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Nuclear Power International’s Top Stories of 2014

01 / 10

<a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/2014/02/exelon-says-it-will-close-nuclear-plants-to-save-money.html">Exelon says it will close nuclear plants to save money</a>

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237);" class="frame"> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Exelon said in February that due to low market prices, it could potentially shut down nuclear power plants in order to save its bottom line. Exelon currently owns 10 nuclear power plants with six located in Illinois. Clinton and Quad Cities are projected to be the next plants to shut down due to low market prices for power caused by low natural gas prices.</p> </div>

02 / 10

<a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/2014/04/time-lapse-video-shows-construction-at-plant-vogtle.html">VIDEO: Time lapse shows progress at Plant Vogtle</a>

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237);" class="frame"> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">In a matter of minutes, Plant Vogtle 3's 717-ton Condenser B Lower Shell is placed inside the unit's turbine island in April. Georgia Power shared the video from the site where two Westinghouse AP1000 reactors are being built. Units 3 and 4 are expected to begin operations by 2018.</p> </div>

03 / 10

<a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/npi/print/volume-7/issue-5/nucleus/nuclear-power-is-booming-in-asia.html">Nuclear Power is Booming in Asia</a>

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237);" class="frame"> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">China, Japan, South Korea and India are some of the major players in Asia's nuclear industry in this article from the September/October issue of <i>Nuclear Power International</i> magazine. While Japan is working to restart its 48 reactors shut down after the 2011 Fukushima disaster, China and India are in the midst of a nuclear boom. South Korea also has 23 nuclear plants in operation, while Pakistan, Taiwan and others either operate or are in the process of developing more nuclear</p> </div>

04 / 10

<a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/2014/01/ge-hitachi-to-pay-2-7mn-settlement-over-nuclear-reactor-design-false-claims.html">GE Hitachi to pay $2.7mn settlement over nuclear reactor design false claims</a>

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237);" class="frame"> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">GE Hitachi in January had to pay $2.7 million to resolve allegations it provided false statements to the DOE and NRC about its ESBWR design. The NRC requires that applicants for reactor design certification demonstrate that vibrations caused by the steam dryer will not damage the plant, but the agencies allege that GE Hitachi knowingly concealed flaws in its analysis and falsely represented that it properly analyzed and verified the accuracy of its modeling using reliable data.</p> </div>

05 / 10

<a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/npi/print/volume-7/issue-3/nucleus/lessons-learned-from-kewaunee-s-closing.html">Lessons Learned From Kewaunee’s Closing</a>

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237);" class="frame"> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Dominion shut down the Kewaunee nuclear power plant in Wisconsin on May 7, 2013, after 39 years of operation. Despite a stellar operating track record, low market values due to natural gas prices led to the plant's demise. This article in the May/June issue of Nuclear Power International delves into how the plant's closing affects the town and the workers, and how market conditions could affect the operations of other nuclear plants.</p> </div>

06 / 10

<a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/2012/12/japan-set-for-nuclear-showdown.html">Japan Set For Nuclear Showdown</a>

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237);" class="frame"> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">This article was first published in 2012, but it gives us a look back at the state of the nuclear industry in the year after the Fukushima accident. Since then, the Sendai nuclear power plant <a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/2014/10/sendai-nuclear-plant-s-host-town-approves-restart.html">was approved by its host town</a> in October to restart, and the Takahama nuclear plant <a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/2014/12/two-more-nuclear-reactors-ok-to-restart-in-japan.html">was OK'd to restart</a> in December.</p> </div>

07 / 10

<a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/2014/04/three-u-s-states-want-to-expand-the-use-of-nuclear-power.html">Three U.S. states want to expand the use of nuclear power</a>

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237);" class="frame"> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">In April, Virgina, Washington and New Mexico passed bills to expand the use of nuclear energy in their respective states. Virginia will allow the state's utilities to add 70 percent of nuclear and offshore wind pre-construction costs over the past six years to their expenses for 2013 and 2014, which would allow Dominion to charge R&D costs for a potential third reactor at North Anna. Washington included funds for a Senate-House joint task force to study the benefits of replacing fossil-fueled electricity with nuclear, and New Mexico passed a resolution to assess the feasibility of small modular reactors in the state.</p> </div>

08 / 10

<a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/2014/09/susquehanna-nuclear-unit-2-reconnects-to-grid-after-inspections.html">Susquehanna nuclear Unit 2 reconnects to grid after inspections</a>

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237);" class="frame"> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Workers with PPL shut down the Susquehanna nuclear unit 2 to inspect the turbine blades after data showed the blades may have developed small cracks. While the unit was down, workers replaced one row of blades, of which a small number were found to have indications of cracking. The plant was restarted in September. Workers are preparing to install newly designed blades in Unit 2 during a planned outage in 2015. Unit 1's turbine blades were replaced earlier in 2014 for the same issue.</p> </div>

09 / 10

<a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/npi/print/volume-7/issue-1/nucleus/a-global-look-at-smr-power.html">A Global Look at SMR Power</a>

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237);" class="frame"> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">The IAEA classifies a small modular reactor as a unit that generates up to 300 MW of electricity. Russia, India, Pakistan, and China currently operate SMRs, many since the 1970s. The Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission has operated the 125-MW Karachi 1 unit since 1972. Read about global SMR power in the January/February issue of <i>Nuclear Power International</i> magazine.</p> </div>

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<a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/2014/04/video-floating-nuclear-power-plants-could-withstand-natural-disasters.html">VIDEO: Floating nuclear power plants could withstand natural disasters</a>

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237);" class="frame"> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">The IAEA classifies a small modular reactor as a unit that generates up to 300 MW of electricity. Russia, India, Pakistan, and China currently operate SMRs, many since the 1970s. The Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission has operated the 125-MW Karachi 1 unit since 1972. Read about global SMR power in the January/February issue of <i>Nuclear Power International</i> magazine.</p> </div>