Post Tagged with: "Nuclear"

The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station (Credit: NRC)
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

FirstEnergy talks bankruptcy and need for bailout of its nuclear plants

AKRON — “FirstEnergy Corp. executives used two words a lot when discussing the company’s financial position and its plans to exit the nuclear power business when they spoke with analysts Wednesday, Feb. 22: ‘bankruptcy’ and ‘billions.’ The Akron-based company might be working to position itself for better treatment from state […]

The Perry nuclear power plant east of Cleveland is one of four reactors that FirstEnergy is preparing to sell or shut down because atomic energy, once "too cheap to meter," is often now more expensive that power generated by high-tech combined-cycle gas turbines. The FirstEnergy subsidiary which owns the power plants is today worth less than its combined long-term debt. (Credit: Plain Dealer file photo)
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

FirstEnergy Corp. to sell or close its nuclear plants

AKRON — “FirstEnergy made it clear Wednesday that it is leaving the competitive power plant business, closing or selling all of its plants, including its nuclear plants, by the middle of next year. The sale of the nuclear plants to another company would have little immediate impact on customer bills. […]

A view into Unit 4 at the Alvin W. Vogtle generating station in Georgia. The complex plans to use AP1000 reactors from Westinghouse. Credit via Georgia Powe
Energy

The murky future of nuclear power in the United States

WASHINGTON, DC — “This was supposed to be America’s nuclear century. The Three Mile Island meltdown was two generations ago. Since then, engineers had developed innovative designs to avoid the kinds of failures that devastated Fukushima in Japan. The United States government was earmarking billions of dollars for a new […]

Anti-nuclear activists mark Fermi 1 incident
Nuclear Energy

Anti-nuclear activists mark Fermi 1 incident

MONROE, MI — “Anti-nuclear activists marked the 50th anniversary of Fermi 1’s partial meltdown Wednesday with a peaceful rally at downtown Monroe’s Loranger Square Pavilion, during which they called for America to embrace more renewable energy and support efforts to safeguard the public from radiation exposure. Area residents stopped by […]

Decommissioning costs: A blind spot in the nuclear power debate
Energy

Decommissioning costs: A blind spot in the nuclear power debate

In nuclear policy, too little thought is given to the considerable costs of storing radioactive waste on site PHILADELPHIA, PA — “With over 10 GW of nuclear capacity at risk for premature retirement – defined as retirement before license expiration – many states are considering subsidy policies to keep these […]

Offices at Los Alamos National Laboratory sit atop a hill in the high desert outside Santa Fe, N.M.
Energy

The 20 percenters: Nuclear energy faces reality – and its likely decline

Once the promise of clean, near limitless energy, nuclear is now in its waning years LOS ALAMOS, NM – “On construction sites in Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee, workers are building what may become the final five major nuclear power plants built in the United States. Nuclear energy, once a […]

Fukushima disaster remembered
Energy

Fukushima disaster remembered

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 marks the third anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.  The Northeast Ohio group “Unplug Nuclear Power” is encouraging all community members to show opposition to nuclear power by reducing electric consumption for the full 24 hours of March 11. For more information, contact Joseph DeMare, Organizer, […]

In U.S., nuclear energy loses momentum amid economic head winds, safety issues
Energy

In U.S., nuclear energy loses momentum amid economic head winds, safety issues

WASHINGTON D.C. — “Two years after the tsunami that crippled Japan’s Fukushima power complex, the U.S. nuclear industry is facing fundamental and far-reaching challenges to its own future. Only five years ago, industry executives and leading politicians were talking about an American nuclear renaissance, hoping to add 20 or more […]

Evacs and drills pared near nuke plants
Energy

Evacs and drills pared near nuke plants

NEW YORK, NY — “Without fanfare, the nation’s nuclear power regulators have overhauled community emergency planning for the first time in more than three decades, requiring fewer exercises for major accidents and recommending that fewer people be evacuated right away. The revamp, the first since the program began after Three […]

Is nuclear power industry poised to repeat ‘managerial disaster’?
Energy

Is nuclear power industry poised to repeat ‘managerial disaster’?

TAMPA BAY, FL— “The failure of the U.S. nuclear power program ranks as the largest managerial disaster in business history, a disaster on a monumental scale. The rant of an antinuclear activist? Hardly. It was the first sentence of an in-depth story in a conservative business magazine, Forbes. In 1985. […]