Utilities and power plant operators are constantly working to maintain or upgrade the plants they run. In the case of a scheduled outage, operators plan ahead of time to make sure they have the parts and services lined up so they can keep their plants running.
Most operating nuclear power plants were designed for an operating life of 30 or 40 years after which the units would be permanently decommissioned.
Within the next four years, Entergy has announced that it plans to close two more of its nuclear power plants.
By the time 2015 started, the U.S. nuclear industry was unstable.
“If engineers do not talk the language of business, they do not deserve to be heard. If top management doesn’t talk the language of risk and criticality - and understand why maintenance can be an investment - they do not deserve to be leaders.” - David McKeown, CEO of the Institute of Asset Management
So far, so good - despite the fact that there are 99 nuclear power plants in operation across 31 states in the U.S., there have been no injuries or fatalities from radiation exposure in the country.
When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its Clean Power Plan, or CPP, in August 2015, several substantial changes from the proposed rule were immediately evident.
President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, electricity prices, and a lack of financial incentives are just some of the issues that many feel are working against the U.S. nuclear industry.
The recent issuance of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) operating license for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)’s Watts Bar 2 nuclear project in Tennessee provided the industry with an infusion of badly-needed good news.
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