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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

California utilities fear market manipulation from proposed changes to RPS confidentiality rules


California utilities fear market manipulation from proposed changes to RPS confidentiality rules

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El Paso Electric acquisition nears final approval as FERC dismisses concerns about JPMorgan link

 

El Paso Electric acquisition nears final approval as FERC dismisses concerns about JPMorgan link


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The Need to Report Carbon Emissions Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic | Energy Central

The Need to Report Carbon Emissions Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic | Energy Central

IAEA Steps Up To Help With Covid -19 Detection - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers

IAEA Steps Up To Help With Covid -19 Detection - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers: The latest nuclear news in Nuclear Power Industry about utilities, companies, suppliers in the nuclear energy market.

Virus Impacts Nuclear Industry Around The Globe - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers

Virus Impacts Nuclear Industry Around The Globe - News - Nuclear Power News - Nuclear Street - Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers: The latest nuclear news in Nuclear Power Industry about utilities, companies, suppliers in the nuclear energy market.

Nuclear regulators ease some power reactor regs in response to COVID-19 | Utility Dive

Nuclear regulators ease some power reactor regs in response to COVID-19 | Utility Dive: Utility industry news and analysis for energy professionals.

California proposes PG&E, SCE as central procurement agencies, but CCAs have doubts | Utility Dive

California proposes PG&E, SCE as central procurement agencies, but CCAs have doubts | Utility Dive: Utility industry news and analysis for energy professionals.

Will PG&E be forced to turn to PPAs to get a bankruptcy exit plan confirmed? | Utility Dive

Will PG&E be forced to turn to PPAs to get a bankruptcy exit plan confirmed? | Utility Dive: Utility industry news and analysis for energy professionals.

PG&E Fire Victims Agitate Against Deal to Exit Bankruptcy - WSJ

PG&E Fire Victims Agitate Against Deal to Exit Bankruptcy - WSJ: Some victims of the California wildfires are campaigning to vote down the utility’s exit plan over concerns it pays them half their settlement in shares, exposing them to higher risks than hedge funds, other creditors.

Pandemic adds to emergency exercise complexity : Regulation & Safety - World Nuclear News

Pandemic adds to emergency exercise complexity : Regulation & Safety - World Nuclear News: A planned emergency exercise coordinated by the International Atomic Energy Agency went ahead last week with the participation of 35 countries and two Regional Specialised Meteorological Centres of the World Meteorological Organization. The three-day exercise - from 24 to 26 March - was conducted while the responders in many Member States and in the IAEA's Incident and Emergency Centre worked remotely to support measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Russia drafts strategy for low-carbon development : Energy & Environment - World Nuclear News

Russia drafts strategy for low-carbon development : Energy & Environment - World Nuclear News: Russia's Ministry for Economic Development last week published a draft strategy for low-carbon development to 2050. The strategy's basic scenario would see nuclear output grow from 203 TWh in 2017 to 225 TWh in 2030 and 260 TWh in 2050.

Russia drafts strategy for low-carbon development : Energy & Environment - World Nuclear News

Russia drafts strategy for low-carbon development : Energy & Environment - World Nuclear News: Russia's Ministry for Economic Development last week published a draft strategy for low-carbon development to 2050. The strategy's basic scenario would see nuclear output grow from 203 TWh in 2017 to 225 TWh in 2030 and 260 TWh in 2050.

BN-600 licensed to operate until 2025 : Regulation & Safety - World Nuclear News

BN-600 licensed to operate until 2025 : Regulation & Safety - World Nuclear News: Russian nuclear regulator Rostekhnadzor has extended the operating licence for unit 3 of the Beloyarsk nuclear power plant in the Sverdlovsk district by a further five years. The licence for the BN-600 fast reactor, which began operating in 1981, was due to expire this year.

When the coronavirus enters the Control Room  | ARC Advisory

When the coronavirus enters the Control Room  | ARC Advisory: Central control rooms are used for operating critical infrastructure, and management is taking new and special precautions to insure continued operation in the face of the threat when the coronavirus enters the Control Room.

Sediments may control location, magnitude of megaquakes

Sediments may control location, magnitude of megaquakes: The world's most powerful earthquakes strike at subduction zones, areas where enormous amounts of stress build up as one tectonic plate dives beneath another. When suddenly released, this stress can cause devastating "megaquakes" like the 2011 Mw 9.0 Tohoku event, which killed nearly 16,000 people and crippled Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant. Now a study published in Geology suggests that sediments atop the downgoing slab can play a key role in determining the magnitude and location of these catastrophic events.

U.S. Coal-Fired Power Plants Stumbled Into 2020 | The Motley Fool

U.S. Coal-Fired Power Plants Stumbled Into 2020 | The Motley Fool: Electricity generation from coal fell 35% in January 2020 from the year-ago period.

Bruce Power commits 600,000 pieces of personal protective equipment to Province of Ontario for fight against COVID-19

Bruce Power commits 600,000 pieces of personal protective equipment to Province of Ontario for fight against COVID-19: Bruce Power announced this morning it will be providing 600,000 pieces of personal protective equipment to support the province’s fight against COVID-19, ensuring that front-line workers have the protection they need as the heroes supporting our families and communities. The company’s President and

The Quest for Next-Generation Nuclear Fuels

The Quest for Next-Generation Nuclear Fuels: In Part 1 of this series, published in the March 2020 issue, POWER explored how existing reactors may leverage advances in nuclear fuel to boost power generation safety and economics. This installment surveys

Energoatom takes action to minimise impact of COVID-19 at Ukraine's nuclear plants - Nuclear Engineering International

Energoatom takes action to minimise impact of COVID-19 at Ukraine's nuclear plants - Nuclear Engineering International: Ukrainian nuclear utility Energoatom announced new restrictive measures on 25 March after the Ukraine cabinet on 18 March placed all four nuclear power plant satellite cities under strict quarantine.The city councils of Energodar (Zaporozhye NPP),...

Four nuclear workers test positive for coronavirus as Rosatom steps up pandemic response - Bellona.org

Four nuclear workers test positive for coronavirus as Rosatom steps up pandemic response - Bellona.org: The staff of at least one nuclear power plant in Russia has been put into isolation due to concerns over the spread of Covid-19, as Rosatom, …

Coronavirus impacts dismantling of Germany's Philippsburg nuclear plant - Nuclear Engineering International

Coronavirus impacts dismantling of Germany's Philippsburg nuclear plant - Nuclear Engineering International: German energy company EnBW said the coronavirus outbreak has impacted plans to dismantle its Philippsburg nuclear power plant in Baden-Wurttemberg, southwest Germany.The controlled detonation of Phillipsburg's cooling towers will now take...

EPRI Training Courses Support Nuclear Plant Operations

EPRI Training Courses Support Nuclear Plant Operations: The Turkey Point nuclear generating facility in Florida in December 2019 became the first U.S. nuclear plant to receive authorization from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to extend its operating life from 60

Nuclear industry’s response to Covid-19 outbreak - Power Technology

Nuclear industry’s response to Covid-19 outbreak - Power Technology: During the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, nuclear reactors are also playing a crucial role in a number of countries in maintaining electricity supplies

Nuclear regulators ease some power reactor regs in response to COVID-19 | Utility Dive

Nuclear regulators ease some power reactor regs in response to COVID-19 | Utility Dive: Utility industry news and analysis for energy professionals.

A method and apparatus for flattening the global warming curve | Energy Central

A method and apparatus for flattening the global warming curve | Energy Central

EUROPE POWER-Spot prices down on more wind and nuclear power generation - Reuters

EUROPE POWER-Spot prices down on more wind and nuclear power generation - Reuters: European spot electricity prices for day-ahead delivery fell on Wednesday on higher nuclear supply in France and forecasts for increased wind power in Germany, while year-ahead contracts dropped, tracking declines in carbon, coal and gas futures.

Alabama Power’s Farley Nuclear Plant is always prepared for the unexpected - Alabama NewsCenter

Alabama Power’s Farley Nuclear Plant is always prepared for the unexpected - Alabama NewsCenter: The plant near Dothan focuses on generating safe and reliable power.

THE BIG PICTURE (Infographic): U.S. Nuclear Lifetimes

THE BIG PICTURE (Infographic): U.S. Nuclear Lifetimes: The U.S. has 96 licensed-to-operate nuclear power reactors and two reactors under construction. But the average age of the nation’s 96 licensed nuclear

Nuclear regulators ease some power reactor regs in response to COVID-19 | Utility Dive

Nuclear regulators ease some power reactor regs in response to COVID-19 | Utility Dive: Utility industry news and analysis for energy professionals.

Global nuclear industry responds to COVID-19 pandemic


Global nuclear industry responds to COVID-19 pandemic


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Home New Build Supply Chain Small Modular Reactors Operations & Maintenance Decommissioning Waste Management VTT aims for simple, safe, and cheap in its district heating SMR design


VTT aims for simple, safe, and cheap in its district heating SMR design


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California gnatcatcher presents unique challenge to SONGS decommissioning


California gnatcatcher presents unique challenge to SONGS decommissioning


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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Power Sector Resources for Coronavirus Pandemic Response

Power Sector Resources for Coronavirus Pandemic Response: As part of POWER magazine’s in-depth coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, its editors are curating a list of resources that may provide actionable

BWXT Subsidiary Awarded $128 Million in Contract Options from Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program

BWXT Subsidiary Awarded $128 Million in Contract Options from Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program

NRC to Consider COVID-19 Exemptions for Nuclear Plant Work-Hour Controls


NRC to Consider COVID-19 Exemptions for Nuclear Plant Work-Hour Controls

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Preparing to Assist in a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency Under all Circumstances | IAEA

Preparing to Assist in a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency Under all Circumstances | IAEA: You cannot be “too prepared” for a nuclear or radiological emergency. That is why emergency exercise scenarios should include challenging, high risk, low probability events.

Trump eases pollution rules for cars, setting CA showdown | The Sacramento Bee

Trump eases pollution rules for cars, setting CA showdown | The Sacramento Bee: The final rule decreases standards set forth by former President Barack Obama in 2012, but increases them from President Donald Trump’s initial proposal in 2018.

Here's the list of essential Massachusetts businesses allowed to stay open | Boston.com

Here's the list of essential Massachusetts businesses allowed to stay open | Boston.com

OPG Announces Completion Of First Darlington Rebuild :: The Independent Global Nuclear News Agency

OPG Announces Completion Of First Darlington Rebuild :: The Independent Global Nuclear News Agency: Ontario Power Generation has completed reconstruction work on the Darlington-2 nuclear power plant and the process to restart the unit can now begin, Ontario Power Generation said.



The restart process and reconnection to the grid are subject to regulatory approvals from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and “OPG’s ability to do so safely given the current Covid-19 crisis,” a statement said.



The company said it will delay the planned start of the refurbishment of Darlington-3, scheduled to begin in May, as part of its measures to ensure stable electricity supplies during the pandemic.

New problem at Fukushima site; sandbags found to be radioactive : The Asahi Shimbun

New problem at Fukushima site; sandbags found to be radioactive : The Asahi Shimbun: Sandbags placed as an emergency measure to lower radiation levels of contaminated water in the after

Sellafield donates respirators, suits and gloves to those in need | The Mail

Sellafield donates respirators, suits and gloves to those in need | The Mail: HEALTH and care workers are the frontline of the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

As nuclear waste piles up, scientists seek the best long-term storage solutions

As nuclear waste piles up, scientists seek the best long-term storage solutions: Researchers study and model corrosion in the materials proposed for locking away the hazardous waste

Oswego County Essential Industries React To COVID-19 – Oswego County Today

Oswego County Essential Industries React To COVID-19 – Oswego County Today: Exelon’s Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station, Huhtamaki and Novelis have adapted their procedures to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Nuke Workers Flock to U.S. Small Towns for Can't-Wait Refueling - BNN Bloomberg

Nuke Workers Flock to U.S. Small Towns for Can't-Wait Refueling - BNN Bloomberg: Refueling plants can’t be rescheduled, and social distancing is tough while overhauling a reactor

EIA issues report on the nuclear power plants in the United States - Daily Energy Insider

EIA issues report on the nuclear power plants in the United States - Daily Energy Insider: Nuclear power generates about 20 percent of electricity generation in the United States, according to a new report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. © Shutterstock Overall, 30 U.S. states with operating commercial nuclear power ... Read More »

Dangerous precedent in Newsom’s PG&E plan | California Focus – Oroville Mercury-Register

Dangerous precedent in Newsom’s PG&E plan | California Focus – Oroville Mercury-Register: The devil, goes the old saying about any complicated deal, is always in the details. In the ultra-complicated deal between Gov. Gavin Newsom and the bankrupt Pacific Gas & Electric Co., the pot…

PG&E Won’t Pay $4 Million Camp Fire Fine From $13.5B Wildfire Victims Fund – NBC Bay Area

PG&E Won’t Pay $4 Million Camp Fire Fine From $13.5B Wildfire Victims Fund – NBC Bay Area: PG&E announced in San Francisco Monday that it has given up a controversial plan to pay a $4 million criminal fine to Butte County out of a proposed $13.5...

PG&E Can't Be Sued for Fire-Prevention Power Blackouts: Bankruptcy Judge

PG&E Can't Be Sued for Fire-Prevention Power Blackouts: Bankruptcy Judge: Pacific Gas and Electric customers who lost power for days during a series of large-scale fire-prevention power blackouts cannot sue the company for $2.5 billion in damages, a federal bankruptcy judge ruled Monday.

PG&E Resolves $4 Million Butte County Fine Issue

PG&E Resolves $4 Million Butte County Fine Issue: PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (together, "PG&E") announced today that the satisfaction of the $4 million in fines and expenses associated with the plea agreement with the Butte County District Attorney will not reduce the amount of funds available to satisfy wildfire

Walters: PG&E makes 2 deals to survive, but ultimately customers pay – The Mercury News

Walters: PG&E makes 2 deals to survive, but ultimately customers pay – The Mercury News: PG&E is negotiating settlements, but no matter how they're structured, ratepayers will largely bear the burden.

TEPCO puts cost to remove melted nuclear fuel at over 1 trillion yen : The Asahi Shimbun

TEPCO puts cost to remove melted nuclear fuel at over 1 trillion yen : The Asahi Shimbun: Tokyo Electric Power Co. estimates that 1.37 trillion yen ($12.6 billion) will be needed over 12 yea

No adverse impacts from tritium spill at nuclear reactor, Bruce Power says

No adverse impacts from tritium spill at nuclear reactor, Bruce Power says: TORONTO — About 20 litres of heavy water containing radioactive tritium spilled in a weekend mishap at the nuclear plant near Kincardine, Ont., Bruce Power said on Monday.The spill on the floor of the idled Unit 6 at Bruce B occurred during replacement of the reactor's major components."Crews

No adverse impacts from tritium spill at nuclear reactor, Bruce Power says | National Business | chroniclejournal.com

No adverse impacts from tritium spill at nuclear reactor, Bruce Power says | National Business | chroniclejournal.com: TORONTO - About 20 litres of heavy water containing radioactive tritium spilled in a weekend mishap at the nuclear plant near Kincardine, Ont., Bruce Power said on Monday.

Iran Nuclear Sanctions: Waiver Renewal a Victory for Steve Mnuchin | National Review

Iran Nuclear Sanctions: Waiver Renewal a Victory for Steve Mnuchin | National Review

US set to extend Iran nuclear cooperation sanctions waivers

US set to extend Iran nuclear cooperation sanctions waivers: The Trump administration is poised to renew several waivers on U.S. sanctions against Iran that will allow Russian, European and Chinese companies to continue to work on Iran's civilian nuclear facilities without drawing American penalties.

How New York City will keep the lights on

How New York City will keep the lights on: A move to isolate employees is one that companies plan for as a precaution, but are reluctant to take unless absolutely necessary.

Global nuclear energy operations responding to COVID-19

Global nuclear energy operations responding to COVID-19: Building on an already strong safety culture, nuclear energy operations worldwide have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and calls for social distancing.

NRC to Consider COVID-19 Exemptions for Nuclear Plant Work-Hour Controls

NRC to Consider COVID-19 Exemptions for Nuclear Plant Work-Hour Controls: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on March 28 told industry that it is prepared to grant requests from individual nuclear generators for exemptions

Nuclear Power Plant Lifetime Extension: A creeping catastrophe - Bellona.org

Nuclear Power Plant Lifetime Extension: A creeping catastrophe - Bellona.org: Any discussion of nuclear disasters brings events like Chernobyl and Fukushima to mind. But the civilian nuclear industry could be facing a quieter nuclear failure. Simply put, the world’s nuclear reactors are getting dangerously old. Yet more and more often, countries operating nuclear reactors are deciding to run them for longer than they were designed …

FERC Conditionally OKs JP Morgan’s Purchase of El Paso Electric

FERC Conditionally OKs JP Morgan’s Purchase of El Paso Electric: FERC conditionally approved J.P. Morgan’s $4.3 billion purchase of El Paso Electric, directing the companies to file a mitigation plan.

Coronavirus could disrupt normal refueling practices for nuclear facilities as staffing concerns grow

 

Coronavirus could disrupt normal refueling practices for nuclear facilities as staffing concerns grow


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Global Atomic discusses plans for Niger uranium project : Uranium & Fuel - World Nuclear News

Global Atomic discusses plans for Niger uranium project : Uranium & Fuel - World Nuclear News: Canada-based Global Atomic Corporation said yesterday it is in discussions with Orano Mining to deliver uranium-bearing rock from its Dasa project in Niger to Orano's Somaïr facility for processing. The company has changed its plans for the mine which it now intends to develop as an underground-only operation, and expects to release a preliminary economic assessment for the project within the second quarter of this year.

Decree delays deadline for start-up of Flamanville EPR : New Nuclear - World Nuclear News

Decree delays deadline for start-up of Flamanville EPR : New Nuclear - World Nuclear News: The construction of the EPR unit at the Flamanville site in Normandy was authorised by the French government by a decree of 10 April 2007, which stated first fuel loading must be completed within thirteen years. With that date approaching, a new decree has extended the deadline by four years.

ČEZ applies to build two new units at Dukovany : New Nuclear - World Nuclear News

ČEZ applies to build two new units at Dukovany : New Nuclear - World Nuclear News: Czech utility ČEZ has applied to the State Office for Nuclear Safety to construct two new reactors at its Dukovany nuclear power plant. Four VVER-440 units are currently in operation at the site, in Vysočina Region.

California PUC Issues Final Decision Involving Pacific Gas and Electric | Energy Central

California PUC Issues Final Decision Involving Pacific Gas and Electric | Energy Central

672nd Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS) | Energy Central

672nd Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS) | Energy Central

AES Sells 51 Acres of Coastal Property in Redondo Beach | Energy Central

AES Sells 51 Acres of Coastal Property in Redondo Beach | Energy Central

Energy Regulators Dial Back Grid Reliability Standards Amid COVID-19 Concerns | Energy Central

Energy Regulators Dial Back Grid Reliability Standards Amid COVID-19 Concerns | Energy Central

Geologic Greenhouse Gas Sequestration Projects | The Energy Collective Daily


Geologic Greenhouse Gas Sequestration Projects | The Energy Collective Daily

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Commentary: PG&E makes two deals to survive | CalMatters

Commentary: PG&E makes two deals to survive | CalMatters: Two major actions should help PG&E's emergence from bankruptcy — a deal with Gov. Newsom and a guilty plea for the Camp Fire. But what then?

As nuclear waste piles up, scientists seek the best long-term storage solutions

As nuclear waste piles up, scientists seek the best long-term storage solutions: Researchers study and model corrosion in the materials proposed for locking away the hazardous waste

Utility Industry Workers—Providing Light During Covid-19 | Energy Central

Utility Industry Workers—Providing Light During Covid-19 | Energy Central

Energy Central Community Deep Dive: COVID19 and the Utility Industry—What Are You Doing? | Energy Central

Energy Central Community Deep Dive: COVID19 and the Utility Industry—What Are You Doing? | Energy Central

Tracking the impacts of coronavirus on the US power sector | Utility Dive

Tracking the impacts of coronavirus on the US power sector | Utility Dive: Utility industry news and analysis for energy professionals.

EPA gives power plants, regulated entities pollution compliance flexibility, citing COVID-19 concerns

 

EPA gives power plants, regulated entities pollution compliance flexibility, citing COVID-19 concerns


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Namibia Halts Mining Operations to Curb Spread of Covid-19 - BNN Bloomberg

Namibia Halts Mining Operations to Curb Spread of Covid-19 - BNN Bloomberg: Namibia halted mining and quarrying operations to curb the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak, according to Minister of Mines and Energy Tom Alweendo.

Tritium spill at Bruce Power being monitored | CTV News

Tritium spill at Bruce Power being monitored | CTV News: There has been a spill at the Bruce Power Nuclear Generating Station, according to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.

How far are we from a nuclear fusion future? - Future Tense - ABC Radio National

How far are we from a nuclear fusion future? - Future Tense - ABC Radio National: The hope of nuclear fusion is the dream of a fossil-fuel free future - of limitless baseload power. Enthusiasts say fusion offers all the benefits of nuclear energy without the dangers. In theory and in practice fusion energy is already a reality, but getting the economics right is proving much more difficult than imagined.

NRC board delays Seabrook concrete decision until July | Local News | newburyportnews.com

NRC board delays Seabrook concrete decision until July | Local News | newburyportnews.com: SEABROOK – For the second time, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board has pushed back the deadline until July 10 for its decision on whether to uphold

Scientists turn bricks into gamma-ray cameras

Scientists turn bricks into gamma-ray cameras

Rosatom takes measures to protect workers from COVID-19 : Covid-19 - World Nuclear News

Rosatom takes measures to protect workers from COVID-19 : Covid-19 - World Nuclear News: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rosatom has introduced additional measures to protect the health of workers at both its operating nuclear power plants and those it is constructing around the world. In a statement, Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachov said the Russian state nuclear corporation has developed additional contingency plans for various scenarios of the coronavirus pandemic.

Landmark lift completed at Vogtle project : New Nuclear - World Nuclear News

Landmark lift completed at Vogtle project : New Nuclear - World Nuclear News: The containment vessel top head for Georgia Power's Vogtle unit 4 has been lifted into place, marking the completion of all major lifts inside the containment vessels for Vogtle 3 and 4. The project to build two AP1000 reactors at the site near Waynesboro, Georgia is now about 84% complete.

Rössing operations suspended in Namibian lockdown : Covid-19 - World Nuclear News

Rössing operations suspended in Namibian lockdown : Covid-19 - World Nuclear News: CNNC Rössing Uranium has announced the suspension of normal mining operations at the Rössing uranium mine in Namibia from 28 March because of a partial lockdown of the Erongo region in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Elsewhere, uranium miners continue to address issues arising from the global pandemic.

AI Software Speeds Up Reactor Designs | Energy Central

AI Software Speeds Up Reactor Designs | Energy Central

Everyone's First Rodeo: Electric Utilities and COVID-19 | Energy Central

Everyone's First Rodeo: Electric Utilities and COVID-19 | Energy Central

The World Is Running Out of Oil. Here's How to Be Prepared | The Energy Collective Daily

The World Is Running Out of Oil. Here's How to Be Prepared | The Energy Collective Daily

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Kepco vows to clean up its act after Takahama nuclear bribery scandal | The Japan Times

Kepco vows to clean up its act after Takahama nuclear bribery scandal | The Japan Times: Kansai Electric Power Co. on Monday pledged to improve its corporate governance after the former deputy mayor of a town that hosts one of its nuclear plant

TEPCO sees net profit shrinking on cleaning prep | NHK WORLD-JAPAN News

TEPCO sees net profit shrinking on cleaning prep | NHK WORLD-JAPAN News: Tokyo Electric Power Company projects its net profit for the current business year will fall by two-thirds. TEPCO says that's due to the cost of preparations for removing fuel debris from a damaged reactor at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Tepco outlines treated water disposal options : Regulation & Safety - World Nuclear News

Tepco outlines treated water disposal options : Regulation & Safety - World Nuclear News: Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) has released a report on two potential methods for disposing of treated water currently being stored on the site of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The report considers the discharge of the water into the sea and via vapour release.

7,000 Gallons Of Wastewater Spill At San Onofre Nuclear Plant | San Clemente, CA Patch

7,000 Gallons Of Wastewater Spill At San Onofre Nuclear Plant | San Clemente, CA Patch: Wastewater Spill Reported At San Onofre - San Clemente, CA - Officials are investigating after about 7,000 gallons of wastewater spilled into the Pacific Ocean at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

VERA nuclear simulation software goes live | Renewable Energy | Energy Digital

VERA nuclear simulation software goes live | Renewable Energy | Energy Digital: The VERA software product, one which has been in development for almost a decade has been granted its first commercial application.
VERA (Virtual Environment for Reactor Analysis) is described as a ‘stunningly accurate’ package and could soon prove itself to become an industry standard.

Rosatom takes measures to protect workers from COVID-19 : Covid-19 - World Nuclear News

Rosatom takes measures to protect workers from COVID-19 : Covid-19 - World Nuclear News: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rosatom has introduced additional measures to protect the health of workers at both its operating nuclear power plants and those it is constructing around the world. In a statement, Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachov said the Russian state nuclear corporation has developed additional contingency plans for various scenarios of the coronavirus pandemic.

As nuclear waste piles up, scientists seek the best long-term storage solutions

As nuclear waste piles up, scientists seek the best long-term storage solutions: Researchers study and model corrosion in the materials proposed for locking away the hazardous waste

NYISO Workers Now Living at Grid Control Centers

NYISO Workers Now Living at Grid Control Centers: The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), one of the nation's nine regional transmission organizations (RTOs) that operate the power grid, now has

Nuke Workers Flock to U.S. Small Towns for Can’t-Wait Refueling | Financial Post

Nuke Workers Flock to U.S. Small Towns for Can’t-Wait Refueling | Financial Post

Former PAE Exec Tim Prange Named FSA Federal’s USCIS Division Lead – GovCon Wire

Former PAE Exec Tim Prange Named FSA Federal’s USCIS Division Lead – GovCon Wire: Tim Prange, formerly a PAE vice president, has joined FSA Federal as head of a company division that

Unit 4 Top Head for Containment Vessel in Place at Vogtle

Unit 4 Top Head for Containment Vessel in Place at Vogtle: The two-unit expansion of the Plant Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia reached another milestone March 27, with the placement of the Unit 4 containment

EIA issues report on the nuclear power plants in the United States - Daily Energy Insider

EIA issues report on the nuclear power plants in the United States - Daily Energy Insider: Nuclear power generates about 20 percent of electricity generation in the United States, according to a new report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. © Shutterstock Overall, 30 U.S. states with operating commercial nuclear power ... Read More »

7,000 Gallons of Wastewater Spill at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station - Times of San Diego

7,000 Gallons of Wastewater Spill at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station - Times of San Diego

Oswego County Essential Industries React To COVID-19

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Key components of second HTR-PM reactor connected : New Nuclear - World Nuclear News

Key components of second HTR-PM reactor connected : New Nuclear - World Nuclear News: The reactor pressure vessel, steam generator and hot gas duct of the second reactor at China's demonstration high-temperature gas-cooled reactor plant (HTR-PM) have been successfully paired and connected, China National Nuclear Corporation announced today.

Used fuel containers ordered for Spanish nuclear power plants - Nuclear Engineering International

Used fuel containers ordered for Spanish nuclear power plants - Nuclear Engineering International: Spain’s Council of Ministers on 23 March authorised the National Radioactive Waste Company (Enresa) to enter into two contracts to manufacture and supply containers for the dry storage of used fuel from the Almaraz, Trillo and Santa...

Coronavirus Is Starting to Hit Usually Safe Utility Earnings

Coronavirus Is Starting to Hit Usually Safe Utility Earnings: (Bloomberg) -- The outlook for Europe’s utilities and power generators is worsening as the coronavirus curbs energy demand and prices plunge.Utilities from Centrica Plc to EON SE are being hit on several fronts from lower consumption to customers not paying their bills, which may lead to earning downgrades

IAEA launches project to examine economics of SMRs : New Nuclear - World Nuclear News

IAEA launches project to examine economics of SMRs : New Nuclear - World Nuclear News: The International Atomic Energy Agency is launching a three-year Coordinated Research Project focused on the economics of small modular reactors (SMRs). The project will provide Member States with an economic appraisal framework for the development and deployment of such reactors.

Coronavirus Test: Nuclear Scientists Developing Faster €10 Test - Bloomberg

Coronavirus Test: Nuclear Scientists Developing Faster €10 Test - Bloomberg: Nuclear scientists in Austria are closing in on new coronavirus testing kits that could dramatically lower the cost and time it takes to diagnose people for the disease.

Commercial Nuclear Fusion Is Closer Than Ever | OilPrice.com

Commercial Nuclear Fusion Is Closer Than Ever | OilPrice.com: Nuclear fusion, labeled by many as the ‘holy grail of clean energy,’ is now closer than its ever been to becoming a commercial reality

How Will The Coronavirus Affect Energy Use In America?

How Will The Coronavirus Affect Energy Use In America?: Recessions lower energy use, and this one may be a whopper. U.S. energy use breaks down as Industrial (32%), Transportation (29%), Commercial (18%) and Residential (20%), the first three being heavily affected by this pandemic, losing up to 15 quadrillion BTU, ~$400 billion, in just 3 months.

Why the EU needs nuclear - Nuclear Engineering International

Why the EU needs nuclear - Nuclear Engineering International

Bernie Sanders is all wrong on nuclear power

Bernie Sanders is all wrong on nuclear power: It is difficult to take Bernie Sanders's vision for a carbon-free energy future seriously when he vehemently rejects the technology that does the most to achieve such a goal.

Construction of Additional Macstors Likely to be Delayed Again - Businesskorea

Construction of Additional Macstors Likely to be Delayed Again - Businesskorea: Experts who recently reviewed the Korean government's spent nuclear fuel management policy have reached an agreement that a permanent disposal of spent nuclear fuels as high-level radioactive wastes is necessary. However, they failed to reach a consensus on when the spent nuclear fuel storage fa

EDF to delay applying for UK nuclear plant building consent - Reuters

EDF to delay applying for UK nuclear plant building consent - Reuters: Utility EDF said on Thursday it will apply for development consent later than planned to build its Sizewell C nuclear plant in Britain due to the coronavirus crisis.

A successful assembly rehearsal for the world’s largest tokamak - Power Engineering International

A successful assembly rehearsal for the world’s largest tokamak - Power Engineering International: DYNAMIC SNC has taken a decisive step in the delivery of the ITER development contract by completing a successful ‘dry run’ of the project’s impressive upending tool.

NRC Renews Licence For Honeywell’s Illinois Uranium Conversion Plant :: The Independent Global Nuclear News Agency

NRC Renews Licence For Honeywell’s Illinois Uranium Conversion Plant :: The Independent Global Nuclear News Agency: The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has renewed the operating licence of Honeywell International’s uranium conversion plant in Metropolis, Illinois, for an additional 40 years until 24 March 2060.



Honeywell submitted its licence renewal application in February 2017. In its review, the NRC staff focused on Honeywell’s decommissioning funding, the environmental effects of the facility for the duration of the licence, facility changes and safety basis, and the controls to monitor material degradation and aging for the duration of a licence term.

West Valley Shifts to Mission-Critical Work Due to Pandemic - ExchangeMonitor | Page 1

West Valley Shifts to Mission-Critical Work Due to Pandemic - ExchangeMonitor | Page 1: ExchangeMonitor covers nuclear weapons, waste management, nuclear cleanup, international intelligence as well as carbon capture and storage.

TVA delays two spring reactor refueling outages by two weeks due to pandemic | S&P Global Platts

TVA delays two spring reactor refueling outages by two weeks due to pandemic | S&P Global Platts: Tennessee Valley Authority took the "precautionary step" of delaying planned outages at the Sequoyah 2 and Watts Bar 1 nuclear reactors this spring by two weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic, TVA sp

Diablo Canyon on-site workforce 'greatly reduced' | News | San Luis Obispo | New Times San Luis Obispo

Diablo Canyon on-site workforce 'greatly reduced' | News | San Luis Obispo | New Times San Luis Obispo: In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, PG&E has asked all but essential employees at Diablo Canyon Power Plant to work from home, as the...

Nuclear plant shut down after coolant pumps experience issue | Toledo Blade

Nuclear plant shut down after coolant pumps experience issue | Toledo Blade: OAK HARBOR, Ohio — Davis-Besse nuclear power plant resumed a startup Thursday after experiencing a problem Wednesday with two of its four reactor coolant ...

JET team discovers neon can improve plasma barrier : New Nuclear - World Nuclear News

JET team discovers neon can improve plasma barrier : New Nuclear - World Nuclear News: Scientists working on the Joint European Torus device have discovered that neon could be used to force extreme heat load away from a fusion reactor's exhaust system while maintaining high performance. Recent tests used neon to radiate and improve the edge of plasma known as a 'pedestal', which separates the very hot core from a cooler layer and away from material surfaces.

Canada's NWMO outlines repository plans : Waste & Recycling - World Nuclear News

Canada's NWMO outlines repository plans : Waste & Recycling - World Nuclear News: Canada's Nuclear Waste Management Organisation says it remains on track to select a single, preferred site by 2023 for a deep geological repository for used nuclear fuel. The organisation has released its latest Triennial Report, including for the first time a strategic plan beyond site selection.

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Canada's NWMO outlines repository plans : Waste & Recycling - World Nuclear News

Canada's NWMO outlines repository plans : Waste & Recycling - World Nuclear News: Canada's Nuclear Waste Management Organisation says it remains on track to select a single, preferred site by 2023 for a deep geological repository for used nuclear fuel. The organisation has released its latest Triennial Report, including for the first time a strategic plan beyond site selection.

OPG completes first Darlington rebuild : Corporate - World Nuclear News

OPG completes first Darlington rebuild : Corporate - World Nuclear News: Reconstruction of unit 2 at the Darlington nuclear power plant in Canada has been completed and the process to restart the reactor can now begin, Ontario Power Generation has announced. The company will delay the planned start of the refurbishment of Darlington 3, scheduled to begin in May, as part of its measures to ensure stable electricity supplies during the COVID-19 crisis.

Message: Nuclear power in the fight against COVID-19 : Perspectives - World Nuclear News

Message: Nuclear power in the fight against COVID-19 : Perspectives - World Nuclear News: Nuclear power has responded to the call to action in the public health crisis that each and every one of us is facing, writes World Nuclear Association Director General Agneta Rising."The global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is prompting dramatic actions from governments, placing great restrictions on people and on business in order to save potentially millions of lives.At this time more than ever we need to be able to rely on electricity supply. It goes without saying that the huge efforts of medical staff worldwide depend on the ventilators, the monitors and all the other vital equipment that it proving so vital to giving people the chance to recover from this disease."

Diablo Canyon on-site workforce 'greatly reduced' | News | San Luis Obispo | New Times San Luis Obispo

Diablo Canyon on-site workforce 'greatly reduced' | News | San Luis Obispo | New Times San Luis Obispo: In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, PG&E has asked all but essential employees at Diablo Canyon Power Plant to work from home, as the...

PG&E wants to pay criminal fine from Camp Fire victims' fund - New York Daily News

PG&E wants to pay criminal fine from Camp Fire victims' fund - New York Daily News: PG&E reportedly plans to pay $4 million in manslaughter fines linked to California’s deadly 2018 Camp Fire using money from its planned $13.5 billion victims’ compensation fund.

PG&E fire victims concerned that COVID-19 market turmoil could affect payouts | Utility Dive

PG&E fire victims concerned that COVID-19 market turmoil could affect payouts | Utility Dive: Utility industry news and analysis for energy professionals.

Green Budgeting: Ensuring Policy Cohesiveness towards India’s Climate Goals | The Energy Collective Daily

Green Budgeting: Ensuring Policy Cohesiveness towards India’s Climate Goals | The Energy Collective Daily

Link to The Energy Collective Network

Health officials confront new threat to speed of testing | TheHill

Health officials confront new threat to speed of testing | TheHill: Public health officials are warning that a massive ramp-up in the number of tests for the coronavirus coupled with disruptions to the global supply chain are creating new shortages of some of the chemicals needed to process those tests.

Coronavirus Testing And A Retracted Study : Shots - Health News : NPR

Coronavirus Testing And A Retracted Study : Shots - Health News : NPR: When pressed on why the U.S. didn't import coronavirus tests after the CDC's effort ran into trouble, government officials drew on a study that had been retracted.

How to Practice Social Distancing | The New Yorker

How to Practice Social Distancing | The New Yorker: Dr. Asaf Bitton discusses what to do when you go outside, the importance of walks, how to respond if someone you are sheltering with gets sick, and the unsung heroes at American medical facilities.

How Does the Coronavirus Behave Inside a Patient? | The New Yorker

How Does the Coronavirus Behave Inside a Patient? | The New Yorker: We’ve counted the viral spread across peoples; now we need to count it within people.

How #coronavirus conspiracy theories went viral, and the Israeli connection - World News - Haaretz.com

How #coronavirus conspiracy theories went viral, and the Israeli connection - World News - Haaretz.com: When asked if COVID-19 could have been a biological weapon, one Israeli expert told me, ‘Do you really think that someone would develop a virus to kill people 70 and older?’

Dr. Anthony Fauci, dedicated to public service, formed at Jesuit high school | National Catholic Reporter

Dr. Anthony Fauci, dedicated to public service, formed at Jesuit high school | National Catholic Reporter: He's America's tough-love grandpa at a moment when top political leaders are frequently more like irresponsible dads prone to happy talk nonsense. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute...

What I Learned When My Husband Got Sick With Coronavirus - The New York Times

What I Learned When My Husband Got Sick With Coronavirus - The New York Times: Our world became one of isolation, round-the-clock care, panic and uncertainty — even as society carried on around us with all too few changes.

I’m a Calamity Obsessive. After My Trip to Italy, I Was the Calamity. - The New York Times

I’m a Calamity Obsessive. After My Trip to Italy, I Was the Calamity. - The New York Times: I wasn’t planning to be on vacation in a pandemic. It changed the way I’ll think about risk forever.

America Is Now The COVID-19 Epicenter: The U.S. Just Had 17,224 Newly Confirmed Coronavirus Cases In A Single Day! – End Of The American Dream

America Is Now The COVID-19 Epicenter: The U.S. Just Had 17,224 Newly Confirmed Coronavirus Cases In A Single Day! – End Of The American Dream: As I write this article, headlines all over the globe are announcing the fact that the United States now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than anybody else

The Annunciation and the mystery of the Incarnation – Catholic World Report

The Annunciation and the mystery of the Incarnation – Catholic World Report

What might Edward Gibbon say today? – Catholic World Report

What might Edward Gibbon say today? – Catholic World Report

A Time to Read Nicolas Diat’s “A Time to Die” – Catholic World Report

A Time to Read Nicolas Diat’s “A Time to Die” – Catholic World Report

Analysis: The sacramental shutdown, coronavirus, and canon law – Catholic World Report

Analysis: The sacramental shutdown, coronavirus, and canon law – Catholic World Report

Spanish doctors are forced to choose who to let die - The Boston Globe

Spanish doctors are forced to choose who to let die - The Boston Globe: People are dying in waiting rooms before they can even be admitted as the coronavirus pandemic overpowers medical staff. With some funeral services halted in the Spanish capital and no space left in the morgues, corpses are being stored at the main ice rink.

Conservatives push Trump to end social distancing, citing a conspiracy of the left to impose its agenda - The Boston Globe

Conservatives push Trump to end social distancing, citing a conspiracy of the left to impose its agenda - The Boston Globe: A chorus of conservative thinkers, pundits, and politicians have been sowing arguments to support a potential walk-back of the policies that public health experts say will slow the spread of coronavirus and limit the number of severe cases inundating hospitals.

Could we really end the coronavirus crisis in two weeks if we stopped all interaction? Sorry, no. Here’s why - The Boston Globe

Could we really end the coronavirus crisis in two weeks if we stopped all interaction? Sorry, no. Here’s why - The Boston Globe: Epidemiologists are cautioning against wishful thinking that we could defeat COVID-19 in a matter of 14 days.

More than 160 Boston hospital workers test positive for coronavirus - The Boston Globe

More than 160 Boston hospital workers test positive for coronavirus - The Boston Globe: Officials believe much of the increase may be due to community spread, as opposed to contact with infected patients.

To Slow Virus, China Bars Entry by Almost All Foreigners - The New York Times

To Slow Virus, China Bars Entry by Almost All Foreigners - The New York Times: Beijing halted most international flights, making it hard for citizens to return. And it blocked even foreigners with Chinese residency or visas from entering.

Trump Administration Pulls Back From $1 Billion Coronavirus Ventilator Deal - The New York Times

Trump Administration Pulls Back From $1 Billion Coronavirus Ventilator Deal - The New York Times: A deal with General Motors and Ventec Life Systems to produce tens of thousands of the critical lifesaving devices seemed imminent. Then the announcement was pulled back.

Can This Pandemic Usher in a New Era? – Patrick J. Buchanan – Official Website

Can This Pandemic Usher in a New Era? – Patrick J. Buchanan – Official Website: Trump should go further, turn the tables, and seize this crisis to do what he was elected to do — impose a new foreign policy. To fight the coronavirus at home, France is removing all military forces from Iraq. When NATO scaled back its war games in Europe because of the pandemic, Russia reciprocated. Moscow…

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Are Mass Plane Travel and Mass Tourism Unsustainable? | Common Dreams Views

Are Mass Plane Travel and Mass Tourism Unsustainable? | Common Dreams Views: “Ah, for the days when flying was a gentleman’s pursuit! – before every Joe Sweatsock could wedge himself behind a lunch tray and ‘jet off’ to Raleigh-Durham.” —Robert (“Sideshow Bob”) Terwillinger, The Simpsons, “Sideshow Bob’s Last Gleaming." | By Mike Lofgren

Global coronavirus epidemic finds United States in self-isolation, not leading - The Washington Post

Global coronavirus epidemic finds United States in self-isolation, not leading - The Washington Post: As the coronavirus spreads, U.S. rivals such as China and Russia are stepping up to fill the void.

How Power and Gas Utilities Keep Energy Flowing in the Pandemic | 2020-03-25 | SupplyChainBrain

How Power and Gas Utilities Keep Energy Flowing in the Pandemic | 2020-03-25 | SupplyChainBrain: As millions of people across Europe and the U.S. stay home to avoid the coronavirus, thousands of workers in the energy industry must remain at their posts. Utilities from SSE to Electricite de France SA to Duke Energy Corp. are implementing emergency plans to manage power and gas grids even as other sectors of the economy are forced to close. Despite the spread of digital technology, much of the industry still requires operators to be physically present to manage electricity flows and repairs. “Our job . . .

Confronting India’s nuclear regulation challenge | ORF

Confronting India’s nuclear regulation challenge | ORF: The Modi government has been silent about a related issue: that of nuclear security-related legislation or institutional measures.

Seabrook nuclear power plant following pandemic protocol - News - fosters.com - Dover, NH

Seabrook nuclear power plant following pandemic protocol - News - fosters.com - Dover, NH: SEABROOK – Government watchdog agencies and nuclear power plants across the nation are dealing with ramifications of the coronavirus, while protecting the health and safety of employees and the public.According to the Energy Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy, the nation’s nuclear power plants supply about 20% of the country’s total electrical output.All power plants, including nuclear, are essential businesses that remain functioning even while one

US report identifies nuclear workforce trends | Energy Central

US report identifies nuclear workforce trends | Energy Central

PG&E to suspend service disconnections for non-payment for those facing COVID-19-related hardships - MarketWatch

PG&E to suspend service disconnections for non-payment for those facing COVID-19-related hardships - MarketWatch: PG&E Corp. said Wednesday it was providing support for customers facing hardships related to the COVID-19 pandemic, through a series of billing and...

PG&E Fire Victims Warn Market Turmoil Endangers Settlement

PG&E Fire Victims Warn Market Turmoil Endangers Settlement: (Bloomberg) -- Market turmoil from the coronavirus is spilling into the bankruptcy of California power giant PG&E Corp.Victims of wildfires blamed on PG&E’s equipment are concerned the sell-off on Wall Street could hobble stock payments that make up half of a $13.5 billion settlement over claims from

New CRP: Economic Appraisal of Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Projects: Methodologies and Applications (I12007)

New CRP: Economic Appraisal of Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Projects: Methodologies and Applications (I12007)

The IAEA is launching a 3-year, Coordinated Research Project (CRP) focusing on the economics of SMRs, including micro-reactors, by providing Member States with an economic appraisal framework for their development and deployment.

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new generation of mini-nuclear power reactors
Significant advances have been made on Small Modular Reactors, some of which will use pre-fabricated systems and components to reduce construction costs and shorten delivery schedules.
Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), with electrical power up to 300MW per module, have specific design, safety and siting features, as well as a wide range of applications. In response to increased interest, the IAEA is launching a 3-year, Coordinated Research Project (CRP) focusing on the economics of SMRs, including micro-reactors, by providing Member States with an economic appraisal framework for their development and deployment.
The new generation of nuclear power reactors is relatively small in size compared to large, gigawatt-scale, nuclear power plants. Micro-reactors are MW-scale, factory-built SMR that can be easily transported — by trucks, ships, airplanes or railcars — to provide reliable heat and power in remote areas and small power grids.
SMRs can be used to generate electricity, process heat and ancillary services in evolving power grids, relying increasingly on variable generation from renewables and a variety of energy storage systems. Their reduced size, upfront costs, and construction times would make them easier to deploy compared to large nuclear power plants.
Multiple SMR projects are currently under development (about 50 designs and concepts) and have varying technology readiness levels. Their costs and delivery times need to be adequately estimated, analyzed and optimized. Specific business models have to be developed to address markets’ needs and expectations. The market itself should be large enough to sustain demand for components and industrial support services. The economic impact of SMR development and deployment has to be quantified and communicated to gain societal support.

CRP Overall Objective

The CRP aims at providing Member States with a canvas and a framework for the economic appraisal of SMR development and deployment. The approach would account for: (1) differences in technology readiness levels; (2) specifics of the technologies being considered; and (3) potential end-users, revenue streams, and risk profiles, attached to each concept.

Specific Research Objectives

Participants in the CRP will be co-developing a systematic approach to the economic appraisal of SMR Projects encompassing the following areas of investigation:
- Market research;
- Analysis of the competitive landscape (SMR vs non-nuclear alternatives);
- Value proposition and strategic positioning;
- Project planning cost forecasting and analysis;
- Project structuring, risk allocation and financial valuation;
- Business planning and business case demonstration;
- Economic cost-benefit analysis.
The framework would be applied, in particular, to assess the economics of multiples (serial production of reactors in a factory setting), factory fabrication (conditions to be met for a factory to exist), and supply chain localization (opportunities and impacts).

How to join the CRP

Proposals must be received no later than 30 April 2020. Please submit your Proposal for Research Contract or Agreement by email to the IAEA’s Research Contracts Administration Section, using the appropriate template on the CRA website.

EDF to delay applying for UK nuclear plant building consent - Energy & Oil - Reuters

EDF to delay applying for UK nuclear plant building consent - Energy & Oil - Reuters: Utility EDF said on Thursday it will apply for development consent later than planned to build its Sizewell C nuclear plant in Britain due to the coronavirus crisis.

Why the EU needs nuclear - Nuclear Engineering International

Why the EU needs nuclear - Nuclear Engineering International

Bruce Power cuts staff amid COVID-19 but maintains output | The London Free Press

Bruce Power cuts staff amid COVID-19 but maintains output | The London Free Press: The Southwestern Ontario nuclear plant that supplies about one-third of Ontario's power has scaled back its active workforce by two-thirds in the coronavirus fallout and reduced work on a massive rebuild of the eight-reactor plant.

Nuclear plant shut down after coolant pumps experience issue | Toledo Blade

Nuclear plant shut down after coolant pumps experience issue | Toledo Blade: OAK HARBOR, Ohio — Davis-Besse nuclear power plant is resuming its startup Thursday after experiencing a problem Wednesday with two of its four reactor ...

US low-carbon power seeks way past pandemic : Nuclear Policies - World Nuclear News

US low-carbon power seeks way past pandemic : Nuclear Policies - World Nuclear News: The USA's clean energy sectors have outlined the government support they need to get through the COVID-19 pandemic. Associations representing the nuclear, hydro, solar and wind energy industries have all written to Federal leaders for help.

Nuclear plant in Germany taken offline, corona crisis impacts on deconstruction plans | Clean Energy Wire

Nuclear plant in Germany taken offline, corona crisis impacts on deconstruction plans | Clean Energy Wire

San Onofre nuclear plant continues waste transfers amid COVID-19 restrictions - The San Diego Union-Tribune

San Onofre nuclear plant continues waste transfers amid COVID-19 restrictions - The San Diego Union-Tribune: Southern California Edison temporarily curtails some dismantlement work

Seabrook nuclear power plant following pandemic protocol - News - seacoastonline.com - Portsmouth, NH

Seabrook nuclear power plant following pandemic protocol - News - seacoastonline.com - Portsmouth, NH: SEABROOK – Government watchdog agencies and nuclear power plants across the nation are dealing with ramifications of the coronavirus, while protecting the health and safety of employees and the public.According to the Energy Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy, the nation’s nuclear power plants supply about 20% of the country’s total electrical output.All power plants, including nuclear, are essential businesses that remain functioning even while one

Utility Dive Spotlight COVID-19 power sector impacts

 
Dive Spotlight

Topic: COVID-19 power sector impacts

COVID-19's unprecedented hit to the U.S. economy has state and federal lawmakers scrambling to provide relief and industry leaders formulating new strategies to stay afloat. For Utility Dive, that means shifting our coverage to provide the insights you need in this extraordinary time.

That's why today, two months since the first reported U.S. case, we are releasing a Spotlight newsletter that includes three new features tracking the pandemic's impacts on nuclear plant operations, distributed energy growth and state energy legislation. All our reporting and additional resources can also be found in our COVID-19 power sector impacts tracker.

How is this global crisis impacting you and your industry? What coverage would you like to see more of? Please let us know.

Thanks for reading and stay safe,

Catherine Morehouse
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Distributed storage could see growth in demand amid COVID-19 pandemic, analysts say

 
Despite short-term delays to projects, some industry players think demand for distributed storage could see an uptick following the COVID-19 pandemic.
 

 
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How COVID-19 is impacting 5 state energy legislation efforts

 
24 states have delayed legislative sessions and most others are shifting priorities toward the pandemic. That means state energy progress will likely take a hit this session, stakeholders say.
 

 
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Coronavirus could disrupt normal refueling practices for nuclear facilities as staffing concerns grow

 
Across the U.S., nuclear sites need to accommodate an influx of workers during the spring for cyclical refueling procedures, which will be difficult based on public health restrictions put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.
 

 

Utilities beginning to see the load impacts of COVID-19 as economic shutdown widens

 
Demand for electricity is falling and experts say that could mean higher rates in some territories.
 

 

'An immediate and dramatic business concern:' How COVID-19 is disrupting the energy sector

 
The industry could face declines in demand, distracted regulators and disrupted supply chains, according to experts.
 

 

Nearly $2T stimulus package omits direct renewable sector aid after Trump, McConnell opposition

 
Despite a lack of direct funding, power sector leaders see broad benefits stemming from the stimulus package, including small business and unemployment loans.
 

 

ComEd CEO: Exelon expects to have pandemic plan in place through the summer

 
The regulated utility subsidiaries are adjusting their plans to the specific characteristics of the coronavirus under the expectation that it could last a while.
 

 

'Defensive' utility stocks hit hard amid COVID-19 fears; Xcel, ConEd among those expected to recover quickly

 
It's been about a month since broad stock market indices began falling amid novel coronavirus concerns. The utility sector has followed suit, but experts say some have a better chance for a speedy recovery.
 

 

Unemployment poised to skyrocket, creating urgent need to spur renewables: Obama veteran of 2008 financial crisis

 
Power sector leaders are pushing Congress to address hits to the industry, as a former Obama transition team member says renewables and transmission buildouts could be the first jobs to start hiring.
 

 
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COVID-19 may sport the thinnest silver lining: a cleaner climate

 
There is evidence of declining carbon emissions and improved air quality as societies lock down. Experts say potential stimulus funding could present an opportunity to perpetuate these changes.
 

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Wind energy enjoyed bumper 2019, but the coronavirus poses a challenge

 
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