Pilgrim’s shutdown ends nuclear power era in Massachusetts

U.S. 05/31/19, 04:42

It will take about five hours for the Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth to permanently shut down on Friday after 47 years of generating electricity.Entergy announced in 2015 it would retire Massachusetts' only remaining reactor, citing competition from less expensive energy sources.Technicians will first reduce Pilgrim's power output from ...

International Energy Agency: nuclear needed for climate goal

Europe 05/28/19, 09:51

The International Energy Agency says the premature closure of nuclear power plants and failure to build new ones could make it harder to meet global targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.The Paris-based agency said Tuesday that "lack of further lifetime extensions of existing nuclear plants and new projects could result ...

Three Mile Island nuclear plant to proceed with closure

U.S. 05/08/19, 09:28

Three Mile Island, site of the United States' worst commercial nuclear power accident, now appears certain it will not get a financial rescue from Pennsylvania and will begin a planned shutdown starting June 1, its owner said Wednesday.Exelon Corp.'s statement comes two years after the Chicago-based energy giant said it ...

Debate over nuclear power hits home in rural Pennsylvania

U.S. 03/16/19, 08:32

They are talking about nuclear power across rural Pennsylvania.This spring, the question of whether to rescue Pennsylvania's nuclear power plants could dominate debate in the state Capitol, and that's of keen financial interest to hundreds of thousands of rural electric cooperative members who rely heavily on nuclear power.Cooperatives in the ...

Rescuing nuclear power plants could come with conditions

U.S. 03/03/19, 09:23

With nuclear power plant owners seeking a rescue in Pennsylvania, a number of state lawmakers are signaling that they are willing to help, with conditions.Giving nuclear power plants what opponents call a bailout could mean a politically risky vote to hike electric bills.One key motivator for lawmakers could be attaching ...

House Dems probe White House handling of Saudi nuclear plan

Politics 02/19/19, 11:06

A new congressional report says senior White House officials pushed a project to share nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia despite the objections of ethics and national security officials. The Democrat-led House oversight committee launched an investigation Tuesday into the claims. The committee says whistleblowers within the Trump administration raised concerns about ...

Idaho test reactor is pivotal in US nuclear power strategy

Business 12/15/18, 10:53

A nuclear test reactor that can melt uranium fuel rods in seconds is running again after a near quarter-century shutdown as U.S. officials try to revamp a fading nuclear power industry with safer fuel designs and a new generation of power plants.This Nov. 29, 2018 photo, shows the transient test ...

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