The failure of Proposition 127 in Arizona suggests nuclear will continue to have a place in the state. If Prop 127 had passed, it wouldn't have forced a closure of the Palo Verde plant, says Dylan Sullivan, senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Bernard McNamee, nominee for a seat on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Thursday that he will remain independent when it comes to deciding on nuclear bailouts. "I can honestly say I will an independent arbiter for issues that come before me," McNamee said.
The Pilgrim nuclear plant's operators violated protocols pertaining to a filtration system and improperly categorized the importance of work orders, reports the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. However, there has been no sign of "degrading performance at the facility," says NRC spokesperson Neil Sheehan.
The Bellefonte nuclear plant in Alabama could be completed if Nuclear Development can secure federal loans, but local residents remain skeptical. "It's irresponsible to continue to encourage the people of East Alabama that this plant is ever going to do anything that is going to help the economy there," says Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Executive Director Stephen Smith.
Small modular reactor growth and adoption could be advanced by 2025, but only with subsidies, the Energy Department reports. SMRs can provide a "carbon-free baseload generation resource which can be built on a smaller scale than traditional nuclear plants," says the report.
Potential legislation in South Carolina would look to address key issues at electric cooperatives, including insurance policies and board pay. "After what we dealt with with SCANA and now with what we're anticipating coming up with Santee Cooper, I don't have much trust for anyone in the utility business," says Republican state Rep. Gary Clary.
Engie Electrabel's Doel 1 reactor in Belgium will remain offline for an additional six weeks, until Jan. 31. The extension of the outage, which has been in effect since April, is due to necessary cooling system repairs.
Bidders can now make offers to purchase Santee Cooper, following a vote by a South Carolina legislative committee. How electricity rates are affected will be the key criteria when evaluating bids, the panel decided.
SCANA attorney George Wenick on Wednesday admitted deleting details from a report that said South Carolina Electric & Gas' V.C. Summer project had problems. Company executives had no part in the decision, Wenick said in testimony before the South Carolina Public Service Commission.
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