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  • January 27, 2023
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Is Electrorefining-Based Reprocessing the Answer?

Surely, by now you have heard about Oklo Incorporated, founded in 2014, the company that has the Aurora 1.5 MW micro-reactor design.  They may have a solution for disposal of the used nuclear fuel assemblies in storage across 30 of our states (~80,000 metric tons). They have submitted an LPP (Licensing Project Plan) to the […]

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  • January 26, 2023
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Will Diablo Canyon Still be Shuttered?

The plans to keep Diablo Canyon providing 9% of California’s electricity may be crumbling.  Under the existing rules, the operating licenses for the sister reactors will expire in 2024 and 2025. Once their license has expired, they will be shut down and ultimately shuttered. Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) had asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission […]

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  • January 24, 2023
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420 MW-hour Battery Energy Storge Added in California

Middle River Power, LLC (MRP), established in 2016, operates, manages, and develops more than 3.000 MW of natural gas, coal, geothermal and solar power generation facilities in California, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. Recently, they announced plans to add 420 MW-hour of Battery Energy Storge in California. North-Carolina based FlexGen Power Systems will provide the […]

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  • January 23, 2023
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Final Rule – Paves the way for NuScale’s VOYGR SMR in the U.S.

NuScale filed an application for certification of their SMR (small modular reactor) design in December of 2016.  The NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) accepted it for review in March 2017.  In August 2020, the NRC issued a final safety evaluation report (FSER), putting the design on track to receive full design certification. Last week, the NRC certified […]

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  • January 20, 2023
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Principal Assistant Secretary for Office of Nuclear Energy Named

Renowned nuclear engineer, Dr. Michael Goff has served three terms at the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) and is a longtime member of the American Nuclear Society. He has been named as the principal assistant secretary for the Office of Nuclear Energy and will be assisting the DOE assistant secretary for nuclear energy, Kathryn […]

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  • January 18, 2023
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Davis-Besse / GLCH – Plan to Move Forward with Hydrogen

Many power generators believe hydrogen is poised to play a major role in addressing climate change. They see the advantages of hydrogen to include fuel flexibility through the ability to blend hydrogen with natural gas, fuel security through integration with hydrogen storage, and the flexibility to follow loads from variable generation. Many of the major […]

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  • January 17, 2023
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Duke Energy Opens NEW Energy Education Center at Brunswick

You may recall the September 14, 2018, Category 4 Hurricane Florence that wreak havoc across North and South Carolina resulting in 42 fatalities and over $18 billion dollars of damage.  Duke Energy’s Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant was right in the middle of it all and Florence destroyed their Visitor’s Center. Today, construction workers are putting […]

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  • January 16, 2023
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System Vibration Results in Further Delay for Vogtle Unit 3

During the Vogtle Unit 3 start-up and pre-operational testing, vibration in a system used for depressurization was discovered.  Southern Nuclear Operating Company, the plants licensee, said this will result in further delay for Vogtle Unit 3’s commercial operation. Southern Company notified the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission concerning their announcement of further delay for the […]

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  • January 13, 2023
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You Can’t Always Get What You Want

You may recall that a bipartisan 2021 state law directed the North Carolina Utilities Commission to approve a plan for the state’s electric public utilities by December 31, 2022, to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 70% by 2030 as compared to 2005 levels, with ultimately achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. Duke Energy, the state’s dominant […]

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  • January 11, 2023
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Zero-Electricity AC – Necessity is the “Mother of Invention”

Approximately 2.8 billion people live in the hottest parts of the world, but only 8% have access to air conditioners (AC), and those that do will see an increase in energy use to keep cool.  It is estimated that 14 billion AC systems will be needed by 2050, putting a strain on existing power grids, […]

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