The 105-megawatt, meltdown-proof Generation IV nuclear reactors built by China Nuclear Engineering & Construction Corp. could be completed by November 2017, according to Institute of Nuclear and New Energy Technology Director Zhang Zuoyi. The plant is nearly finished, leaving the installation of reactor components and completion of tests left to do, Zhang said.
Pacific Gas and Electric's Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in California is receiving a lot of support from those who want to see reliable, clean energy production in the state, writes Rod Adams. "Fortunately for people who care about rational thinking and clean air, the pressure to protect Diablo Canyon and enable it to continue providing safe, clean, affordable, and reliable power is also growing," Adams writes. The plant will benefit if its supporters continue "to clearly explain their reasons," he writes.
DTE Energy Chairman and CEO Gerard Anderson said the Supreme Court's stay of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan won't really change the utility's plans regarding its coal-fired power plants. Many utilities are dealing "with the replacement of very old, smaller and marginally economical [coal] plants," Anderson said. Ameren Vice President of Environmental Services and Generation Resource Planning Ajay Arora said his company was "already making the transition to a cleaner and more diverse generation portfolio in a responsible manner."
A power generating capacity shortage of 325 megawatts will be created by the closure of Entergy's FitzPatrick nuclear plant and seven other major plants in the near future, say New York power grid operators. FitzPatrick currently generates approximately 850 megawatts of power. However, the New York Independent System Operator report doesn't change Entergy's plans to close FitzPatrick next year, Entergy said.
Russia enjoys economic benefits from Rosatom's involvement in nuclear power plant construction domestically and around the globe, according to Kirill Komarov, deputy director general for the state-owned utility. "Our calculations speak for themselves: the construction of nuclear power plants in Russia with the national localization of production rate of 95-98% creates an additional seven to ten jobs in other industries," said Komarov, adding that Russian firms provide "60-70% of the work" in nuclear power construction projects for other nations.
Although South Africa plans to add 9,600 megawatts of nuclear energy capacity over the next 10 years, it "will only procure nuclear on a scale and pace that our country can afford," President Jacob Zuma said Thursday. The nation's cabinet approved a call for nuclear energy development proposals in December.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission discussed its fiscal 2017 budget request before lawmakers on Wednesday. NRC Chairman Stephen Burns testified about the budget request and other matters before the House Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies.
Many communities in Vermont would disagree with their senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' energy plan, which calls for the construction of thousands of wind turbines. "I know of no place in the state where we can place industrial wind turbines without creating an unacceptable level of damage to our environment and our people," said Vermont state Sen. John Rodgers, a Democrat. In 2015, the Northeastern Vermont Development Association voted unanimously to stand against the construction of wind turbines in its region.
The Pillsbury law firm in Washington, D.C., has been chosen to investigate anonymous allegations of performance and security concerns at Energy Northwest's Columbia Generating Station in Washington state. Anonymous letters were sent to the utility's governing board that accused company executives of hiding information regarding poor performance at the plant.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will have a radiation specialist look into a recent tritium leak in the groundwater below Entergy's Indian Point nuclear plant in New York. The specialist's tasks will include a review of the plant's investigation and the performance of visual inspections, according to Neil Sheehan of the NRC.
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