Two nuclear power plants sit within 30 miles of each other in Southwest Michigan, providing reliable power and economic benefits. Entergy's Palisades nuclear power plant is scheduled to close in 2022, and American Electric Power's Cook nuclear power plant plans to keep its units in operation until 2034 and 2037, respectively.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is updating its process for reviewing petitions it receives from the public over nuclear power plant safety concerns. The changes will provide more frequent updates on the status of petitions, as well as more in-depth explanations for suspending or rejecting them.
Nevada has extended its contract with a legal firm to keep the proposed Yucca Mountain used nuclear fuel repository from being licensed and developed. While Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., is against the repository, his challenger in the GOP primaries, Danny Tarkanian, is in favor of the project, saying it will bring jobs and investment to Nevada.
Saudi Foreign Affairs Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said his country is in talks with 10 countries as it decides who will win contracts to build its nuclear power plants. Saudi Arabia also wants the US to agree to the country processing its own nuclear fuel, which would allow US companies to participate in developing the nuclear program.
Chugoku Electric Power is planning to apply for a safety screening and startup approval from the Nuclear Regulation Authority for Unit 3 at its Shimane nuclear power plant in Japan. The reactor was almost complete when the incident at Fukushima Daiichi occurred.
Frederic Laluyaux, CEO of Aera Technology, says some of his best decisions resulted from taking a chance on people. "Someone that doesn't have the necessary pedigree on paper, but has the grit, the talent, the energy, the intelligence, and you give those folks a chance to move up very fast and take more responsibility, you get rewarded so much with that," he says.
The amount of electricity generated from renewables in the US is almost as much as output from the nation's 99 nuclear power plants, according to a report from the Business Council on Sustainable Energy and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Nuclear power provides about 19% of the country's electricity, while renewables make up 18% of the country's energy mix.
Lake County, Ohio, and Perry Schools are hosting a "Save the Perry Nuclear Power Plant" rally to encourage community members and officials to support FirstEnergy's Perry nuclear power plant in Ohio, which is in danger of closing. The community and schools benefit financially from the plant.
West Feliciana Parish, La., is expected to gain an extra $6.6 million in the next year after the tax commission changed the tax distribution from Entergy's River Bend nuclear power plant, and the parish said it will use it to support schools and fix roads. "I consider it a significant win for our parish," parish president Kevin Couhig said.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is continuing work on an upgrade to its Browns Ferry nuclear power plant in Alabama that will add 465 megawatts to the plant's capacity, with an anticipated completion date in 2019. "When the upgrade is completed, an additional 280,000 homes will be powered with carbon-free electricity from Browns Ferry's nuclear reactors," said TVA Chief Nuclear Officer Mike Balduzzi.