Calif. watchdog demands $648M returned over nuclear plant closure
California's utility ratepayer advocate is recommending that the disclosure of backdoor negotiations between regulator and utility over the closure of a Southern California nuclear plant result in a refund of $648 million to customers.
Last week, communications emerged between former California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey and an executive at utility Southern California Edison over how much the utility should reimburse customers for the early decommissioning of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), which stopped operating in 2012 due to mechanical problems.
Key Senate appropriator poised to explore a nuclear-free future
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, is prepared to explore what the United States would be like without its operating nuclear reactors.
Alexander, an outspoken proponent of nuclear, has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday titled, "The United States Without Nuclear Power," featuring the Energy Department's up-and-coming nuclear leader, the Nuclear Energy Institute's senior vice president of governmental affairs, and the president and CEO of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
TVA says there's no need for Bellefonte plant now -- but that may change
The Tennessee Valley Authority found that demand growth doesn't exist at this time to justify continued construction of the Bellefonte nuclear plant, but that the final decision is up to the utility's board of directors.
TVA in its most recently filed draft of its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) signaled it will focus on gas-fired power and efficiency.
Boxer continues to throw punches at NRC as her retirement looms
Sen. Barbara Boxer may not wield the Environment and Public Works Committee's gavel any longer, but that's not stopping the Californian from using her position as top Democrat to rail against nuclear regulators.
Boxer accused members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Office of Public Affairs yesterday of circulating an internal memo last August that found Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s two-unit Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in San Luis Obispo County on the Pacific Coast to be "seismically safe."
Senators clash over pace of agency's post-Fukushima work
The Republican chairman and top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee butted heads today over whether federal regulators are doing too much -- or too little -- to bolster U.S. nuclear safety in the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that triggered three reactor meltdowns in Japan.