Former Exelon CEO Rowe: Shutting down struggling nukes is 'the proper market-driven answer'
CHICAGO -- Former Exelon CEO John Rowe sat down with EnergyWire last week during the Energy Thought Summit in Chicago to discuss the state of the nuclear industry, U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan and other changes confronting the utility industry.
Panel to eye permit renewal with coastal, sea-level concerns
The House Natural Resources Committee will likely delve into a debate this week over whether the Indian Point nuclear plant must comply with the Coastal Zone Management Act.
The panel's Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee will hold a hearing tomorrow on "federal implementation" of the act. Committee Republicans did not respond to requests for more information, but Democrats say one of the witnesses is an official from Entergy Corp., the plant's owner.
Agency chief to address nuclear reactor licensing
The chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will appear before a House subcommittee this week to discuss the agency's licensing process.
Stephen Burns will testify before the House Science, Space and Technology Committee to give lawmakers a review of the NRC's timelines for licensing new reactors and other projects.
Senate Republicans fault NRC's handing of proposed safety rules
Senate Republicans say the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has failed to provide cost justification for its proposed new safety regulations.
In an open letter letter to NRC Chairman Stephen Burns, the senators expressed concern about the "growing use of qualitative factors to justify new regulatory requirements that are not cost-justified."
Another nuclear cyberthreat roils South Korea
South Korea's largest nuclear power producer has again caught the attention of hackers, according to an official statement and local media.
A Twitter account tied to self-styled anti-nuclear hackers posted purportedly stolen documents and threatened to attack power plants with a computer virus last Wednesday, according to South Korean news reports. The account has since been blocked.
Study touts industry's benefits to U.S. economy, environment
The U.S. nuclear energy industry adds about $60 billion annually to the country's gross domestic product and prevents nearly 600 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions, according to a new study.
Can the next generation of reactors spur a nuclear renaissance?
More than a quarter of the world's carbon dioxide emissions come from burning fossil fuels to produce heat and electricity. In the United States, the Department of Energy projects load growth of 22 percent by 2040. Meanwhile, greenhouse restrictions are poised to go into effect under the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan. In order to meet that growing demand while hitting a greenhouse gas reduction target of 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, a chorus of voices from industry and think tanks is calling for a nuclear energy renaissance in the United States and around the world.