The Energy Information Administration said the domestic nuclear industry generated more power than ever last year, producing 807.1 terawatt-hours of electricity. Older nuclear plants boosting output, known as uprating, was a major contributor to the record-setting year, said the EIA.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry might commit to a timeline for removing plutonium that was shipped to Nevada late last year, said Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev. In exchange, she would no longer block the recent nominees to Energy Department positions.
The Tennessee Valley Authority's long-term power plan doesn't include any new nuclear plant construction projects for two decades other than a potential small modular reactor test plant.
A resolution was passed by the Aiken County Council in South Carolina supporting plutonium pit production at the Savannah River Site. The work "is critical for our national security and important for both the future of SRS and for sustaining the economy in Aiken County," the resolution said.
A Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel meeting this week revealed that Holtec International plans to use the Pilgrim nuclear plant decommissioning trust fund to pay $13.5 million in hosting fees for the plant to the town of Plymouth, Mass. Holtec previously requested an exemption to use the trust fund for certain construction costs that would be involved if it's allowed to purchase and decommission the plant.
FirstEnergy Solutions said the cost to decommission Units 1 and 2 of the Beaver Valley nuclear plant would be $747 million. Company representatives have said keeping the plant open would require state or federal government assistance.
Experiments done at the DIII-D tokamak reactor in San Diego have found a new configuration that keeps the L-mode while creating high-enough pressure, which is promising for a fusion reaction. The next step is to increase power, but a larger tokamak reactor will be needed.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster would have unilateral power to sell state-owned utility Santee Cooper if a new bill becomes law. Currently, only the South Carolina Legislature can approve a sale, but "this nonpolitical process is the right way to get it done," said bill sponsor and state Senate President Harvey Peeler, a Republican.
Multiple sources say the federal government is in the process of finalizing $3.7 billion in loan guarantees for Plant Vogtle, which would bring the total guarantee amount to $12 billion. The announcement reportedly could be made during Energy Secretary Rick Perry's visit to the plant Friday.
US District Judge William Martinez of Colorado has removed a 2011 injunction that prevented the Energy Department from leasing public land for uranium mining around the state's Paradox Valley. Federal environmental laws were met, Martinez said, bringing an end to a decade-long lawsuit.
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