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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.

NUCLEAR POWER:

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.

REGULATION:

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.

NUCLEAR:

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.

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The devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan has spawned a major nuclear disaster. E&E examines the implications for energy, the environment, security and public health.

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Scores of nuclear power reactors dot the United States. There are 103 reactors that are licensed to operate and 14 undergoing decommissioning. Many others are in planning stages; the four furthest along in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensing process are shown on this map. Click on a site icon for more details on the U.S. NRC website.

Zion 1, Illinois Zion 2, Illinois Humboldt Bay, California Vallecitos Boiling Water Reactor, California San Onofre 1, California LaCrosse Boiling Water Reactor, Wisconsin Dresden 1, Illinois Peach Bottom 1, Pennsylvania Three Mile Island 2, Pennsylvania Nuclear Ship Savannah, Maryland Fermi 1, Michigan Indian Point 1, New York Millstone 1, Connecticut Summer 3, South Carolina Summer 2, South Carolina Vogtle 4, Georgia Vogtle 3, Georgia McGuire 2, North Carolina McGuire 1, North Carolina North Anna 2, Virginia North Anna 1, Virginia Surry 2, Virginia Surry 1, Virginia Brunswick 2, North Carolina Brunswick 1, North Carolina Catawba 2, South Carolina Catawba 1, South Carolina Vogtle 2, Georgia Vogtle 1, Georgia Hatch 2, Georgia Hatch 1, Georgia Saint Lucie 2, Florida Harris 1, North Carolina Watts Bar 1, Tennessee Fort Calhoun, Nebraska Cooper, Nebraska Pilgrim 1, Massachusetts Seabrook 1, New Hampshire Vermont Yankee, Vermont FitzPatrick, New York Ginna, New York Perry 1, Ohio Davis-Besse, Ohio Monticello, Minnesota Duane Arnold, Iowa Fermi 2, Ohio Palisades, Michigan Kewaunee, Wisconsin Clinton, Illinois Callaway, Missouri Columbia Generating Station, Washington Wolf Creek, Kansas River Bend 1, Louisiana Waterford 3, Louisiana Robinson 2, South Carolina Summer, South Carolina Grand Gulf 1, Mississippi Crystal River 3, Florida Saint Lucie 1, Florida Oconee 2, South Carolina Oconee 3, South Carolina Oconee 1, South Carolina Palo Verde 2, Arizona Palo Verde 3, Arizona Palo Verde 1, Arizona Browns Ferry 2, Alabama Browns Ferry 3, Alabama Browns Ferry 1, Alabama Sequoyah 2, Tennessee Sequoyah 1, Tennessee Quad Cities 2, Illinois Quad Cities 1, Illinois Peach Bottom 3, Pennsylvania Three Mile Island 1, Pennsylvania Peach Bottom 2, Pennysylvania Nine Mile Point 2, New York Nine Mile Point 1, New York Calvert Cliffs 2, Maryland Calvert Cliffs 1, Maryland Salem 2, New Jersey Hope Creek 1, New Jersey Oyster Creek, New Jersey Salem 1, New Jersey Millstone 3, Connecticut Millstone 2, Connecticut Indian Point 3, New York Indian Point 2, New York Susquehanna 1, Pennsylvania Susquehanna 1, Pennsylvania Limerick 2, Pennsylvania Limerick 1, Pennsylvania Beaver Valley 2, Pennsylvania Beaver Valley 1, Pennsylvania Dresden 3, Illinois Dresden 2, Illinois La Salle 2, Illinois La Salle 1, Illinois Braidwood 2, Illinois Braidwood 1, Illinois D.C. Cook 2, Michigan D.C. Cook 1, Michigan Byron 2, Illinois Byron 1, Illinois Point Beach 2, Wisconsin Point Beach 1, Wisconsin Prarie Island 2, Minnesota Prarie Island 1, Minnesota Arkansas Nuclear 2, Arkansas Arkansas Nuclear 1, Arkansas South Texas 2, Texas South Texas 1, Texas Comanche Peak 2, Texas Comanche Peak 1, Texas Diablo Canyon 2, California Diablo Canyon 1, California San Onofre 3, California San Onofre 2, California Farley 2, Alabam51 Farley 1, Alabama Turkey Point 4, Florida Turkey Point 3, Florida

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