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February 11, 2013
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News about the nuclear technologies industry

  News Roundup 
  • Ga. reactor builders are learning from Chinese project, exec says
    Builders of two new reactors at Southern Co.'s Plant Vogtle in Georgia are gaining valuable insights from progress at the Sanmen 1 reactor project in China, a Southern Nuclear executive said. The changing of onsite fabrication of some parts from a horizontal to a vertical alignment is one example. "Lessons are learned during their construction phase, then it allows our design for Units 3 and 4 to already have incorporated those lessons before we get to the field," said Mark Rauckhorst, Southern Nuclear's construction vice president for the new Plant Vogtle units. The Augusta Chronicle (Ga.) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Exelon CEO says wind tax incentives are affecting nuclear business
    Exelon might have to shut down some nuclear plants eventually "if we continue to build an excessive amount of wind and subsidize wind," said Christopher Crane, the company's president and CEO. Tax incentives for wind power are affecting Exelon's nuclear business, Crane said, but the utility doesn't plan to shut down any of its reactors soon. "We continue to believe that our assets are some of the lowest-cost, most-dispatchable baseload assets," he said. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Murkowski's energy plan includes support for nuclear
    Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has been discussing her energy plan for the U.S. with Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore. Her plan includes support for nuclear energy, the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline and exports of liquefied natural gas. "You haven't seen many initiatives move through this committee, get through the floor and get signed by the president. I'm OK with moving some things forward that will help address some of our environmental issues and jobs and move us to a better place as a nation, and I think we can do that with energy," Murkowski said. The Washington Post (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wis. lawmaker floats bill to help nuclear energy's prospects
    A bill unveiled by Wisconsin state Rep. Andre Jacque would expand the state's renewable-energy mandate to include "advanced energy." Such a measure could prompt Dominion Resources to rethink its decision to shut down its Kewaunee nuclear plant in the state, he said. "A bill like this is more with the intent of increasing the value of the asset, the value of Kewaunee, to make it too valuable to close, where people would be either knocking on the door to purchase it or they would see the value themselves and continue to operate it," Jacque said. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (2/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRC is urged to require certain reactors to install more filters
    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission should require certain U.S. nuclear plants to install more engineered filters to containment vents to avoid hydrogen explosions, said Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass. "The reactor design at Fukushima is common in the United States, and other reactor designs are also susceptible to hydrogen buildup when core cooling fails," he said in a letter to NRC Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane. SNL Financial (free content) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Management & Leadership 
  • The Mark Zuckerberg charm school
    Mark Zuckerberg isn't the most naturally charming CEO on the block, but that's precisely why he's a valuable case study for executives hoping to increase their charisma, writes Michelle Randall. Rather than focusing on his personality, Zuckerberg gave meaning to Facebook itself, giving employees and consumers something to rally around. "This is the most powerful way to cultivate your own charisma, and to motivate your team," Randall writes. Fast Company online (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Creativity tips from "Community"
    NBC's frantically creative sitcom "Community" was the brainchild of Dan Harmon, but after his ouster by network executives, it fell to Moses Port and David Guarascio to keep the series on track. That meant finding ways to respect Harmon's vision while building a creative process that worked for the new leadership team. FastCoCreate (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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--George Bernard Shaw,
Irish playwright

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