Exelon's Quad Cities nuclear plant in Illinois failed to clear the annual capacity rights auction held by PJM Interconnection. However, the utility "fully committed to keeping the Quad Cities plant open, provided that FEJA’s Zero Emissions Credit program is implemented as expected and provided that Quad Cities is selected to participate," said Exelon Executive Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy Joe Dominguez in a statement.
Small modular reactors could offer the UK financial and other advantages over traditional nuclear plants such as the planned Hinkley Point C plant, writes Marcus Gibson. "Pushing ahead on the demonstration and commercialization of SMRs would be a key way for the UK to once again become a world leader in the sector," said Jenifer Baxter, author of a report that backs the development of SMRs.
Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority has approved the safety of Kansai Electric Power's Ohi Units 3 and 4. The utility hopes to bring the reactors back into service as early as this fall.
Nuclear Energy Institute President and CEO Maria Korsnick recently appeared before the Ohio General Assembly's Public Utilities Commission to testify in favor of H.B. 178, which would provide incentives to nuclear plants for the clean energy they supply. "This legislature has an opportunity to preserve these valuable assets for the benefit of these towns and the entire state," said Korsnick.
Toshiba has "signaled pretty clearly to the market" that a majority stake in Westinghouse Electric will likely be up for sale, said Westinghouse Chief Operating Officer Mark Marano on the sidelines of the Nuclear Energy Assembly. He said Toshiba could sell the majority stake this fall.
Federal legislators are working to extend nuclear energy production credits while bringing back clean energy tax credits as part of a larger bill. "It's hard to say whether it'll actually manifest itself and get across the finish line, but we're very, very interested in it because we think it's appropriate and for the plants that are being built right now, it's due credit," said Nuclear Energy Institute President and CEO Maria Korsnick.
The Energy Department will end its support of deep borehole testing for used nuclear fuel storage, according to a spokeswoman for the department. Officials have not yet selected a site for the test to be completed, although potential locations in South Dakota, Texas and New Mexico are being considered.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry pledged to support the Energy Department while touring the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee this week. "Hopefully, we will be able to make that argument to our friends in Congress, that what [the Energy Department] is involved with, particularly on the economic development side, plays a vital role not only in the security of America, but in the economic well-being of this country as we go forward," Perry said.
The International Atomic Energy Agency praised the Czech Republic for improvements to its nuclear energy regulatory framework following an eight-day mission conducted by its Integrated Regulatory Review Service team. The team "noted improvements in human resources management, including long-term strategic planning, competence mapping and staff training," said Finnish nuclear regulator Stuk Director General Petteri Tiippana, who served as team leader for the mission.
Marie-France Lalonde, Canada's Ontario community safety and correctional services minister, has requested comments on proposed updates to the province's nuclear emergency response plan. The proposed changes take into account "lessons learned from past nuclear emergencies," such as the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi incident, according to Lalonde.