study from an economic research group shows that U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) rose about 3.4% last year, including a 1.9% rise in emissions from power generation. The New York-based Rhodium Group, which released its findings on Jan. 8, said its study used data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) and […]

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Former FERC Commissioner McIntyre Dead at 58

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2019 17:55:34 +0000

Kevin McIntyre, who briefly served as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), died Jan. 2 at age 58. He had been diagnosed with brain cancer in 2017 and had surgery to remove a tumor. President Trump nominated McIntyre, a Republican, in August 2017 to serve as FERC chairman. He was confirmed by the […]

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Former FERC Commissioner McIntyre Dead at 57

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2019 17:55:34 +0000

Kevin McIntyre, who briefly served as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), died Jan. 2 at age 57. He had been diagnosed with brain cancer in 2017 and had surgery to remove a tumor. President Trump nominated McIntyre, a Republican, in August 2017 to serve as FERC chairman. He was confirmed by the […]

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Growth in Renewables Continues Despite Drop in UK Power Generation

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2019 15:27:48 +0000

Renewable energy sources increased their share of the UK’s electricity supply in 2018, with new wind farms and biomass plants helping renewables contribute a record 33% of the country’s power in the past year. Coal-fired units, meanwhile, saw a 25% drop in their output, with coal providing about 5% of the country’s total generation. The […]

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DOE Designates Part of UAMPS SMR Plant for Research, Self-Power

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2019 14:24:34 +0000

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) wants to use two of 12 modules at the NuScale small modular reactor (SMR) plant that Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems intends to build at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL).  One module will be used strictly for research, development, and demonstration activities under the newly launched Joint Use Modular […]

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How Efficiently Have U.S. Nuclear Reactors Operated Over the Past Five Years? [INFOGRAPHICS]

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2019 13:00:33 +0000

According to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the nation’s 99 operating nuclear reactors operated at an average capacity factor of 88% in 2017—the same as in 2016—despite market forces that have rendered several units uneconomical. Figures for 2018 are expected in 2019 and may look different. Oyster Creek Nuclear Station, for example, was permanently closed […]

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