States must continue to ensure that nuclear plants stay open and provide the clean energy needed to limit the effects of climate change, writes Carol Browner, former Environmental Protection Agency administrator. "As we work toward lowering pollution, let's make sure we do so in a smart, efficient way, starting with preserving the nuclear plants that already exist," Browner writes.
Southern Co. will need more time than originally anticipated to make a decision with other utilities on the future of the new nuclear reactors being constructed at Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle, according to Southern CEO Thomas Fanning. An evaluation of the options regarding the construction project should be completed by the end of the summer, Fanning said.
Westinghouse continues to be committed to the future of its nuclear reactor business and will create a "more achievable delivery model" to limit risk in the future, according to Jose Gutierrez, the company's interim president and CEO. The difficulty of the company's reactor projects in the US was related to "a lack of appropriate infrastructure, knowledge and experience," said Gutierrez at the Nuclear Energy Institute's Nuclear Energy Assembly.
Sources have stated that Bechtel and Fluor are preparing bids to take over the construction of a pair of nuclear reactors at Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle. Fluor currently is serving as a subcontractor for the project.
Arizona Public Service not only hosted the Nuclear Energy Institute's Nuclear Energy Assembly this year, but it also owns and operates Palo Verde nuclear plant, which contributes $1.8 billion in annual economic benefits to the state and provides 80% of Arizona's clean energy. The plant also partners with local schools to train students for careers in the nuclear energy industry.
Exelon is discussing possible legislative solutions with stakeholders that could secure the future of its Three Mile Island nuclear plant in Pennsylvania. The utility hopes that "anything and everything hopefully will be on the table for discussion," said David Fein, vice president for state government affairs.
Replacement steam generators have arrived in France for installation in Cruas Unit 1 later this year. The generators were made by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan.
Nuclear Energy Institute President and CEO Maria Korsnick pointed out that the public and legislators have largely taken nuclear energy for granted during a speech at NEI's Nuclear Energy Assembly. As a result, the industry must extol benefits of nuclear energy "more aggressively, more widely and more consistently than we ever have before," Korsnick said.
Nuclear and hydroelectric power are the two energy sources that the US should be depending on the most in order to limit the effects of climate change, writes Robert Tracinski. "These are proven technologies that don't face some of the issues with siting and energy storage that are inherent in wind and solar," Tracinski writes.
Exelon has placed a bid to sell power from its Three Mile Island nuclear plant in Pennsylvania and will wait for the outcome before making decisions on the plant's future, according to the utility. "As we have said previously, while TMI is committed to operate through mid-year 2019, if we do not see a long-term path to sustainable profitability for TMI, we will consider all options, including unit shutdown," said Exelon in a statement.
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