Xcel Sets Closure of Minnesota Coal Plants

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Wed, 22 May 2019 15:27:19 +0000

Xcel Energy on May 20 announced it would close its two remaining coal plants in Minnesota over the next decade, and the utility said it also wants to operate its Monticello nuclear plant in the state until at least 2040. Xcel, which is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and serves electricity and natural gas customers in […]

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Judge: TVA Deal for Bellefonte Nuclear Plant Stays in Place

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Fri, 17 May 2019 17:27:43 +0000

A federal judge this week ruled the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) must continue to honor an agreement to sell the unfinished Bellefonte Nuclear Power Plant to a real estate developer who has said he would complete construction of the long-idled project. U.S. District Court Judge Liles C. Burke, in a 17-page opinion issued after a […]

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Dispute Flares About Equipment at Abandoned V.C. Summer Nuclear Project

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 16 May 2019 13:24:22 +0000

The fight about who owns equipment at the now-abandoned V.C. Summer 2 and 3 AP1000 reactors in South Carolina intensified on May 14, as key stakeholder Santee Cooper sued lead contractor Westinghouse for certification documentation related to that equipment.  The lawsuit filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, Charleston Division, […]

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Utility Group Under Congressional Investigation Will Disband

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Mon, 13 May 2019 17:47:07 +0000

A utility industry coalition that has often challenged stricter air pollution and climate rules for power generation said it will dissolve. The Utility Air Regulatory Group (UARG), which has been under investigation from the House Energy and Commerce Committee due to its relationship with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) top air policy official and his […]

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EIA: Gas, Renewables Outpacing Coal for Power Generation

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Fri, 10 May 2019 16:54:21 +0000

The percentage of coal-fired generation in the U.S. electricity mix will continue to decline, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said May 9, with gas-fired generation accounting for at least 40% of the nation’s power this summer and output from renewables continuing to rise. EIA’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) said coal-fired units will produce only […]

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North Korea fires 2 suspected missiles in possible new warning

Credit to Author: kadraneda| Date: Thu, 09 May 2019 11:31:38 +0000

North Korea fires 2 suspected missiles in possible new warning

North Korea on Thursday fired two suspected short-range missiles from the country’s western area, South Korea’s military said.

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Last Reactor at Three Mile Island Will Shut by End of September

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Wed, 08 May 2019 22:14:58 +0000

The remaining nuclear reactor at the Three Mile Island Generating Station (TMI) in Pennsylvania will shut down by the end of September. Exelon made that official May 8, setting the closing date for Unit 1 at the financially struggling plant that it first announced it would shutter two years ago. Exelon in 2017 said the […]

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Iran threatens more uranium enrichment if no new nuke deal

Credit to Author: kadraneda| Date: Wed, 08 May 2019 14:10:59 +0000

Iran threatens more uranium enrichment if no new nuke deal

Iran has threatened to resume higher enrichment of uranium in 60 days if world powers fail to negotiate new terms for its 2015 nuclear deal

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NuScale Gains Potential Financial Backing for Worldwide SMR Deployment 

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Wed, 01 May 2019 22:35:20 +0000

NuScale Power, the front-runner in the race to commercialize small modular reactors (SMRs), has bagged another major backer that could broaden its nuclear supply chain base and expand its financial standing.  On April 29, NuScale signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction (DHIC), a South Korean–based engineering, procurement, and construction […]

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NRC Certifies South Korea’s APR1400 Nuclear Reactor Design for U.S. Use

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Wed, 01 May 2019 22:06:43 +0000

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has certified the Advanced Power Reactor 1400 (APR1400), a third-generation design developed by deployed by South Korean state-owned companies Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) and Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP). The U.S. nuclear regulatory body on May 1 said it will issue a direct final rule certifying the reactor […]

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