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Regulators OK more time to build nuclear fuel plant

11/21/2014

Federal regulators have granted a 10-year extension to the company building a South Carolina facility where spent nuclear weapons materials will be turned into commercial nuclear reactor fuel.

Plan divides billions in closed nuke plant costs

11/21/2014

California regulators have approved a settlement to divide billions of dollars in costs from the closed San Onofre nuclear power plant.

NRG protests move by New York PSC toward Ginna life extension

11/20/2014

Subsidiaries of NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG) told the New York State Public Service Commission on Nov. 17 that they are disappointed with a commission order that advances a plan to keep open the uneconomic R.E. Ginna nuclear plant.

DuPont Tyvek coveralls protect nuclear decommissioning workers

11/19/2014

Nuclear energy generates around 11 percent of the world's electricity and is used by more than 30 countries around the world, according to statistics from the World Nuclear Agency (WNA).

Enhancing the quality of safety training

11/19/2014

Establishing sustainable sources of energy is high on the agenda of both the public and their elected representatives, and the nuclear industry is currently able to satisfy consumer demand to a greater degree than, say, wind power.

Breaking bad: Don't let turnaround myths stall your recovery

11/19/2014

The unpleasant revelations coming out of plants in recovery are a continual embarrassment in the nuclear business.

Roughly 800 have taken early retirement at TVA

11/17/2014

Roughly 800 Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) employees have taken early retirement packages, TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson said Nov. 17.

GE Hitachi to supply control rod blade for Swiss nuclear power plant

11/13/2014

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) has signed a contract with Kernkraftwerk Leibstadt AG (KKL) to supply more than 40 GEH Ultra Control Rod Blades to the 1,220-MW Leibstadt Nuclear Power Plant in Leibstadt, Switzerland during the summer of 2015.

Westinghouse to supply fuel to nuclear reactors in Germany

11/12/2014

Westinghouse Electric Co. has been selected by RWE and E.ON to manufacture and deliver nuclear fuel assemblies for the Gundremmingen and Emsland Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs) in Germany, between 2016 and 2018.

Japan's nuclear cleanup stymied by water woes

11/12/2014

More than three years into the massive cleanup of Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant, only a tiny fraction of the workers are focused on key tasks such as preparing for the dismantling of the broken reactors and removing radioactive fuel rods.

Perry, Palo Verde nuclear units go offline due to weekend problems

11/10/2014

Both the companies and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) are investigating some problems that resulted in loss of power at a couple of nuclear plants this past weekend.

Japan’s 1,780 MW Sendai Nuclear Power Station to restart power generation

11/10/2014

A governor gave final approval Friday for a nuclear power plant to restart in southern Japan, the first to resume operations under new safety rules imposed in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi meltdowns caused by an earthquake and tsunami.

After SONGS closure, SCE signs 2,221 MW worth of contracts

11/06/2014

Southern California Edison (SCE) has signed contracts for 2,221-MW of power from various new resources, representing approximately 10 percent of SCE’s current total customer peak usage.

3 men with drone near French nuke site arrested

11/05/2014

Three men in their 20s have been arrested in possession of a drone near a French nuclear reactor, the first such arrests since a spate of mysterious drone overflights of reactors began in early October.

Malfunction closes 2 Czech nuclear reactors

11/05/2014

An official says a damaged water pipe has forced the closure of two of the four nuclear reactors at a Czech power plant.

Ameren invests $150M to update nuclear reactor at Callaway Energy Center

11/04/2014

Ameren Missouri (NYSE: AEE) will invest approximately $150 million to replace the nuclear reactor head at the Callaway Energy Center near Fulton, Missouri. 

NRC resumes license renewals for US nuclear power plants after two year hiatus

11/03/2014

Following a two-year hiatus, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has resumed issuing license renewals for nuclear power plants in the nation.

Browns Ferry Unit 1 back online after refueling, maintenance outage

10/31/2014

Tennessee Valley Authority’s Browns Ferry Unit 1 returned to service Oct. 29, after a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage. 

Report finds problem with Hanford nuclear vapors

10/30/2014

The U.S. Department of Energy does not have an adequate system to detect whether harmful vapors are sickening workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation's most polluted nuclear site, according to a new report issued Thursday.

After Fukushima, Japan gets green boom and glut

10/30/2014

The utilities say they can't accommodate the flood of newcomers to the green energy business, throwing in doubt the future of Japan's up-to-now aggressive strategy on renewable energy. Another challenge is that supplies of power from sources such as solar are not reliable enough or easily stored.

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