DTE Energy and Consumers Energy, two Michigan-based utilities, have partnered with Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan to set a new 50% by 2030 goal for clean energy, according to the groups. "Michigan wants clean energy, and we saw support across the state from the moment we started this campaign," said Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan campaign manager John Freeman.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management launched a public comment period to gather more input on advancing offshore wind development on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf on April 6. It has extended the deadline for submitting comments from May 21 to July 5.
Entergy's Pilgrim nuclear plant in Massachusetts can't close earlier than its planned June 2019 retirement as critics have suggested because the grid is underfueled and Entergy has a contractual obligation, writes Matthew Cordaro, former president and CEO of the Midwest Independent System Operator. Generators had to use coal and oil to supply the grid this winter, and there are no better short-term options to replace nuclear power if Pilgrim closes early, he writes.
Whistler waves, which are often formed by lightning, have been found in the plasma of a nuclear fusion tokamak during a reaction. The properties of whistler waves could keep runaway electrons from causing damage to the tokamak and disrupting the process.
A carbon tax would help keep existing nuclear energy plants in operation by rewarding its clean energy generation without giving a lifeline to coal plants, Chris Tomlinson writes. Many nuclear operators also own coal plants and are asking for support for their entire fleet, linking nuclear power with coal power.
Representatives from Holtec International and the Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance answered questions Friday from the New Mexico lawmakers about plans to build an interim storage facility in southeastern New Mexico. Lawmakers voiced concerns that with no permanent repository being established by the federal government, the New Mexico site could become the default permanent repository.
The UK government has put out a tender for a company that would go to international nuclear power plants and other sites with sensitive nuclear information to train employees on security procedures to prevent attacks. This move is part of an ongoing push to increase security and awareness of nuclear plants as potential terrorist targets.