The House of Representatives has agreed to include a provision proposed by Rep. Salud Carbajal, D-Calif., in the 2021 National Defenses Authorization Act that, if passed into law, could help bring offshore wind farms to California's Morro Bay. If approved, the bill would require the Defense Secretary to provide an update on offshore wind zone negotiations with the Central Coast's Offshore Wind Working Group and seek input from Congress before rejecting potential projects.
Gov. Ralph Northam unveiled the Clean Energy Virginia initiative on Tuesday, moving the state's goal to source all of its power from carbon-free sources by 2045 instead of 2050. "Virginia has a unique opportunity to fundamentally transform the state's electric grid in a way that powers our COVID-19 economic recovery and drives down harmful carbon pollution," says Northam.
GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Americas in North Carolina has received a patent for a "very simplified boiling water reactor" design for commercial power generation. Besides having fewer systems to reduce failure possibilities, the containment "may be completely underground and seismically insulated to minimize footprint and above-ground target area," according to the patent abstract.
Customer advocates are calling for protections from future costs should the decommissioning trust fund for Duke Energy's Crystal River nuclear plant run out of money. Duke Energy has asked regulators for permission to dismantle the facility by 2027 and the Florida Public Service Commission is expected to vote on the project on Aug. 18.
A 2017 shareholder class action lawsuit against SCANA concerning a failed $9 billion nuclear power plant project in South Carolina has been settled for $192.5 million, the largest shareholder settlement in the state's history. The settlement was approved by Federal Judge Margaret Seymour, and Dominion Energy -- which acquired SCANA in 2019 -- is to pay the settlement.
The Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management has awarded contracts worth up to $3 billion for deactivation, decommissioning and removal services aimed at cleaning up legacy sites across the US. The EM was created in 1989 to address more than 100 Cold War-era sites with thousands of facilities contaminated with large amounts of radioactive waste.
Colorado officials have set Aug. 5 as a deadline for public comment on the proposed decommissioning of the shuttered Cotter Uranium Mill, which processed yellowcake uranium until 2006. The proposed Colorado Legacy Land surety for the project puts the cost at $19.4 million to clean up the site, which is on the Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund list.
The China Nuclear Energy Association says that the country plans to construct six to eight nuclear reactors a year between 2020 and 2025. China's total installed nuclear capacity is expected to be at 52 gigawatts at the end 2020, and the new plants would bring the capacity to 70 GW by 2025.
Vietnam's Ministry of Industry and Trade is proposing to build 1,000 megawatts of nuclear power capacity by 2040 and 5,000 MW by 2045. The move was prompted by possible electricity shortages due to dwindling traditional energy sources.
Equinor says it has found natural gas and condensate in a Norwegian exploration well near the North Sea's Kvitebjorn field. The well, which was drilled to a depth of 4,359 meters, may contain proven reserves of between 19 million and 63 million barrels of oil equivalent, the Norway-based company says.