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12/14/2018

EDF Renewables North America has contracted Infrastructure Energy Alternatives and its subsidiaries to provide construction services for the company's 1.35-gigawatt pipeline of projects underway in the US. The company expects to break ground on the wind farms through 2021.

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12/14/2018

South Carolina's Public Service Commission will rule on the merger of SCANA and Dominion Energy today, laying out the costs to South Carolina Electric & Gas' 720,000 customers over the failed V.C. Summer project.

12/14/2018

NASA's missions to outer space require a large amount of a particular plutonium isotope: Pu-238. The US, however, hasn't produced new Pu-238 in decades, threatening future exploration into deep space.

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12/14/2018

Contractor MOX Services wrote to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in November requesting that the regulator void its construction license. "There are no ongoing activities associated with NRC regulated design and construction," said President David Del Vecchio.

12/14/2018

Decommissioning the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant will cost $4.8 billion, says Pacific Gas & Electric, but the utility's decommissioning fund only has $3.2 billion. Rate increases may fund the $1.6 billion difference.

12/14/2018

Santee Cooper's legal fees related to V.C. Summer lawsuits and investigations totaled $9 million this year. This is $7 million above the budgeted amount, but a portion might be covered by insurance.

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12/14/2018

The US should either build its own fusion power plant or remain active in the ITER project, says a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report. "What's the point of having a fusion program if you don't have a goal to develop the first fusion power plant?" asks Steven Cowley, director of the Energy Department's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.

12/14/2018

The removal of rubble at the Hanford nuclear site's Plutonium Finishing Plant is behind schedule. Work started at the beginning of October and was expected to take six weeks, yet only about 25% of the job is complete.

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12/14/2018

Uranium demand will likely rise for the time being, while production will continue to fall, according to an International Atomic Energy Agency and OECD Nuclear Energy Agency report. "Significant investment and technical expertise will be required to bring these resources to the market," the report said.

12/14/2018

Machine learning neural networks often outperform traditional methods of forecasting oil well production, says Alexandre Ramos-Peon, a shale research senior analyst for Rystad Energy. The networks, which Rystad applies to 13,000 wells, get fast, accurate results by collecting and processing production data and using machine learning algorithms that take various combinations into account, Ramos-Peon says.

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