President Donald Trump will nominate Nuclear Energy Institute Director of Federal Programs Melissa Burnison to be the Energy Department's assistant secretary for congressional and intergovernmental affairs. In her current position with NEI, Burnison "plans, directs and executes legislative strategies for nuclear energy programs and policies on behalf of the nuclear energy industry," according to a White House statement.
The South Carolina House of Representatives voted to approve six bills that intend to cap the amount that utility customers will pay for South Carolina Electric & Gas and Santee Cooper's abandoned V.C. Summer nuclear reactor project. Meanwhile, House Speaker Jay Lucas has vowed that legislators will "gut existing laws" that permitted costs to be charged before project completion.
Russia has signed a memorandum of cooperation to help the Philippines develop policies for nuclear energy and conduct feasibility studies related to small modular reactors. Russia and the Philippines will also team for an audit and assessment of the Bataan nuclear plant, which was constructed in 1984 but has never entered operation.
Rosatom has announced the successful delivery of a reactor vessel for Leningrad Phase II Unit 2. The reactor vessel weights 340 metric tons and is built from carbon steel that can reliably stand up to extreme temperatures, according to Rosatom.
Dominion Energy Virginia has informed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about its plan to relicense its North Anna nuclear plant for a second time. If approved, the relicensing would extend the two reactors at the plant to operating periods of 80 years each.
Nuclear energy will have to provide 15% of the world's electricity by 2040 in order to reach the sustainability goals outlined by the United Nations, according to an International Energy Agency report. "We agree with the IEA that there would need to be increased support for low-carbon sources such as nuclear and innovative market designs if the aims of the Sustainable Development Scenario are to be met," said World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he is going to work to convince President Donald Trump of the value of the expansion projects at Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle and South Carolina Electric & Gas' V.C. Summer nuclear power plant. "I'm going to work with the governor and the President to try to convince him that if you do not try to build these three nuclear power plants, that's the end of the nuclear renaissance in America and that would be a loss for this country," Graham said.
The Trump administration said at the UN's COP23 event that it is dedicated to using nuclear energy and cleaner fossil fuels to reduce emissions while meeting energy requirements. "The United States will truly support an 'all of the above' approach and maintain a leadership role in innovation on all energy fronts," said White House adviser George David Banks.
Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power's six nuclear reactors in Gyeongju were unaffected by earthquakes that were experienced near the city of Pohang today, according to the utility. All of the nuclear reactors on the southeastern coast of the country are functioning properly, Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power said.
Finnish energy company Pohjolan Voima Oy could seek additional compensation regarding delays to Olkiluoto Unit 3, which has had its expected energy production start date postponed five months to May 2019. When finished, the reactor will provide about 10% of Finland's energy needs.