Warnings on reactor clusters cap off big week for nuclear
The latest analysis on the causes and lessons from the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster says the U.S. industry and reactor operators should pay close attention to how an unplanned event could impact more than one reactor on-site.
This is particularly important as 70 percent of U.S. nuclear sites have twin reactors, and one site in the Southeast soon will have as many as four. Federal environmental regulations on carbon also have put nuclear back in the spotlight as a source of emission-free baseload power, which means more reactors could get built in the next couple of decades.
Southern Co. weighs year-end announcement of new nuclear project
Southern Co. may be months away from announcing a new nuclear project, the utility's chief executive said today.
"I would love to announce by the end of this year the development of a new nuclear option," CEO Tom Fanning told reporters after a speech at the American Energy Innovation Council conference in Washington, D.C.
While he stopped short of announcing the project, he said, "If things continue to move forward, maybe we will" by year's end.
In 'Fukushima Building,' TVA tests a new age of nuclear construction
SPRING CITY, Tenn. -- A new $185 million building here can withstand an earthquake, floods and tornadoes.
The floor is tied to bedrock.
The door and wall can withstand "missiles," which could mean actual weapons but more likely would be objects pummeled through the air during a tornado, hurricane or other severe weather event.
This is the new "FLEX Storage Equipment Building" at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Watts Bar nuclear power plant. TVA officials simply call it the "Fukushima Building."
With 1 reactor nearly complete, TVA has more nuclear plans on the back burner
More than 3,000 workers are at Tennessee Valley Authority's Watts Bar nuclear site making sure Unit 2 will be ready to produce electricity by the end of next year.
Meanwhile, a 1,600-acre site in Jackson County, Ala., waits in the wings for when TVA needs additional emission-free baseload generation.
TVA's Bellefonte site in Hollywood, Ala., could be where the utility eventually builds a new reactor. Those plans may seem ambitious right now, but TVA has considered the site for as many as four reactors.