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Nuclear license for Southern may be delayed until early 2012


Southern Co. may not receive its federal license to build two Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle until early 2012.

Nuclear construction overruns won't hit Southern Co. profits


Georgia utility regulators rejected a plan that would have hit Southern Co. profits if it exceeds its budget while building two new nuclear reactors at its Vogtle station.

Fermi 2 nuclear reactor to seek license extension


Operators of the 1,098 MW Fermi 2 Nuclear Power Plant in Michigan told the Nuclear Regulatory Commission July 20 they intend to apply for renewal of Fermi 2's operating license.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission names new director


The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has announced the selection of Mark A. Satorius as Director of the Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management Programs.

New nuclear reactor at North Anna still in the works


Dominion Resources Inc. said it will continue with plans to add a third nuclear reactor at the 1,953 MW North Anna nuclear power plant in Virginia despite the disaster in Japan.

Pakistan set to bring in energy efficiency law

The Pakistan government will enact an energy efficiency framework law this year aimed at achieving an annual energy savings of up to 10 per cent.

U.S. Supreme Court to hear PPL Montana hydro case


The U.S. Supreme Court will hear PPL Montana's appeal of a Montana Supreme Court decision that granted the state ownership of riverbeds underlying  PPL Montana-owned dams, retroactively going back to statehood.

IAEA pledge to boost nuclear regulation, safety standards

More than 100 countries will pledge to strengthen national nuclear regulators and improve safety standards at a high-profile meeting this month called after Japan's atomic disaster, a draft declaration showed.

Latin America has attractive regulatory framework

Endesa CEO Andrea Brentan has reportedly said Latin America offers an appealing regulatory framework for the generation and distribution of energy that provides incentives to ensure expansion and adequate service quality.

Fukushima radiation could be double


The amount of radiation released by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami could have been more than double the original estimate by Tokyo Electric Power Co.

Canadian nuclear task force to review nuclear plants


The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has established an operational task force to evaluate the operational, technical and regulatory implications of the March 11, 2011 nuclear event in Japan in relation to Canadian nuclear power plants.

EPA blocking bills rejected


Two proposals to stop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from regulating emissions from coal-fired power plants were voted down in the Senate April 6.

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German states file legal complaint against nuclear phase-out reverse

Five German federal states have filed a legal complaint against the government's decision to extend the operational life times of nuclear power plants, arguing that they were not consulted in the process.

FutureGen 2 site selection


Among the factors that resulted in the selection of the Morgan County site are its high quality geology and its close proximity to the Meredosia power plant, which simplifies pipeline routing and substantially reduces the project’s overall cost.

California renewables


The California state Senate approved a bill 26-11 that gives utilities 10 years to get 33 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources.

NRG shuts plant


Plans to reopen the Somerset coal- and oil-fired power plant in Massachusetts have been scrapped.

Nigeria extends deadline for power plant bidders

Nigeria has extended by two weeks a deadline for companies to express interest in electricity distribution firms and power stations to be sold as part of a multi-billion dollar privatization programme.

UK to get new nuclear regular authority from 1 April

The UK is to create a new nuclear regulator, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), which will replace the Health and Safety Executive's Nuclear Directorate from 1 April.

Law aims to promote renewable energy development in Chile


A law encouraging companies that have the capacity to generate more than 200 MW of electricity to produce at least 10 per cent from renewable energy sources is set to give the renewables sector in Chile a significant boost.