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February 21, 2013
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News about the nuclear technologies industry

  News Roundup 
  • TVA, B&W forge small-reactor development deal
    The Tennessee Valley Authority and Babcock & Wilcox have forged a deal to jointly study small modular reactor development. TVA plans to construct at least one unit at its Clinch River Site in Tennessee. "With strong support from [the Department of Energy], we look forward to the successful development, demonstration, and analysis of SMR technology as a potential option to help TVA and the nation meet our clean-energy goals for the future," said Joe Hoagland, senior vice president for policy and oversight at TVA. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (2/20), Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tenn.) (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nuclear industry will recover despite challenges, experts say
    The U.S. nuclear industry is enduring and regaining momentum despite market conditions that favor cheaper natural gas, observers say. "The long-term fundamentals continue to support this technology," said Marvin Fertel, president and CEO of the Nuclear Energy Institute. The average capacity factor for nuclear reactors has been about 90% for the past 10 years, he said, and uranium supplies are abundant. Forbes (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • MHI seeks to hold SCE accountable for Calif. plant issues
    Southern California Edison should be responsible for steam-generator issues at its San Onofre nuclear plant in California, said a senior executive with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which supplied the equipment. "Whether it's a design amendment or not design amendment, it's not us to decide," said Kiyoshi Yamauchi, president of Mitsubishi Nuclear Energy Systems. Yamauchi's remarks came after claims that both MHI and SCE decided against steam-generator upgrades because they didn't want to start a prolonged regulatory review. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Source: Energy Dept. nominee could be announced this week
    President Barack Obama could announce his nominee for energy secretary as soon as this week, a source familiar with the matter said. Nuclear physicist Ernest Moniz, the director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Energy Initiative, will get the nomination, the source said. Reuters (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Management & Leadership 
  • How to lead like a chess master
    Former chess star Justin Moore is now CEO of cloud-services company Axcient -- and he says his time at the chessboard helped prepare him to be a better boss. Chess is deeply strategic and involves planning several moves ahead, just as CEOs need to plan for their company's future. "Chess is constantly teaching you to think about what comes next, and what comes after that, and what the repercussions could be," Moore says. Fast Company online (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Assess conflict before attacking it
    Savvy leaders know it's critical to assess a conflict before attempting to resolve it, Dan McCarthy writes. Conflicts of emotions, needs and values each have to be handled differently, so first determine the type of conflict and then select the proper response, McCarthy writes. Great Leadership (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed."
--Maria Montessori,
Italian physician and educator


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