By - Jim Vess

Wind and solar deployment continue apace in 2020, could supply 90 percent of the grid by 2035

Energize Weekly, June 17, 2020 Renewable power’s continuing decline in prices is spurring near-term expansion, even in the face of the novel coronavirus pandemic and, according to a new report, could power 90 percent of the U.S. electric grid by 2035 while reducing wholesale electricity prices. The analysis by the University of California, Berkeley and GridLab, a non-profit promoting clean

By - Jim Vess

NRC to grant waivers for work-hour limits at nuclear units to meet pandemic staffing needs

Energize Weekly, April 8, 2020 Faced with the risk of not being able to meet the rigorous staffing requirement for operating nuclear power plants during the ongoing pandemic, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said it is prepared to grant exemptions from work-hour controls. The NRC in a March 28 letter to the industry trade group, the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI),

By - Jim Vess

Renewables poised to overtake coal and nuclear power in 2021, natural gas in 2045

Energize Weekly, February 12, 2020 Renewables are set to overtake both coal-fired and nuclear generation by 2021 and natural gas-fired generation by 2045, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Wind and solar are leading the surge in renewable generation, which EIA says will account for 21 percent of the total electricity in 2021, while nuclear makes up 19

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NRC approves permit for New Jersey nuclear plant

Energize Weekly, May 4, 2016 Regulators have approved a key permit needed to construct a new nuclear reactor in New Jersey, officials said last week. The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Atomic Safety and Licensing Board issued a 20-year Early Site Permit (ESP) to PSEG Nuclear so it can build a new reactor at its generating site on Artificial Island,

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FERC rejects AEP, FirstEnergy plan to subsidize Ohio power plants

Energize Weekly, May 4, 2016 Federal regulators have rejected power purchase agreements that would force Ohio customers to pay extra charges on their utility bills to guarantee profits at failing AEP and FirstEnergy power plants. Last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rescinded waivers it had granted to the two companies that would allow them to purchase power from

By - Jim Vess

Florida nuclear expansion delayed by court

Energize Weekly, April 27, 2016 A Florida appeals court has issued a ruling that will delay a planned expansion at Florida Power & Light’s (FPL) Turkey Point nuclear power plant.  The decision comes a few months after a separate court found that the plant’s cooling canal system was threatening local drinking water. Early last week, a three judge panel on

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Report: States unlikely to meet CPP requirements without nuclear

Energize Weekly, April 20, 2016 A new report estimates that 63 percent of the country’s carbon-free energy comes from nuclear, and that states would be hard pressed to meet new greenhouse gas limits without adding nuclear generation to the mix. According to the data released by the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition, the new carbon emission limits set by the

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Georgia Power considers additional nuclear generation

Energize Weekly, April 13, 2016 Even as it seeks to justify cost overruns at its Plant Vogtle nuclear construction project, Georgia Power is considering building another nuclear reactor. The company said in its most recent integrated resource plan (IRP), filed last week with the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) that it would seek to keep nuclear power as an option

By - Jim Vess

Bernie Sanders calls Indian Point “catastrophe waiting to happen”

Energize Weekly, April 6, 2016 Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders called on New York officials to close down the Indian Point Energy Center this week over safety and environmental concerns, calling the 40-year-old nuclear power plant a “catastrophe waiting to happen.” “In my view, we cannot sit idly by and hope that the unthinkable will never happen,” the Vermont Senator

By - Jim Vess

Can a Wall of Ice Save Fukushima?

By Jim Vess No, I’m not talking about the giant ice wall to keep out marauding bands of wildlings in Game of Thrones or the plot of Frozen. Instead, I’m referring to Tokyo Electric Power Company’s (TEPCO) plan to use an underground wall of ice built around the damaged Fukushima-Daiichi reactors to help contain leakage of contaminated water into the

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