Monday, March 18, 2013
The Obama Administration is conferring with energy executives representing a broad range of technologies in preparation for a revised approach to meeting our country’s energy demand in an economically and environmentally sustainable way.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Elected officials in Georgia and Florida are starting to have buyer’s remorse as the cost of new nuclear reactors continues to climb and consumers are saddled with the additional costs.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
As the costs for new nuclear reactors in Georgia continue to rise, lawmakers are considering reigning in utility profits on the project.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Since 1971, nuclear waste has been leaking from unlined pits in Barnwell, SC, contaminating ground water as well as a nearby creek. One of the radioactive pollutants, tritium, exceeds safe drinking-water standards, and in some areas tritium levels are rising. Given this legacy of contamination, many South Carolinians question the appropriateness of a new effort to bring the nation’s spent nuclear fuel to the Aiken area.
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The safe operation of existing nuclear facilities in South Carolina requires diligent attention as our fleet and related infrastructure age. SCE&G recently discovered cracks in a steel dome sitting atop the reactor core at its V.C. Summer facility.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Despite cost overruns, overcapacity and the subsequent reduced appetite for energy efficiency and renewables, South Carolina has so far managed to avoid the worst pitfalls associated with advanced nuclear cost recovery. Florida, on the other hand, has not been as fortunate.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
In a surprising announcement, the Department of Energy has suspended all small nuclear reactor work at the Savannah River Site. As with the production tax credit for wind, the federal government’s ability to finance energy projects has been hampered recently.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Since 2004, SCE&G’s requested rate increases have driven up electricity prices by 58%, and further increases are scheduled through 2019. SCE&G customers currently pay ~40% more than Duke Energy customers, and the most recent request by SCE&G would raise rates an additional 6.61%.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
A draft report examining Europe’s aging nuclear fleet in the aftermath of Japan’s Fukushima disaster last year has raised serious concerns about the safety of the continent’s nuclear facilities. The commission responsible for the report contends that repairs and improvements necessary to reduce risks would cost in excess of $30 billion.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
A Nuclear Regulatory Commission risk analysis engineer raised concerns about flood risk at Duke Energy’s Oconee nuclear plant after the NRC kept large portions of a 2011 report from the public.