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Steam Turbine Rehabs Improve Heat Rates


The EPA's Clean Power Plan calls for a 6-percent improvement in heat rates, or fuel efficiencies, at coal-fired power plants. Power Engineering examines how a steam turbine upgrade can help meet this mandate.

Ft. Calhoun nuclear power plant taken offline


The Omaha Public Power District took the 500-MW Fort Calhoun nuclear station offline after a lockout of the plant’s main generator.

Areva develops corrosion-prevention solution for nuclear power plants


Areva developed a technology to prevent corrosion of secondary systems in nuclear power plants.

Recovery project for Kingston ash spill nears completion


Clean up efforts, from the 2008 Kingston Fossil Plant coal ash spill, is near completion.

Two more nuclear reactors OK to restart in Japan


Japanese nuclear regulators approved the restart of two more reactors in the country totaling 1.7-GW in generating capacity.

J-Power requests safety checks for nuclear MOX fuel project in Japan


A company is the first to apply for safety checks at a nuclear power plant that is under construction in Japan.

Iberdrola to build combined cycle gas turbine power plant in Massachusetts


Iberdrola Engineering and Construction has been awarded a contract, by Footprint Power, to build a  674-MW combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) electric generating plant in Salem, Massachusetts.

Areva JV to supply instrumentation systems for Chinese nuclear projects


A consortium of Areva and BRIC will supply the incore instrumentation for four ACPR-1000 nuclear reactors under construction in China.

EPA unveils SO2 scrubber-reliant haze plan for Texas


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing new regional haze SO2 reduction requirements for Texas based on a series of presumed scrubber installations and scrubber upgrades on 14 coal-fired power plant units.

Duke to repair leaky pipe at coal ash dump near Charlotte


North Carolina environmental officials said Thursday that they have approved plans by Duke Energy to drain contaminated wastewater from a huge coal ash dump near Charlotte to repair a leaking pipe.

NY court says nuke plant exempt from state program


The Indian Point nuclear power plant on the lower Hudson River is exempt from New York state's coastal management program, a midlevel state court has ruled.

SCE chooses Holtec International to store San Onofre used nuclear fuel


Southern California Edison (SCE) has awarded Holtec International a contract to store San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station's used nuclear fuel in a robust underground facility.

$814K offered for projects after plant closes


Five Windham County projects have been selected to receive $814,000 in grants after the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant shuts down.

Environmentalists seek wait on Callaway extension


FULTON, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri environmental group is renewing its calls for federal regulators to delay issuing a 20-year extension for the Callaway County nuclear power plant until legal challenges regarding spent fuel rod storage are resolved.

Kurion delivers system to treat water at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant


Kurion, Inc. was awarded a contract by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) for a second Mobile Processing System for deployment at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant site. The first system started operating at the site in early October.

Duke Energy announces progress in coal ash management, ash basin closures


Duke Energy's (NYSE: DUK) Senior Vice President of Ash Strategy, John Elnitsky, updated North Carolina legislators on the company's progress to meet the Coal Ash Management Act (CAMA) on Wednesday.

GE Hitachi completes inspection at Texas Nuclear Power Plant


GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH)’s ultrasonic robot, Surveyor, successfully inspected a section of underground pipe at the South Texas Project Electric Generating Station. The inspection took place at two Westinghouse-built pressurized water reactors near Bay City, Texas.

Tech Tour Provides Close Look at Space Coast Power Plant


Many people consider Cape Canaveral to be the birthplace of the U.S. space program. It conjures up thoughts of Apollo rocket liftoffs and space shuttle launches. Some 32 people who attended Monday afternoon’s Cape Canaveral Next Generation Clean Energy Center tech tour learned that it is also home to one of the most technologically advanced combined-cycle gas turbine facilities in the U.S.

Finland clears nuclear venture with Russian firm


HELSINKI (AP) - Finland has taken a major step toward approving the construction of a nuclear plant by Finnish-Russian consortium Fennovoima that would be the Nordic country's sixth reactor.

Missouri nuclear plant shuts down; no public risk


An Ameren Corp. (NYSE: AEE) nuclear plant in central Missouri shut down Wednesday due to an electrical equipment failure, but the company and federal regulators say there is no risk to the public.