Wash. plant back in operation | Auction prices don't change plans for plant retirements | US leads alliance to promote nuclear power
May 25, 2018
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Wash. plant back in operation
Energy Northwest brought its Columbia nuclear power plant in Washington state back online Thursday morning after an outage triggered by an issue with transformers. The operator won't know the cause of the problem until an analysis comes back.
The Seattle Times (tiered subscription model) (5/24) 
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Auction prices don't change plans for plant retirements
Exelon and FirstEnergy are not changing their plans to retire some of their nuclear power plants despite the high prices set by the PJM Interconnection auction. None of the plants won the capacity auctions.
Reuters (5/24) 
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US leads alliance to promote nuclear power
The US and eight other countries have launched an alliance Thursday to promote nuclear energy as a clean power source. The initiative will also push for more investment in new or improved technologies, such as integrated power systems and ways to blend nuclear and renewable systems.
Reuters (5/24) 
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NRC report reviews N.H. plant concrete degradation plans
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission released a summary detailing a visit to NextEra Energy's Seabrook nuclear power plant in New Hampshire. The visit was part of an ongoing review process for the plant's license extension application, which involves NextEra's plans for addressing concrete degradation at the plant.
Gloucester Daily Times (Mass.) (5/23) 
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Control rod falls into core, prompting reactor shutdown in Ariz.
Unit 2 of Arizona Public Service's Palo Verde nuclear power plant in Arizona automatically shut down Wednesday after a control rod dropped into the core. Despite the setback, the reactor will be ramped up to full power over the holiday weekend.
S&P Global Platts (5/24) 
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IAEA finds Iran is compliant with nuclear deal
The International Atomic Energy Agency said in a report that Iran is following the demands laid out in the 2015 nuclear deal, including limits on enriching and stockpiling uranium. However, the report said Iran is acting slowly on providing complementary access inspections.
Reuters (5/24) 
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NorthStar beefs up proposal for Vt. plant sale
NorthStar Group Services, which wants to buy Entergy's closed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in Vermont, has adjusted financial, administrative and regulatory measures in its proposal to address concerns the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has mentioned. The NRC has asked NorthStar for more information to make sure there are adequate funds for decommissioning the plant.
VTDigger (Vermont) (5/24) 
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UAE, China to cooperate on nuclear safety
The nuclear regulators for China and the United Arab Emirates signed an agreement to cooperate on nuclear safety regulations, information-sharing and training.
Trade Arabia (Bahrain) (5/24) 
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N. Korea shuts down nuclear test site, news agency reports
North Korean news agency KCNA reported that the country dismantled the Punggye-ri nuclear test site and the openings to tunnels where testing was performed are entirely closed off. The process did not result in any radioactive contamination, KCNA said.
Reuters (5/24) 
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