It's expected that President-elect Donald Trump will follow through on his plans to reform the licensing and permitting processes used in the nuclear energy industry, writes James Stafford. "What this means is that we could be sitting right on the edge of a revolution in next generation nuclear technology," Stafford writes.
The bill passed by the Illinois Legislature last week to keep Exelon's Quad Cities and Clinton nuclear plants operating had the support of environmental groups including the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Environmental Defense Council and the Illinois chapter of the Sierra Club. "With everybody watching, it was hard for NRDC, the Sierra Club and EDF to allow emissions to go up," said Environmental Progress founder Michael Shellenberger.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner will sign the energy bill that will keep Exelon's Clinton and Quad Cities nuclear plants open at a high school in Clinton this afternoon. The Clinton plant pays $8.3 million in annual taxes to the city's school district.
President-elect Donald Trump's transition team will include individuals who have called for a federal review of the Yucca Mountain used nuclear fuel repository in Nevada. Some have criticized the Obama administration's efforts to end the project.
A German court has ruled that energy suppliers can seek compensation for the country's decision to phase out nuclear power within the next six years. The court ruled the government's decision to exit from nuclear power was legal but found affected energy suppliers also have the right to pursue compensation.
An official in the Australian state of Victoria would like to see a nuclear plant constructed in the city of Portland. A nuclear plant would provide a stable power supply for a nearby Alcoa plant, which was recently affected by a power failure, said James Purcell, a member of the Victoria Parliament.
A George Washington University study has shown the loss of existing nuclear plants leads to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions, writes Carol Browner. "[N[uclear power and renewable energy like wind and solar must be part of a comprehensive clean energy plan that cuts carbon pollution, addresses climate change and protects public health while delivering the power we need to run our homes, our businesses and our economy," Browner writes.
The three nuclear plants in Michigan are set to run through at least 2021, securing clean energy for the state into the next decade. In 2022, Entergy's Palisades plant's power purchase agreement with Consumers Energy will expire, although the plant's operating license doesn't expire until 2031.
President-elect Donald Trump will inherit an energy system that has had a lot of progress in emissions reductions, according to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy. "Right now if you just look at it as a whole, looking at the emissions in 2015, you will see that the emissions across the country are already below the levels we anticipated in our first compliance period in 2022, seven years ahead," McCarthy said.
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