An environment of trust, appreciation and innovation helps people be happy and perform effectively and creatively, writes Larry Senn. Encourage others to be open to change, foster open communications and recognize successes.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved the Tennessee Valley Authority request to raise the generating capacity of its Browns Ferry nuclear power plant in Alabama by 14.3% or 465 megawatts. "The real advantage of the Browns Ferry investment is that we are maximizing the capability of an existing generation asset that already produces our lowest-cost, most reliable form of carbon-free baseload power," TVA spokesman Jim Hopson said.
Nuclear energy is recognized by leaders from both parties for its reliable power supply and creation of domestic jobs, and the federal and state governments should act to protect its value, writes former Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H. With China and Russia expanding their nuclear energy capabilities, nuclear should be a starting point for President Donald Trump's goal of "energy dominance," he writes.
Georgia is moving forward with the two new reactors at Southern Co.'s Plant Vogtle because the state recognizes the value of a diverse energy mix and being a leader in nuclear energy, writes Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols. "With vision, perseverance and God's help we will make the Vogtle reactors America's next nuclear-energy flagship," he writes.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspectors say work to move used nuclear fuel at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant to dry cask storage is progressing safely. Entergy expects to finish transferring the fuel by the third quarter of 2018.
Lawmakers and citizens of Pennsylvania are debating whether the state should give financial support to Exelon's Three Mile Island nuclear power plant for its zero-emissions energy generation or allow it to close in two years. The good news is that Americans are learning that "we're losing some of the lowest-cost, cleanest and most reliable resources in America," said Joseph Dominguez, Exelon's executive vice president for governmental and regulatory affairs and public policy.
France's nuclear safety regulator, Autorite de Surete Nucleaire, ordered EDF to review the manufacturing records of all the components used in its nuclear power plants that were produced by Areva NP's Le Creusot forge. After the regulator found an anomaly in a component, operation of the forge halted in December 2015, and an audit in 2016 found irregularities in paperwork for many components.
The third reactor at Teollisuuden Voima's Olkiluoto nuclear power plant in Finland will begin a comprehensive test phase in the coming months and is progressing toward a December 2018 production start date, project director Jouni Silvennoinen said. Decisions about rising costs put the project almost 10 years behind the original schedule.
The Ohio Legislature is expected to address a tax that would support nuclear energy in the state when the legislative session restarts next month. Under House and Senate bills, customers would guarantee costs for FirstEnergy's Perry and Davis-Besse nuclear plants.
As part of a bipartisan meeting to find ways to pass an overdue budget, Connecticut legislators are considering many revenue-raising options, including extracting money from Dominion Energy's Millstone nuclear power plant and pushing through legislation to help its profitability. Lawmakers estimated that working with Dominion could produce between $75 million and $125 million a year in state revenue for a period, but no details were discussed.
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