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PE Volume 101 Issue 4

TVA chairman pushing proposal to end funding

Craven Crowell, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) chairman, is pushing a proposal to eliminate all federal funding for the TVA to help prepare the federal utility for deregulation and correct the misperception that its power operations are tax-supported.

All things are good in moderation …including radiationFor years U.S. nuclear utilities,

All things are good in moderation ...including radiationFor years U.S. nuclear utilities, radiographers, hospitals and others using radioactive materials have labored under a set of regulations which is based on the assumption that any and all radiation is harmful to living beings. While there is no doubt that high levels of radiation can be lethal, many scientists have argued that this "linear hypothesis" assumption is too conservative and that there is a threshold dose below which radiation do

Calpine plansmerchant plants

Calpine Corp. has announced plans to develop Northern California`s first nonutility merchant power plant. The proposed 480 MW facility, Sutter Power Plant, will be fueled by natural gas. Permitting and site studies are under way, and the company expects to begin construction in 1998. When the plant enters commercial operation in 1999, it will sell power directly to customers in the newly deregulated market.

AEP considersacquiring Wabash

American Electric Power (AEP) has expressed an interest in acquiring the assets of Wabash Valley Power Association. Wabash is a not-for-profit corporation that generates and transmits electricity to 24 rural electric membership corporations (REMC) in Indiana and Michigan.

GE ABWR seesNRC approval

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved a design certification rule for GE Nuclear Energy`s advanced boiling water reactor (ABWR), clearing the way for its future use for electric power generation in the United States. An ABWR is already generating power in Japan, and a second unit will enter service there next year.

Study profilesutility costs

U.S. consumers paid an average of 7.82 cents/kWh of electricity in 1995, according to a new study of 160 major electric utilities, recently released by the Utility Data Institute. Residential electricity consumers paid an average of 8.88 cents/kWh; commercial customers paid 7.88 cents/kWh; and industrial customers paid 4.72 cents/kWh, according to Measuring the Competition: Operating Cost Profiles for U.S. Investor-Owned Utilities 1995.

ABB to supplySCE nuclear fuel

Southern California Edison (SCE) has awarded a contract to an ABB unit to supply nuclear fuel fabrication and related services to San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Units 2 and 3 in San Diego County, Calif. The agreement, valued at more than $80 million, extends through the year 2005. ABB Combustion Engineering Nuclear Operations has been the sole fuel provider for both 1,127 MWe pressurized water reactors (PWR), which were originally supplied by Combustion Engineering. Units 2 and 3 began co

Edwin L. Russell has been elected to Tennant Co.?s board of directors. Russell is...

Edwin L. Russell has been elected to Tennant Co.?s board of directors. Russell is chairman, president and CEO of Minnesota Power.

Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. has elected several executives to new positions, including John M.

Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. has elected several executives to new positions, including John M. Kehoe Jr. as CEO. Elected as board members were Paul M. Meister and Edward J. Noha, replacing former directors William M. Daley, who resigned upon confirmation as the Secretary of Commerce of the United States, and Paul M. Montrone, who resigned upon his election as a director of WMX Technologies.

Coby C. Hesse has been elected Coastal Corp.?s executive vice president, administration.

Coby C. Hesse has been elected Coastal Corp.?s executive vice president, administration.

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