Orsted, Equinor, EDF Renewables and two other companies submitted bids to build up to 800-megawatt offshore wind farms off the coast of New York in a request for proposals that closed Thursday. The winning bid will be unveiled this spring.
Utility Ameren Missouri is seeking approval from the Missouri Public Service Commission to spend $6.3 billion on various upgrades, including plans to spend $1 billion on wind in 2020. The proposal would update the utility's grid and increase reliability, it says.
Developing 2,000 miles of wind, solar and natural gas along the corridor between the US and Mexico instead of a border wall would create jobs and drive economic investments, according to a white paper sent to congressional lawmakers by 27 engineers and scientists last week.
The Energy Department in a Thursday briefing didn't say anything not already known about plutonium shipments to Nevada, says Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev. The briefing came weeks after state officials and lawmakers learned that the disputed plutonium shipments had already been transferred.
Brian Vance, the current head of the Hanford nuclear reservation's Office of River Protection, will become the first sole manager of the Hanford site in two decades. In addition to his current role, Vance will take over as acting field manager of the Richland Operations Office due to current manager Doug Shoop's retirement.
Two coal-powered plants owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority will close, including the Paradise 3 plant in Kentucky that President Donald Trump has touted. The TVA intends to continue shifting away from coal and toward nuclear and renewables, said CEO Bill Johnson.
The National Nuclear Security Administration is intensely focused on plutonium pit production at the Savannah River Site, given all the inputs needed for its success, such as environmental requirements and infrastructure, said Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs Charles Verdon. "We have a vision, we have a strategy, we're moving out on this as we speak," Verdon said.
Two Republican Illinois lawmakers, state Sen. Sue Rezin and state Rep. David Welter, have requested a meeting with Exelon's chief executive to discuss the company's planned in-state nuclear plant closures. "We have both been strong advocates for nuclear power and recognize that it's both clean and reliable, two very important attributes in our advancing world," the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Exelon CEO Chris Crane.
An independent panel should be formed to oversee the Diablo Canyon decommissioning process, one that's separate from plant owner Pacific Gas and Electric, says retired Nuclear Regulatory Commission judge Alex Karlin.