The Trump administration is looking to encourage nuclear and coal-fired power by taking a baseload-first approach, rather than emphasizing intermittent renewables, officials say. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Neil Chatterjee has said that baseload energy from nuclear and coal should be properly valued for the role those sources play in the US energy mix.
The US Attorney's Office in South Carolina has issued subpoenas to SCANA, which owns South Carolina Electric & Gas, and Santee Cooper, requesting documents related to the canceling of the V.C. Summer nuclear power plant expansion in South Carolina. Both companies have said they will cooperate.
The Elnu Abenaki tribe will meet with NorthStar next week and filed testimony with the Vermont Public Utility Commission last month saying it wants to be involved in setting standards for restoring the site of the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. The Missisquoi Abenaki tribe is also participating in Vermont's review of the proposed sale of the plant to NorthStar.
Idaho National Laboratory researchers are using a 3D-printing process called Additive Manufacturing as an Alternative Fabrication Technique to produce advanced nuclear fuels that could improve the safety and economics of generating nuclear power. The technique uses U3Si2 fuels, which are safer than the uranium dioxide used in the majority of nuclear plants.
While explaining Rosatom's long-term plans for its nuclear energy industry at the 61st Regular Session of the International Atomic Energy Agency General Conference, Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachev said the global nuclear energy industry has two strategic problems: energy inequality and the risk of the destruction of the environment. "One can respond to these two challenges only through the growth and simultaneous change in the world electricity mix structure," he said.
The International Atomic Energy Agency celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Joint Convention on Spent Fuel and Radioactive Waste Safety, which was adopted in 1997 and aims to improve safety in the management of used nuclear fuel and radioactive materials. There are 75 parties in the treaty, and Cuba will join next month.
Zero-emission credits in Illinois and New York are keeping nuclear power plants operating, and operators in other states are pushing for similar regulations to keep plants open as the Energy Department says the percentage of nuclear power in the energy mix could drop from 20% to 11% by 2050. Other operators say that market reform to compensate companies for reliability is the solution.
NorthStar is in a good financial position to complete the decommissioning of Entergy's Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant that it plans to buy, with money in the plant's decommissioning trust fund currently running about $73 million more than the projected costs, Milton Eaton writes. In addition, the investment firm that recently bought NorthStar has promised to provide necessary capital.
Tokyo Electric Power told Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority that it will produce safety manuals that make it clear that safety is the highest priority for Units 6 and 7 of its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant. The NRA is mulling whether to allow TEPCO to restart the reactors.
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