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Feds move to speed approval for Great Plains wind projects

04/24/2015

Federal officials are moving to speed up their review of wind power projects across the Upper Great Plains in anticipation that the industry will continue growing, a situation that's alarmed wildlife advocates who say many bird and bat species are being put at risk as wind turbines proliferate.

Nuclear to generate up to 22% of Japan’s electricity under proposed plan

04/24/2015

Japan’s Economy, Trade and Industry ministry set a potential target for 20 to 22 percent of the nation’s electricity generation to come from nuclear power by 2030.

Russia, Argentina sign nuclear fuel supply agreement

04/24/2015

An agreement was signed that would allow Russia-owned Rosatom to build a sixth nuclear power plant in Argentina.

MOX Fuel: A Powerful Mix of Energy and Nonproliferation

04/23/2015

At the end of the Cold War, the United States and Russia began cooperating to counter the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, especially seeking a means to reduce the "clear and present danger" from theft of global stockpiles of surplus weapons-grade plutonium.

Safety Culture Best Practices Largely Ignored

04/23/2015

Different industries have developed their own definitions of-and approaches to-safety culture. Rather than learn from one another and adopt the standards and practices that produce the best results, for the most part, industries have evolved their own unique strategies and tools that they are comfortable with.

Start of S. Korea nuclear reactor delayed after flaws found

04/23/2015

South Korea’s nuclear regulator said it would delay the start of a nuclear reactor after flawed valves were discovered.

Japan nuclear power plant restart date may be “too optimistic”

04/23/2015

Just one day after a Japanese court judge cleared the restart of two nuclear power plants, the regulator says the restart may not happen as early as planned.

China to bring up to 8 nuclear reactors online this year

04/23/2015

China is set to bring between six and eight nuclear power plants online in 2015 and begin work on more.

MHPS rebrands its H-80 gas turbine

04/22/2015

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) today announced the renaming of its H-80 gas turbine. The 100-MW class, heavy-duty, high-efficiency turbine will now be called the H-100, a change made to more accu­rately reflect the rated capacity class of the model.

Judge rejects lawsuit blocking restart of Sendai nuclear power units

04/22/2015

A Japanese court ruled against a lawsuit aimed at blocking the reopening of two nuclear power plants in the country.

Due to power plant retirements, California PUC may reject power line app

04/22/2015

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on April 20 issued a Proposed Decision that would deny without prejudice Southern California Edison’s (SCE) request to construct the Coolwater-Lugo Transmission Project (CLTP).

Residents near Duke ash dumps told not to drink well water

04/22/2015

North Carolina officials are advising dozens of residents near Duke Energy coal ash dumps not to drink or cook with water from their wells after tests showed contamination with toxic heavy metals.

CB&I cited & fined for 2013 nuclear part damage cover up

04/21/2015

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued a Severity Level II violation and proposed a civil penalty of $11,200 to Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I, NYSE: CBI) and a Severity Level III violation to a former company official.

NRC staff issues violation for uranium enrichment facility leak

04/21/2015

The staff of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued a notice of violation to the Honeywell (NYSE: HON) Metropolis Facility in Illinois for failure to declare an alert in response to a chemical leak.

White House releases energy plan to fight climate change

04/21/2015

The White House on Tuesday released a four-year energy plan designed to fight climate change, modernize power plants and find other ways to ensure the nation a steady supply of safe energy.

Utility defends plans to replace power from San Juan plant

04/21/2015

New Mexico's largest electric provider is defending its plan to replace part of an aging coal-fired power plant with a mix of more coal, natural gas, nuclear and solar power.

Job cuts hit shut down nuclear power project

04/21/2015

Several jobs are being cut at the Trawsfynydd nuclear power plant in Wales.

Veolia to treat water at Korea nuclear power plant

04/21/2015

Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. (KHNP) picked Veolia to treat the water used to supply eight nuclear reactors.

Judge upholds sale of coal-fired power plant stake

04/20/2015

A judge affirmed a Kentucky Public Service Commission ruling that approved a utility’s plan to buy half of a 1,560-MW coal-fired power plant in West Virginia.

Six coal units in PJM deactivated between April 1 and April 16

04/20/2015

Five coal-fired units in Ohio of FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) have been deactivated so far in April, up until the issuance of an April 16 version of PJM Interconnection's unit deactivation list.