National research labs won't face budget cuts next year, Energy Secretary Rick Perry said during a visit to the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colo. "I deal with the reality, which I think is a pretty nice budget to fund the National Renewable Energy Lab and other energy labs around the country from a management standpoint at the Department of Energy," Perry said.
Just over 40% of FirstEnergy employees at the Perry nuclear plant in Ohio will receive a bonus if they stay on until all four reactors are shut down. Bonus-eligible employees are not represented by a union, but it wasn't a "specific decision" to exclude union employees, says FirstEnergy executive Paul Harden.
The recently increased expected cost to finish Plant Vogtle in Georgia could allow Oglethorpe Power Corp. and Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia to opt out of the project. On the idea of Plant Vogtle being too big to fail, state Public Service Commissioner Tricia Pridemore notes, "I believe that the question is, has the project moved so close to completion that it doesn't make sense not to finish it?"
Franklin Haney's Nuclear Development LLC is looking to takeover the Bellefonte nuclear plant in Alabama from the Tennessee Valley Authority before the Nov. 14 deadline. Haney is also seeking the go-ahead from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to transfer the construction permit.
Despite recent worries about a cyberattack on the electric grid, the risks of a full takedown of the grid is nil, says FiveThirtyEight's Maggie Koerth-Baker. "Bringing down the grid is a lot harder than just flicking a switch, but the danger is real -- and it may never go away," she writes.
South Carolina Electric & Gas says the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff's sanctions request against it is "baseless" and invalid. "There is nothing inappropriate, let along [sic] sanctionable, about logging documents as privileged in accordance with the explicit directive in the (PSC) order," SCE&G's attorneys say.
The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization remains skeptical over whether North Korea is actively denuclearizing. "We are doing remote monitoring, constantly, but it's not enough," says Lassina Zerbo, the organization's executive secretary.
The Hanford site in Washington has treated 2.2 billion gallons of groundwater, meeting the goal almost two months earlier than planned. The site will continue to treat 2.2 billion gallons of groundwater annually.
The Paks nuclear plant in Hungary saw reduced output from Block 3 yesterday due to electrical issues. It's expected to return to capacity late next week.
Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Corp.'s president, Chung Jae-hoon, is visiting the Czech Republic today to push forward the company's bid to build the country's new nuclear plants. "The Czech Republic is the market that KHNP considers to be a bridgehead for the advancement to Eastern Europe," says Chung.
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