Energy Secretary Rick Perry's request to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to create a rule that values power sources with 90 days' worth of fuel on site should focus instead on supporting just nuclear power, Varun Sivaram and Madison Freeman write. Nuclear energy is a resilient, clean power source with national security interests for the US, and linking its support to that of the coal industry may doom its success, they write.
The Nuclear Energy Institute asked the US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit to uphold the zero-emissions credit program in Illinois. The ZEC program, which compensates nuclear power plants for providing low-carbon energy, doesn't interfere with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's power to regulate the wholesale market, and states are allowed to make policy to reach environmental goals, NEI said in an amicus brief.
While some say there are too many forces working against the US nuclear power industry for it to thrive, Rich Powell points out several indicators that point to the industry's future success. Nuclear power enjoys bipartisan support, advanced nuclear reactors are under development, and the industry is essential for national security, he writes.
China and Vietnam signed an agreement to cooperate on nuclear safety, including human resources development, safety inspection, emergency response and technology. This is the first agreement on nuclear energy safety signed between the two countries since December 2000.
Germany is responsible for 18.3% of the greenhouse gas emissions of the EU, European Free Trade Association and Turkey, more than any other member by far, according to a report by Energy for Humanity. Germany's energy transition policy has led to the shutdown of nuclear power plants, increasing its reliance on fossil fuels, the report said.
Calling a meeting just to share information is a waste of everybody's time, writes Jesse Lyn Stoner. The best reason for having one is to build and tap into your team's collective wisdom.
NuScale Power has signed a contract with Concurrent Technologies for manufacture prototyping of helical coil steam generators for NuScale's small modular reactor design. Concurrent Technologies will demonstrate its ability to manufacture the component under the first stage of the contract.
Energy risk consultancy Pittsburgh Technical is studying small modular reactors using a mock reactor at the University of Pittsburgh Applied Research Center. By testing the risks, researchers hope to influence the regulations for SMRs to help manage the time and cost to build them.
Entergy has filed an objection to the conditions of a special consultant Vermont's Public Utility Commission would hire for hearings about the sale of Entergy's Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant to NorthStar Group Services. Entergy says it should be allowed to look into the non-testifying consultant's findings and background to ensure transparency and accuracy of information.