PJM official advocates carbon pricing | DTE Energy to keep nuclear energy as an option | Security guards to stop carrying handguns at TVA nuclear plants
April 27, 2017
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PJM official advocates carbon pricing
Grid operator PJM Interconnection would prefer that states work together to implement policies such as carbon pricing instead of independently developing incentives for struggling nuclear plants, according to Stu Bresler, PJM's senior vice president of operations and markets. Nevertheless, PJM is "looking at ways that we can implement market rules that would harmonize the states' public policy pursuits with how the wholesale market operates," Bresler said.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (4/27) 
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DTE Energy to keep nuclear energy as an option
DTE Energy wants to keep its nuclear energy options open as it moves away from coal plants to cleaner energy sources, according to Chairman, President and CEO Gerry Anderson. "We need to stay flexible with our portfolio" because energy trends make it tough to predict the future, he said.
Crain's Chicago Business (tiered subscription model) (4/26) 
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Security guards to stop carrying handguns at TVA nuclear plants
Security guards at Tennessee Valley Authority nuclear plants will soon stop carrying handguns as sidearms as part of a shift toward better weaponry and safety systems, according to the utility. "Today's security strategy for our nuclear plants provides our security officers with state-of-the-art weapons that are more effective than handguns," Nuclear Energy Institute spokesman John Keeley said of the change.
Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tenn.) (tiered subscription model) (4/26) 
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Policy Watch
Shimkus confident that Energy Dept. will back Yucca Mountain restart
The Energy Department is likely to support Congress as it attempts to revive the Yucca Mountain used nuclear fuel repository in Nevada, said Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill. "I think we have an administration that wants to comply with the law," Shimkus said regarding a recent meeting with Energy Secretary Rick Perry.
Bloomberg BNA (free content) (4/26) 
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FirstEnergy supports ZEC plan at Ohio House committee hearing
FirstEnergy CEO Charles Jones spoke in favor of legislation that would create zero emission credits during an Ohio House Public Utilities Committee hearing Tuesday. "Ohio cannot afford to continue heading down a path that could lead to less fuel-diverse and fewer homegrown energy resources, more energy imports, fewer jobs and less economic growth -- not to mention more volatile electricity prices for our customers and your constituents," Jones said.
The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (4/26) 
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Management & Leadership
Be a better listener if you want to understand
People often omit or gloss over key details when delivering a message, and it's also easy as a listener to hear only what you need to respond, writes David Grossman. He offers tactics for hearing "what's not being said," including paying attention to body language and emotional hints.
LeaderCommunicator Blog (4/24) 
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Great presentations start with self-awareness
Self-awareness is a critical requirement for delivering a compelling presentation, says Scott Schwertly, founder and CEO of Ethos3. He offers advice on content, visuals and vocal delivery, as well as mistakes he commonly sees.
Skip Prichard blog (4/23) 
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South African court rejects nation's nuclear energy plans
South Africa's Western Cape High Court ruled against the government's plans to expand its nuclear energy presence with the help of Russia and other nations. The court's ruling followed testimony from groups that said the government had not properly consulted the public about its nuclear energy plans.
The Decatur Daily (Ala.)/The Associated Press (4/26) 
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