Decision-making is often hampered by a complicated organizational structure where no one feels they can make the call, among other factors, say Aaron De Smet and Leigh Weiss of McKinsey. They identify and discuss the four types of decisions and what organizational actions need to happen with each.
South Carolina Electric & Gas is trying to get its money back from Westinghouse for a part for its V.C. Summer nuclear power plant expansion that was diverted to China. SCE&G said the recovered money for the coolant pump would go toward offsetting project-related costs to customers.
While Dominion Energy lobbies the South Carolina Legislature to allow its purchase of SCANA, sources expect NextEra to try to buy Santee Cooper, the state's power company. NextEra won't comment on its plans.
New Jersey needs to keep its nuclear power plants from closing because they generate power for homes and boost the economy, writes New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney, who introduced legislation to reward nuclear energy for its clean power generation and reliability. Once a plant closes, it cannot reopen, and it costs less to maintain a plant than to close it, he writes.
Tokyo Electric Power surveyed the inside of the primary containment vessel of its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant Unit 2 in Japan using a pan-tilt camera and telescopic guiding pipe. The internal investigation revealed deposits and fuel assembly components in the pedestal area.
Sri Lankan and Russian officials held talks in Sri Lanka about cooperation on nuclear energy. Discussions are ongoing, Rosatom said.
NASA has successfully conducted initial testing of a compact nuclear power system designed to be used for long-term missions on the surface of Mars, the space agency said Thursday. The system, which uses a reactor core about the size of a paper towel roll, will undergo full-power testing in March.
With the government's commitment to promote nuclear energy, it's important for young people to get involved in learning about the nuclear power industry and moving it forward, said Suzanne Jaworowski, a senior advisor in the Energy Department's Office of Nuclear Energy. She said she hopes that with more education the public will understand the value of clean, reliable nuclear power.
Entergy and NextEra Energy have chosen not to renew their memberships with the Nuclear Energy Institute, the association said. "We are disappointed by the decision but remain committed to our role as the voice for the nuclear industry," NEI spokesman John Keeley said.
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