By - Michael Drost

TVA nearly finished with Watts Bar 2

Energize Weekly, August 19, 2015 The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) asked federal regulators last week to issue an operating license for its Watts Bar 2 nuclear reactor, saying the facility is “substantially complete.” Once operational, the unit will become the first new nuclear reactor to be turned on in the U.S. in almost 20 years. TVA officials also said early

By - Michael Drost

EPA removes support for existing nuclear generation in climate rule

Energize Weekly, August 12, 2015 Nuclear power plant operators who were hoping to be thrown a bone by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the form of its final Clean Power Plan (CPP) rule released last week were disappointed to find out that carbon-free generation from existing nuclear plants will not count towards a state’s clean energy goals, although

By - Michael Drost

Ameren scrap plans for second Callaway reactor

Energize Weekly, August 5, 2015 Noting declining costs for alternative generation and nonexistent load growth, Ameren officials confirmed this week that they have pulled the plug on plans to build a second reactor at its Callaway nuclear power plant in Missouri. Ameren CEO Warner Baxter cited in a conference call with analysts “our assessment of long term capacity needs, declining

By - Michael Drost

NRC restarts Diablo Canyon license renewal process

Energize Weekly, July 15, 2015 Federal regulators have restarted the license renewal process for the Diablo Canyon nuclear facility, California’s last remaining operational nuclear power plant. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced last week it will begin processing a request from Diablo Canyon owner Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) to renew its operating licenses, which are set to

By - Michael Drost

Nuclear industry contributes $60 billion to U.S. economy: report

Energize Weekly, July 8, 2015 Nuclear power plants contribute about $60 billion annually to America’s gross domestic product (GDP), in addition to other economic and societal benefits, according to a new report by economists at The Brattle Group. The report, commissioned by Nuclear Matters, comes as utilities and governments weigh whether to invest more in advanced nuclear tech given a

By - Michael Drost

Texas lawmaker crafting proposal to direct funds for off-site nuclear waste storage

Energize Weekly June 24, 2015 The chairman of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee is crafting a bill that would let the Department of Energy (DOE) direct funds into interim nuclear waste storage projects, a potential, short-term solution to the growing pile of nuclear waste being stored at U.S. nuclear power plants. The bill, a draft of which was obtained by

By - Michael Drost

Advanced nuclear reactors are key to fighting climate change: report

Energize Weekly, June 17, 2015 Around 40 companies, backed by $1.3 billion in private capital, are developing plans for new nuclear plants in the U.S. and Canada in order to reduce carbon emissions and make investments in electricity generation less costly, according to a new report by Washington D.C.-based think tank Third Way. The report, which specifies the number firms

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