Biden administration offers conditional $1.52B to Holtec Palisades to recommission Michigan nuclear power plant

Biden administration offers conditional $1.52B to Holtec Palisades to recommission Michigan nuclear power plant March 29, 2024 As a loan guarantee for Holtec Palisades, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that its Loan Programs Office (LPO) agreed to a conditional commitment of up to $1.52 billion to Holtec Palisades…

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After being rebuffed by regulators, utilities file slimmed-down spending plans

After being rebuffed by regulators, utilities file slimmed-down spending plans March 18, 2024 State regulators are once again considering massive electric utility spending plans that would affect the state’s climate goals – and 5.4 million electric customers’ monthly bills – after rejecting previous versions late last year. The Illinois Commerce…

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Xcel says big reason it needs to spend millions on new projects is regional grid’s reliability risks

Xcel says big reason it needs to spend millions on new projects is regional grid’s reliability risks MARCH 4, 2024 The growing risk of unreliability and potential expense of buying energy on the open market is a big reason why Xcel Energy wants to make significant investments in its infrastructure.…

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Global investment in clean tech and energy transition reached a record $1.8 trillion in 2023

Global investment in clean tech and energy transition reached a record $1.8 trillion in 2023

Global investment in clean tech and energy transition reached a record $1.8 trillion in 2023 Energize Weekly, February 7, 2024 Global investments in the energy transition from fossil fuels to clean tech climbed 17 percent in 2023 to a record $1.8 trillion, according to a study by the energy research…

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Energy Professionals welcome Pickering Nuclear life extension announcement

Energy Professionals welcome Pickering Nuclear life extension announcement Jan 30, 2024 The Society of United Professionals welcomes the government’s announcement to pursue the refurbishment of the Pickering B Nuclear Generating Station (PNGS). PNGS, and the thousands of high-quality union jobs that the plant supports, are a vital piece of the…

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Solar generation continues expand rapidly on the U.S. grid while coal continues its decline

Solar generation continues expand rapidly on the U.S. grid while coal continues its decline

Solar generation continues expand rapidly on the U.S. grid while coal continues its decline Energize Weekly, January 17, 2024 Solar and coal-fired electricity generation are continuing to head in opposite directions over the next two years with solar being the leading source of new generation and coal activity falling to…

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Only a nuclear reactor can make Pueblo “whole” after Xcel Energy closes last coal-fired plant, local group says

Only a nuclear reactor can make Pueblo “whole” after Xcel Energy closes last coal-fired plant, local group says Jan 8, 2024 The only way Pueblo can be “made whole” after the closure of Xcel Energy’s massive, coal-fired Comanche Station is for the utility to replace it with an advanced nuclear…

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Japan’s nuclear power plants largely undamaged following quake

Japan’s nuclear power plants largely undamaged following quake Jan 2, 2024 Japan’s nuclear power plants along the Sea of Japan coast escaped serious damage in the New Year’s Day earthquake that struck the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture. But the 7.6 magnitude quake, which triggered tsunami warnings from Hokkaido to…

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California regulators vote to extend Diablo Canyon nuclear plant operations through 2030

California regulators vote to extend Diablo Canyon nuclear plant operations through 2030 DECEMBER 14, 2023 California energy regulators voted Thursday to allow the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant to operate for an additional five years, despite calls from environmental groups to shut it down. The California Public Utilities Commission agreed to…

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Pritzker signs Illinois measure allowing new small-scale nuclear technology

Pritzker signs Illinois measure allowing new small-scale nuclear technology December 10, 2023 Gov. JB Pritzker on Friday signed into law a measure that will allow for the limited development of new nuclear power generation technology in the state. The measure, House Bill 2473, does not allow new large-scale power generation…

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As Arkansas bows out of Entergy fight over Grand Gulf, Louisiana regulators dig in

As Arkansas bows out of Entergy fight over Grand Gulf, Louisiana regulators dig in Nov 26, 2023 Utility regulators in Mississippi and Arkansas have both settled a contentious fight over Entergy’s alleged mismanagement of its massive Grand Gulf nuclear plant, after Arkansas abruptly accepted an offer it had rejected a…

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Duke Energy says cancellation of first commercial small nuclear project won’t affect its NC plans

Duke Energy says cancellation of first commercial small nuclear project won’t affect its NC plans November 13, 2023 The recent cancellation of a next-generation nuclear reactor project in Idaho has prompted concern about the technology’s future. But Duke Energy says the setback won’t affect its plans in North Carolina. Oregon-based…

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Georgia Power says economic growth reason for updated plan to generate more electricity

Georgia Power says economic growth reason for updated plan to generate more electricity Nov. 13, 2023 Georgia Power recently filed an updated Integrated Resource Plan with the Georgia Public Service Commission, citing the need to support recent economic growth. But an environmental group opposed a portion of the proposed update…

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Last nuclear power plant in California may run for another 20 years. Here’s what changed

Last nuclear power plant in California may run for another 20 years. Here’s what changed NOVEMBER 07, 2023 PG&E has filed its relicensing application to keep California’s last nuclear power plant running 20 years beyond its scheduled closure date. The application was submitted to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on…

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Fukushima water released without technical concerns, IAEA says

Fukushima water released without technical concerns, IAEA says Oct 28, 2023 Japan’s release of treated radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant into the sea is “progressing as planned and without any technical concerns,” the U.N. nuclear watchdog has said. The International Atomic Energy Agency wrapped up…

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NRC approves transfer of three Energy Harbor nuclear plants to Vistra

NRC approves transfer of three Energy Harbor nuclear plants to Vistra 10.3.2023 The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved the transfer of the operating licenses of Energy Harbor’s three nuclear plants to Vistra. In March 2023, Vistra reached an agreement to acquire Energy Harbor in a $3.4 billion deal, including debt.…

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Constellation’s Carbon-Free Nuclear Fleet Ran at Near 100% Capacity During Hottest Summer on Record

Constellation’s Carbon-Free Nuclear Fleet Ran at Near 100% Capacity During Hottest Summer on Record Sept. 21, 2023 While wildfires, hurricanes and extreme heat battered Americans from coast to coast during the hottest summer in Earth’s recorded history, Constellation’s carbon-free nuclear units ran nearly 100% of the time, powering more than…

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TVA Plans to Invest $15 Billion Over the Next Three Years to Meet Region’s Growth

TVA Plans to Invest $15 Billion Over the Next Three Years to Meet Region’s Growth Aug. 28, 2023 During the decade before COVID, TVA’s seven-state region saw almost no electric load growth. Post-COVID, the region has experienced tremendous economic growth, fueled by several factors. The Tennessee Valley Authority Board of…

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Quebec government says it is open to studying whether to restart nuclear reactor

Quebec government says it is open to studying whether to restart nuclear reactor Aug 14, 2023 Quebec Energy Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon said Monday he agrees with Hydro-Québec’s decision to study a possible reopening of the province’s only nuclear power plant. Fitzgibbon was reacting to last week’s news that the power…

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Michigan PSC approves DTE Energy’s Integrated Resource Plan, setting path to net zero emissions by 2050

Michigan PSC approves DTE Energy’s Integrated Resource Plan, setting path to net zero emissions by 2050 July 28, 2023 DTE Energy received approval for its CleanVision Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) this week from the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC), greenlighting a clean energy plan that will speed the end of…

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State regulators to hear Plant Vogtle progress report after nuclear expansion stalled again

State regulators to hear Plant Vogtle progress report after nuclear expansion stalled again July 24, 2023 Georgia Power announced on Friday that the Waynesboro’s nuclear energy facility operators, Southern Nuclear, has turned over to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission the 364 inspections, tests and analyses required for regulatory approval to assure…

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Ontario Building More Small Modular Reactors to Power Province’s Growth

Ontario Building More Small Modular Reactors to Power Province’s Growth July 07, 2023 The Ontario government is working with Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to commence planning and licensing for three additional small modular reactors (SMRs), for a total of four SMRs at the Darlington nuclear site. Once deployed, these four…

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