DOE pledges $13M for next-generation reactors
The Energy Department today announced $13 million in cost-share agreements for five projects that aim to accelerate the development of next-generation nuclear reactors.
DOE's advanced reactor concept program is focused on new technology systems that use coolants such as liquid metal, fluoride salt or gas that could be safer, cheaper and more efficient compared with current light water reactor technology. The latest funds will help companies address significant technical challenges to the design, construction and operation of next-generation nuclear reactors based on feedback from industry, according to DOE.
Investors demand answers as timeline lags, costs rise for SCANA reactor project
Investors continued yesterday to press SCANA Corp. executives for when they may be able to agree on a final schedule for the company's nuclear expansion project in South Carolina.
This is because the sooner SCANA and the vendors agree on a schedule and associated costs for the V.C. Summer project, the earlier the utility can ask to recoup that money from ratepayers.
Exelon won't make quick nuclear plant decisions next year, CEO says
The chief executive of Exelon Corp. yesterday said the company won't rush into decisions on closing nuclear plants in Illinois while it works with state officials to produce a new climate policy that puts the company's large nuclear fleet on a comparable competitive footing with wind and solar power.
Speaking to reporters following a speech in Washington, D.C., Exelon's Chris Crane noted the company's initial warning last year that it would have to see action by the end of 2014 resolving how nuclear plants will be handled under U.S. EPA's plan to cut power plant carbon dioxide emissions.
Enviro groups challenge water permit for Wash. reactor
Three environmental groups filed a lawsuit today challenging a wastewater permit for Washington state's only nuclear power plant, arguing that its discharges threaten the Columbia River.
Columbia Riverkeeper, Northwest Environmental Advocates and the Northwest Environmental Defense Center asked the Superior Court for the State of Washington to overturn approval of the state permit for Energy Northwest's Columbia Generating Station.
Majority of Americans see reactors as climate 'solution' -- industry poll
A majority of Americans associate nuclear power with solving climate change while ensuring the lights stay on, according to a new industry-backed poll.
Thirty-one percent of those surveyed said they associate nuclear power "a lot" with being a "climate change solution," while 31 percent said they see "a little" connection, according to a poll the Nuclear Energy Institute released today. Thirty-four percent of respondents said they do not associate nuclear power with solving climate change, and a remaining 5 percent said they did not know.