More missed deadlines add up for Plant Vogtle expansion
Georgia Power's nuclear expansion project at Plant Vogtle faces further delays that could continue to drive up costs, according to documents filed Monday by state Public Service Commission staff and analysts.
The delays are because the project's vendors continue to miss key construction milestones, according to testimony from analyst Steven Roetger and Vogtle's construction monitor, William Jacobs. The pair estimate that Units 3 and 4 will start producing electricity later than the expected December 2017 and 2018 date.
Calif. orders utilities to give ratepayers $1.45B for shuttered plant
Utilities in Southern California must give ratepayers $1.45 billion in refunds and credits tied to the early shutdown of a failed nuclear plant, the state's regulator said yesterday.
Southern California Edison Co. (SCE) and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. (SDG&E) must cut the amount they collect in rates for retired assets at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) ruled.
State regulators want EPA to modify power plant CO2 rule to favor new nuclear generation
State electricity regulators from around the country have not been able to come to much of a consensus on U.S. EPA's draft rule to cut carbon emissions, but this week, they agreed on one thing: They don't like the way the proposal treats nuclear power.
EPA proposed more stringent carbon emission rates for states that host nuclear power plants and provided a 6 percent credit for maintaining units that are facing tough competition and might otherwise shut down.
NRC, FERC to share cyber practices with other agencies
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission are working jointly to introduce their cybersecurity regimes to other executive branch regulators.
The agencies' effort is one of the first tasks being undertaken by the Cybersecurity Forum for Independent and Executive Branch Regulators.
NRC chief stresses need for strict vendor oversight with new reactors
ATLANTA -- The nation's top nuclear regulator has a message for any utility looking to build a new reactor in the United States: Strict vendor oversight is a must, and every inch of the project must match exactly with the design that federal nuclear safety regulators approved.
"This is a different regime that they worked under previously, and they really have to pay attention to the details, and they have to build what they say they are going to build," outgoing Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane said here yesterday.