Georgia Power's nuclear tab goes up again -- but goes down on paper
Georgia Power has formally told state utility regulators it needs to change the official cost of its share of Plant Vogtle, as expected.
But the number went down instead of up.
This is because the utility wants the "certified" amount of Plant Vogtle to reflect the capital costs only and not include the financing costs, company executives said.
Exelon backs Ill. carbon bill -- but not the one greens wanted
Exelon Corp. is urging the Illinois General Assembly to price power-sector carbon emissions, but to do so in a way that won't make environmentalists happy.
The nuclear giant, which has long been searching for a way to secure state funding to keep its six-unit Illinois nuclear fleet online, threw its support yesterday to legislation -- Senate Bill 1585 and House Bill 3293 -- that would create a low-carbon portfolio standard.
As new reactors are built, even small changes get lengthy federal vetting
A change request for a calculation related to inorganic zinc coating has taken more than a year and required dozens of pieces of paperwork.
This particular coating will protect against corrosion at two nuclear reactors currently being built in southeast Georgia, so this is more than just tinkering with high-level math and science.
Georgia Power, which is building twin reactors at the Plant Vogtle nuclear site, can't use another calculation method, even if the utility knows that it would meet the same standards. It first must get an OK from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Exelon, critics gird for battle as pro-nuclear bill is filed in Ill.
The stage is set for an energy policy showdown in Illinois after lawmakers from both parties introduced a bill aimed at aiding three Exelon Corp. nuclear plants that have struggled in recent years in the face of increasing competition from wind energy and natural-gas-fired generation.
The legislation filed in the House and Senate would replace the Illinois renewable energy standard with a low-carbon portfolio standard requiring 70 percent of electricity used in areas served by large investor-owned utilities to come from low-carbon sources of generation.
NRC chairman checks in on new reactors, lays groundwork for more
ATLANTA -- Wrapping up post-Fukushima safety enhancements, preparing for new and different reactor projects, and slimming down the agency are top priorities for the new chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Stephen Burns.
Speaking yesterday at NRC's Region II headquarters here, Burns said the agency should prepare to review applications for small modular reactors and for what he called the fourth generation, or advanced-generation reactors. Even if utilities don't file applications to build next-generations for more than a decade from now, having the technical expertise is necessary, Burns said.