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GAO Report Details Challenges Ahead for Advanced Nuclear Reactors

The US General Accounting Office has published a significant report, which is both informative and readable, about the prospects for advanced reactors being developed for commercial customers in the US.  The outlook is not especially hopeful....

Posted August 19, 2015    

NRC Puts San Onofre Complaint to Rest

The federal regulatory agency tells Friends of the Earth to stop beating a dead horse. SONGS is closed forever.The U.S Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) dismissed a complaint against  Southern California Edison (SCE) brought by the anti-...

Posted August 14, 2015    

Department of Energy Sharpens the Budget Axe for South Carolina MOX Plant

Differences in consultant cost estimates to complete the nuclear fuel facility drive a high stakes controversy As part of a unique nonproliferation agreement with Russia, the US is building a mixed oxide fuel production plant in South Carolina to...

Posted July 20, 2015    

Entrepreneurial Startups Tackle Advanced Nuclear Reactor Designs

Almost three dozen firms representing $1.3 billion of investor money are pursuing technological innovations in the field of nuclear energy. A June 2015 report by the Third Way, a Washington, DC, think tank, details the mix of firms includes small...

Posted July 16, 2015    

Demand for Small Modular Reactors may be Impacted by Supreme Court Ruling on EPA Coal Plant Emissions

Utilities may not have to close coal plants after allOn June 29th the US Supreme Court threw out EPA’s coal emissions regulations that if implemented would have forced many utilities to close older coal-fired plants.The new emissions controls are...

Posted July 6, 2015    

Chinese Firms Combine Forces to Fuel Export Sales

Merger To Increase China’s Clout In Nuclear Power MarketChina Power Investment Corp. and the State Nuclear Power Technology Corp announced a merger this week. Nothing at this scale happens in China without the approval of the central government. The...

Posted June 3, 2015    

NRC Develops New Fees for SMRs

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said in a policy paper released in mid-May that it will develop a new fee schedule for small modular reactors. The new fees will be significantly less than those charged to full size 1000 MW or larger...

Posted June 1, 2015    

Arevas's reactor division goes on the auction block

Even if bidders close a deal, the troubled French state-owned nuclear firm could still be short in terms of capital requirementsFinancial wire services have been breathlessly reporting all week the expected bids for Areva’s reactor division. The...

Posted May 27, 2015    

Will Areva Survive a Cascade of Crises?

Phillippe Knoche, Areva’s CEO, at this point in his brief history at the head of the firm, could probably be forgiven for thinking that without too much trouble he could throw a rock in just about any direction and hear the clang of its impact on...

Posted May 13, 2015    

Argentina Shifts its Energy Focus to Nuclear

In the past few months Argentina has catapulted to the front end of global attention on new nuclear builds with deals for three new nuclear reactors, two from China and one from Russia.  Additionally, the country has its own nuclear R&D...

Posted May 12, 2015    

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Approves License for DTE ESBWR at FERMI III

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has cleared the way for the that agency’s Office of New Reactors to issue a license to DTE Energy to build and operate a GE-Hitachi 1530 Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR). While the...

Posted May 7, 2015    

Chinese Nuclear Firms Compete Abroad for Exports and for Market Share at Home

Two giant rival Chinese state-owned nuclear firms are pulling out the stops to achieve success with exports and increased market share of the restarted domestic reactor construction program. The so-called Hualong One, a 1000 MW PWR type reactor, is...

Posted May 5, 2015