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1. Exelon utility acquisition highlights strategy shift

NEI SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

Exelon's acquisition of Pepco Holdings, approved in Maryland earlier this month, will be the company's biggest move under the leadership of CEO Christopher Crane, who took over in 2012. Crane's plan "is to diversify and grow the business by taking maximum advantage of our integrated business model," said spokesman Paul Adams. Following the $6.8 billion deal, Exelon expects that 60% of its future earnings will come from regulated utility operations. Crain's Chicago Business (tiered subscription model) (05/23)


2. Areva to be primary subcontractor on proposed interim storage facility

NEI SmartBrief | May 22, 2015

Areva has been selected by Waste Control Specialists as the primary subcontractor for design, construction and operation of a proposed used nuclear fuel interim storage facility in Texas. The contract also covers development, maintenance and services meant to assist with the transportation of used nuclear fuel to and from the location. WCS plans to apply for an installation license by April 2016. World Nuclear News (05/21)


3. NRC won't suspend ops at Diablo Canyon plant to measure earthquake resistance

NEI SmartBrief | May 22, 2015

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has denied a request to idle Pacific Gas and Electric's Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in order to investigate whether the facility's reactors could withstand a nearby earthquake. The NRC says there's no imminent safety threat requiring PG&E to suspend operations at the California plant for the test. The Miami Herald (tiered subscription model) (05/22)


4. NEI: Google and Facebook's nuclear-driven data centers

NEI SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

Greenpeace has an initiative to get large-scale data centers -- such as those owned by Google, Facebook and Apple -- to use more renewable energy to run them, but there's a problem with its strategy. Blank (05/26)


5. Opinion: Deep geological disposal is best option for nuclear waste

NEI SmartBrief | May 27, 2015

Since scientists determined 50 years ago that deep geologic disposal is the best possible option for storing used nuclear fuel, "no one has come up with anything better," writes UFA Ventures Chief Technical Officer James Conca. Concerns over a Bruce Power repository near Lake Huron ignore the basic science of the planned site, which would be located below the deepest point of the lake. The repository would use a tight formation of 450-million-year-old limestone and would not be affected by gas generation, climate change or other activities, writes Conca. Forbes (05/26)


6. Ill. lawmakers to miss Exelon deadline on energy bills

NEI SmartBrief | May 27, 2015

Illinois lawmakers won't vote on energy-related bills this week, which means they will miss the deadline Exelon set for deciding whether it would shut down some of its nuclear plants in the state. Some Exelon execs have signaled that they would delay such a decision should progress be made on the bills. Crain's Chicago Business (tiered subscription model) (05/27)


7. Video: Inside Japan's Sendai nuclear plant

NEI SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

The Sendai nuclear plant in Kyushu is set to be the first Japan-based plant to be restarted following Fukushima. A BBC video shows correspondent Rupert Wingfield-Hayes touring the facility. BBC (05/25)


8. Watts Bar 2 closer to licensing after NRC vote

NEI SmartBrief | May 28, 2015

NRC commissioners voted unanimously to empower the commission's staff to give final approval for startup of the Tennessee Valley Authority's Watts Bar Unit 2 reactor. Final installations, startup tests and inspections remain before the commission staff can give the go-ahead for the reactor to begin operation. "The commission's action was a critical regulatory step necessary to keep Watts Bar Unit 2 on track to become the nation's first new nuclear generation of the 21st century," said TVA Chief Nuclear Officer Joe Grimes. Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tenn.) (05/28)


9. Lands' End CEO: Above all, take care of your people

NEI SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

Lands' End CEO Federica Marchionni says she's determined to shepherd her employees, much as the company's founder did. Part of that job includes high expectations. "It's never enough. We can do better. So, I believe that there is no perfection, but there is excellence," Marchionni says. CBS News (05/07)


10. Indian Point reactor restart helps decrease NYC electricity prices

NEI SmartBrief | May 28, 2015

The return of Entergy's Indian Point Unit 3 to full service Wednesday allowed New York City spot wholesale electricity prices to reach a five-month low. The reactor had been shut down since May 9 due to a transformer fire. Bloomberg (05/27)




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