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Southern Co. nuclear workers, IBEW work out labor deal

08/26/2014

Workers at Southern Co. (NYSE: SO)’s Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant and a union signed a new five-year labor contract.

Hearings planned after call for nuke-plant closure

08/26/2014

A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults.

False alarms at nuclear plants caused by lightning

08/25/2014

The Oswego County, N.Y., Emergency Management Office believes that lightning might have triggered false alarms for two local nuclear power plants in Scriba, N.Y.

NRC approves nuclear power uprate for Peach Bottom power plant

08/25/2014

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved a request from Exelon (NYSE: EXC) to perform an uprate project on units 2 and 3 at the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania.

PG&E crews work on restoring power after earthquake

08/25/2014

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E, NYSE: PCG) is working on restoring electric and gas service after a 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit Napa County, California.

Expert calls for nuke plant closure

08/25/2014

A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults.

S. Korea nuclear reactor shut down due to heavy rainfall

08/25/2014

Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. Ltd. stopped operation of a 650-MW nuclear reactor due to heavy rainfall.

Dungeness nuclear reactor automatically trips offline

08/22/2014

The 550-MW Dungeness B22 nuclear reactor in Britain was shut down for an unplanned outage.

Video: Smokestacks imploded at Duke Energy's Cape Fear plant

08/22/2014

On Friday morning, two 200-foot smokestacks at Duke Energy's Cape Fear Plant was imploded after more than 90 years in service.

Valves & Actuators

08/21/2014

Valves and actuators get little or no recognition. But their impact on power plant efficiency can be significant. <em>Power Engineering</em> identifies several notable improvements in actuator technology.

AMSC to supply wind turbine electrical systems for $15mn

08/21/2014

AMSC received a $15 million order for wind turbine electrical systems from Inox Wind Limited, a unit of India’s Inox Group.

L-3 Mapps to supply trainer for FP&L nuclear power unit

08/21/2014

L-3 Mapps was selected by Florida Power & Light (FP&L) to supply a part-task trainer to the St. Lucie Plant nuclear Unit 1.

Breaking Bad: Don't Let Turnaround Myths Stall Your Recovery

08/21/2014

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

DOE awards $67mn for U.S. university-led nuclear energy R&D

08/20/2014

The U.S. Energy Department (DOE) invested $67 million in nuclear energy research and infrastructure enhancements in 83 projects.

Water intake resumes after Ohio River oil spill

08/20/2014

Ohio and Kentucky water districts have resumed taking water from the Ohio River after a fuel oil spill led them to stop doing so.

Electrabel may shut down two nuclear reactors for good

08/20/2014

Two nuclear reactors owned by Belgium’s Electrabel may remain offline until spring and could be permanently shut down.

Update: Duke Energy crews cleaning up Ohio River oil spill

08/20/2014

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) workers made progress overnight after approximately 5,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River at W.C. Beckjord coal-fired power station.

5K-8K gallons of fuel oil spills into Ohio River

08/20/2014

An estimated 5,000 to 8,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River, leading authorities to shut off water intake valves for both the Ohio and Kentucky sides of the waterway to protect water supplies, and a 15-mile section of the river was closed to allow cleanup.

Diablo Canyon nuclear unit running at reduced power

08/19/2014

Diablo Canyon 2 nuclear plant in California is running at reduced power after two backup diesel generators became inoperable at the same time.

Top 5 U.S. Coal Plant Heat Rates

08/19/2014