Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Indian Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said they are committed to the nuclear energy partnership between the two nations and support Westinghouse to build six reactors in India as agreed in 2016. "They are lean and mean and ready to get to the work," Perry said of Westinghouse.
Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have created an alloy for the cladding of fuel rods in nuclear power plants that is safer than zirconium because it produces less hydrogen. The alloy is made from iron, chromium and aluminum and is being tested at Southern Nuclear's Hatch nuclear power plant in Georgia.
Exelon said its Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania is nearing the point when plans to shut down the plant cannot be changed. The company isn't making any more capital investments in the plant and chose not to order a new fuel load, said Kathleen Barron, Exelon's senior vice president for federal regulatory affairs and wholesale market policy.
Public Service Enterprise Group's Hope Creek nuclear power plant in New Jersey ran continuously for a plant-record 517 days before shutting down for scheduled maintenance and refueling. The plant had been online without interruptions since its last refueling outage, a first for Hope Creek.
The production tax credit in the federal budget and zero-emissions credits at the state level may help keep existing plants open and see Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle expansion through to completion, but they aren't enough to help the US meet emissions and security goals, experts say. "We need a national policy effort, with the political resilience to endure our election cycles, that reauthorizes fuel reprocessing, and that incentivizes the development and deployment of" new technologies, said David Gattie, associate professor at the University of Georgia.
The Czech government is deciding how to finance a new nuclear reactor to replace generation from older reactors in its fleet and expects to announce its plan in the next three months. Officials also want the European Commission to relax rules on public bidding to simplify the process but may commission Russia to build the reactor if that doesn't happen.
Unit 1 at Argentina's Atucha nuclear power plant has received an extension to its operating license from the country's nuclear regulator to keep the reactor open until 2024. Operators will begin a modernization project that will allow the reactor to continue generating power beyond this license extension.
Correcting a team member in front of others, neglecting to offer career development and forever finding fault with staff are some of the ways leadership shuts down motivation, writes Joel Garfinkle. Give your team the chance to make important decisions and develop individual work styles, he writes.
Executives may think their culture fosters innovation, but many employees disagree, according a EY survey. "This should be a concern for managers, as 69% of employees said that being empowered to innovate was hugely important for them," writes Adi Gaskell.
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