The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's National Ignition Facility says it's close to achieving a self-sustaining "burning plasma" stage that won't require additional energy from lasers.
South African energy regulator Nersa has set Feb. 5, 2021, as the deadline for public comments on a proposal to add 2,500 megawatts of nuclear power capacity after 2030. Nersa plans to schedule public hearings on the plan after the comment period is complete.
Significant progress has been made in planning for two additional Russian-made reactor units at Hungary's Paks 2 nuclear power plant despite the ongoing pandemic, officials told the Hungarian parliament's economic committee. The Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority is expected to issue a construction license for the project in the spring.
As Ohio lawmakers consider legislation concerning the fate of the nuclear subsidies under HB6, analysts say Energy Harbor will likely be asked to prove that its Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear power plants need the $1 billion subsidy to continue operating. "Ultimately, the subsidies may be reduced following the audit but we are skeptical they'll go to zero when all is said and done," says Height Capital Markets senior analyst Josh Price.
Electric cooperatives and customers of Santee Cooper who paid into the defunct $9 billion V.C. Summer nuclear plant project will receive refunds as part of a $520 million class action lawsuit settlement. Santee Cooper has also agreed to a four-year rate freeze under the settlement.
An Energy Information Agency annual survey of startup times for different electricity-generating technologies found that 25% of US power plants can go from total shutdown to full operating power within one hour. Most hydroelectric and combustion electric turbines are relatively fast to start up, while nuclear power plants require about 12 hours to manage their nuclear fuel and to form steam, according to the EIA.
After seven Utah cities withdrew from the Carbon Free Power Project, which aims to supply power from a small modular reactor project at Idaho National Laboratory, other Utah cities are setting limits on their financial contributions for the project's first phase of licensing. Some cities still supporting the project say they may reconsider their support in the future if the project's costs exceed $55 per megawatt hour.
The European Commission has approved a draft agreement for the US to help Romania with its $8 billion expansion and refurbishment of the Cernavoda nuclear power plant. Companies from Canada and France will also be involved in the project.
The International Atomic Energy Agency has named its inaugural class of 100 fellows for the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Program created in March to support women pursuing nuclear-related studies. The fellowship offers internship opportunities and provides funds for tuition and living expenses for two years while the student completes a master's degree.