After South Africa's plans to build new nuclear reactors were disrupted by a court decision, South African Nuclear Energy said the procurement process could start again as early as next month. Officials have selected potential sites for the reactors, but the government must give approval for the procurement process to restart.
Exelon is preparing for the scheduled outage and biennial loading of fuel into Unit 1 of its Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania for what could be the last time as the company plans to shut down the plant in 2019 if it doesn't receive support from the state Legislature. "There needs to be some policy changes to address the market flaws and market challenges we're seeing," said David Fein, Exelon vice president for state government affairs.
If nuclear power plants close, the US would lose its largest zero-emission power source and reverse progress on eliminating emissions, Marc Spitzer and John Hanger write. States should push policies that support nuclear energy as a vital component of the country's energy mix and low-carbon future.
Contractors for FirstEnergy will replace concrete that has subsurface cracks on the outer wall at its Davis-Besse nuclear power plant in Ohio. The removal and replacement of the cracked concrete, first discovered in 2011, may take up to seven weeks, but the reactor will continue to operate in that time.
US Nuclear Energy Foundation Director Gary Duarte called on citizens to come together in a grass-roots effort to push the Yucca Mountain repository project forward. The repository would be safe and would benefit the economy, he said.
Westinghouse Electric Co. said it expects to have news soon on its plans to build a nuclear power plant in Turkey. The company signed an agreement in 2014 to construct a plant with four reactors using its AP1000 reactor design.
The British government is in ongoing talks with the European Union to discuss options for the country's transition from being under Euratom regulations for its nuclear energy industry to having a domestic regulatory regime. Britain's Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark said the country will develop standards that match Euratom's and go beyond what is recommended by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Global nuclear generating capacity is expected to continue growing, but installed capacity projections have been scaled back since 2015, according to the World Nuclear Association's report, The Nuclear Fuel Report: Global Scenarios for Demand and Supply Availability 2017-2035. The most optimistic scenario in the report has generating capacity expanding by 70% by 2035.
Infrastructure is a bedrock of the economy, and reliable, safe nuclear energy makes up an important part of that infrastructure, writes Nuclear Energy Institute President and CEO Maria Korsnick. "Nuclear energy is the linchpin of energy diversity and resiliency, and we must act with urgency to preserve it," she writes.
As the storms Harvey and Irma hit the US, nuclear power plants kept operating, proving the reliability of the energy source and providing power when residents needed it most, James Marra writes. NRG Energy's South Texas Project nuclear power plant near Houston operated at 100% power during and after Hurricane Harvey.