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Canadian nuclear regulators commended for post-Fukiushima response


The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Dec. 9 completed its follow-up assessment of Canada’s nuclear regulatory framework.

ERCOT concerned about electricity demand and extreme weather


The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the state grid operator and manager of the wholesale electric market, raises concerns about an increase in demand tied to extreme weather conditions and worst-case generation outages in a recently released winter assessment.

NRC denies state's opposition to nuclear license renewal


A three-judge panel with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) denied a filing by the state of Massachusetts to stop the license approval of Entergy’s 685 MW Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Massachusetts.

Natural gas companies under investigation for rate charges


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is investigating rates charged by three interstate natural gas companies: ANR Storage Co., Bear Creek Storage Co. LLC and MIGC LLC.

Bankrupt co-op will have electricity supplied for a month


Southern Montana Electric Generation & Transmission Co-op, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in October, will have electricity supplied to members until December.

Third nuclear reactor could face delay


Georgia Power said the opening of a third nuclear reactor at the 2,236 MWe Plant Vogtle could be delayed five months if federal regulators do not approve a license by the end of 2011.

To the Editor:


Robynn Andracsek is spot-on in her Clearing the Air, "Seeking Certainty" (September 2011) observations.

Unresolved Water Law Issues and Renewable Energy


Climate-change concerns and a shift in political priorities have spurred growing interest in the development of renewable energy resources.

Offshore wind project has FAA determination revoked


A federal appeals court revoked the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) determination Oct. 27 that the planned $2.6 billion, 468 MW Cape Wind project would not present a flight hazard in Nantucket Sound.

Wind energy company accused of fraud


A wind energy company is accused of obtaining $2 million in federal stimulus funds fraudulently.

Wind energy project gets provincial OK in Quebec


The provincial government of Quebec approved the construction and operation of a $331.3 million, 150 MW Massif du Sud wind project in Canada.

Nuclear power from Indian Point can be replaced if shut down


The governor of New York said the state can replace the power generated by the 2,065 MW Indian Point nuclear power plant if it were to shut down by 2015.

Power blackout probe set by FERC and NERC


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission  and the North American Electric Reliability Corp. opened an inquiry into the September 8 power outage that left more than 1 million customers in Southern California, parts of Arizona and Northern Baja Mexico without electricity.

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.