Nuclear Energy News

  • NuScale submits first SMR application to U.S. regulators

    NuScale Power has submitted its small modular reactor (SMR) design to U.S. regulators, the first design certification application for any SMR in the country. The company submitted its 12,000 page application to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) last week. The NuScale SMR design consists of integrated pressurized water reactor modules capable of generating up to 50 megawatts (MW) of ...

  • Entergy to close Indian Point nuclear plant by 2021

    Citing safety and environmental concerns, Entergy Corp. has agreed to shut down its 40-year old Indian Point nuclear plant by 2021, according to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Gov. Cuomo announced the decision to shut down Indian Point, located 30 miles north of New York City during his State of the State speech Monday night, one of six speeches he plans to give throughout the state.  Cuomo has ...

  • City of Gallup selects CH2M for design-build operate services to improve city services

    The City of Gallup, New Mexico, council members approved an 8-year contract with CH2M to take over operations and maintenance of the city’s 5-million-gallon-per-day wastewater treatment plant. In addition to Operations Management Services, CH2M will design and construct an upgrade to the current facility. Upgrades will help the community with odor-control issues and boost efficiency of ...


    By CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd.

  • City of Gallup selects CH2M for design-build operate services to improve city services

    The City of Gallup, New Mexico, council members approved an 8-year contract with CH2M to take over operations and maintenance of the city's 5-million-gallon-per-day wastewater treatment plant. In addition to Operations Management Services, CH2M will design and construct an upgrade to the current facility. Upgrades will help the community with odor-control issues and boost efficiency of biosolids ...


    By CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd.

  • Nuclear Retirements Could Lead to Significant Increases in Short- and Long-Term Carbon Emissions, According to Brattle Economists

    A whitepaper by Brattle economists finds that the vulnerability of some U.S. nuclear power plants to premature retirement could create a major threat to the attainment of carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction. According to the Brattle analysis, the retirement of a 1,000 ...


    By The Brattle Group

  • FirstEnergy to sell Pennsylvania gas plants

    FirstEnergy Corp. has filed paperwork with federal regulators stating its intent to sell four natural gas-fired power plants in Pennsylvania, part of the company’s overall strategy to exit the competitive electricity business. In a Form 8-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, FirstEnergy subsidiary Allegheny Energy Supply Co. has entered into a non-binding letter of ...

  • Entergy to close Palisades nuclear plant in 2018

    Entergy Corp. announced plans last week to permanently close the issue-plagued Palisades nuclear power plant in Southwest Michigan in late 2018, part of the company’s strategy to reduce its reliance on nuclear amid low wholesale prices. Entergy and Michigan-based Consumers Energy say they’ve agreed to end a power purchase agreement for the plant.  The planned shutdown is expected ...

  • IEA urges the Czech Republic to set conditions to boost energy investments

    The International Energy Agency praised the Czech Republic for supporting the development of robust natural gas and electricity infrastructure in its latest review of Czech energy policies. The country has the highest level of electricity interconnection capacity within Central Europe and is equally well connected to neighbouring natural gas markets. Dr Fatih Birol, the IEA's executive director, ...


    By International Energy Agency

  • Illinois legislature saves Exelon nuclear plants

    Both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly passed a sweeping energy bill last week that includes financial support for two failing Exelon nuclear plants. In what is described as the largest energy bill the state has seen in over two decades, Illinois lawmakers agreed to require ratepayers statewide to provide $235 million in annual subsidies to keep Exelon’s nuclear facilities in Quad ...

  • EDF agrees to buy AREVA nuclear business for $2.7 billion

    French utility Electricite de France SA (EDF) has agreed to buy the nuclear reactor construction business of AREVA for $2.67 billion.  The deal is part of a rescue package the loss-plagued AREVA agreed to earlier this year. EDF will buy as much as 75 percent in AREVA NP, as the construction business is known.  The contract allows AREVA to raise EUR 5 billion  in order to refocus ...

  • Illinois lawmakers introduce massive Exelon energy bill

    Amid vocal opposition, Illinois lawmakers finally introduced a massive energy bill last week backed by Exelon Corp. which would dramatically remake the state’s electricity market. The legislation includes a New York-style provision to subsidize a pair of Exelon nuclear plants which would otherwise be shut down in the next two years.  The bill also implements a mandatory residential ...

  • Unfinished TVA nuclear plant sold at auction for $111 million

    An unfinished nuclear plant in Northeast Alabama has been sold to a D.C.-based developer for $111 million, a fraction of its original cost. Nuclear Development LLC, formed by Chattanooga business mogul Franklin L. Haney, has acquired Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) Bellefonte Nuclear Power plant, an abandoned twin-reactor complex currently occupying 1,600 acres along the Tennessee River. ...

  • Geovariances has been actively involved in EPRI geostatistics guide

    Earlier this year, the American EPRI has published a guide for using geostatistics in developing a site final status survey program for plant decommissioning. This report examines the use of geostatistical approaches that exploit spatial relationships to develop a three-dimensional contamination map based on measurement results from discrete points. The report presents a conceptual ...


    By Geovariances

  • Safety fears rock France’s nuclear power base

    Nearly a third of France’s nuclear reactors have been shut down by industry regulators as revelations emerge about the supply of sub-standard parts. As investigations into falsified documents and excess quantities of carbon in steel continue, more closures are expected. This is not yet a full-blown crisis for the nuclear industry, but it is putting serious strain on the finances ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Europe’s nuclear club slows emissions cuts

    The prospect of using nuclear energy appears to deter European countries from adopting renewable technologies such as wind and solar, and from introducing energy efficiency measures. Researchers say they found that countries in Europe intending to build new nuclear power stations have a poorer record of reducing their carbon emissions than those that have rejected the technology. Europe has a ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Sulzer to Supply Feedwater Pumps for Nuclear Reactor in China

    Sulzer has been awarded a contract for the delivery of main feedwater pumps and start-up feedwater pumps. The pumps will be installed in two nuclear reactors — Hualong No. 1 reactors — in China, owned by China Nuclear Power Engineering Company, Ltd. (CNPEC). Sulzer received this order in May 2016 and will complete the delivery of the equipment by the end of 2019. Sulzer will deliver ...


    By Sulzer

  • Nuclear records paper over flaws

    The nuclear industry is celebrating breaking records that have stood for a quarter of a century − but a new update on its successes still fails to disperse the clouds over its future. Ten new nuclear reactors came on line last year worldwide, and more new reactors are being built than at any time since 1990. According to the  ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Nuclear plants face crisis of ageing

    Life extensions to nuclear plants in Europe and North America are repeatedly being granted by safety regulators. But, according to nuclear plant owners, 25% of parts are now obsolete, so keeping the reactors going is becoming an increasing problem as components wear out. This is the background to the Nuclear Power Plant ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Japan pays high price for ‘silo’ science

    Lack of scientific co-operation with other countries has cost Japan “trillions of yen” in expensive solar power because the country did not learn from the experience of other countries before rushing to install it, analysts say. This is one example they give in a report in Nature ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Big push for small nuclear reactors

    Concerns are being raised about the billions of dollars being spent on research to design and build small nuclear reactors for electricity production The world’s big powers are in a race to build a new series of small reactors, which they believe will combine with renewables to create a low-carbon future for the planet. Small modular reactors (SMRs) have hardly been heard of by the public, ...


    By Climate News Network

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