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June 15, 2012
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  • South Carolina to produce more energy from nuclear, official says
    South Carolina is working to increase its production of cleaner energy sources, including nuclear power and natural gas, said Dukes Scott, executive director of the state's Office of Regulatory Staff. Approximately 41% of the state's energy generation will be "non-emitting" by 2022, Scott said. He expects the number of reactors in the state to increase, with new projects from Duke Energy and South Carolina Electric & Gas. Anderson (S.C.) Independent-Mail (6/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NuStart Energy consortium dissolving with goal achieved
    A utility consortium focused on the licensing of new reactor projects in the U.S. will dissolve as of June 30. NuStart Energy Development, which was established in 2004, considers its main objective accomplished following the approval of Southern Co.'s Plant Vogtle expansion project in Georgia. The group's resources will be redistributed to its members. SNL Financial (free content) (6/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Safety questions could delay N.H. plant's relicensing
    Safety concerns detected by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission could slow the relicensing process for NextERA Energy's Seabrook nuclear plant in New Hampshire. An NRC report shows "open items ... [that] involve consideration of operating experience and development of pressure-temperature limits, alkali-silica reaction in safety-related structures and aging-management programs for certain safety-related components," the agency said. NextEra spokesman Alan Griffith called the renewal process "extremely rigorous" but said company officials "remain confident that we can prove to the NRC that we can address any issue they have." SeacoastOnline (Portsmouth, N.H.) (tiered subscription model) (6/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Workers finish "cocooning" of Wash. reactor
    Shutdown and "cocooning" have been completed at the N Reactor at the federal government's Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington state. The unit was the longest-running of the reservation's nine reactors that were developed for the country's atomic weapons program. "Now, the cocooned N Reactor stands as a symbol of what we can achieve with large-scale cleanup at Hanford," said David Huizenga, senior adviser of the Office of Environmental Management at the Department of Energy. Associated Press (6/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Management & Leadership 
  • Leadership lessons from Ebenezer Scrooge
    To learn the true meaning of Christmas, Ebenezer Scrooge had to examine his past, present and future -- and bosses can use the same method to improve their leadership, writes Dan McCarthy. Only by reflecting on where you've come from, where you are and where you're going can you develop a truly authentic leadership style, McCarthy argues. "[L]ook to your past to figure out what's important to you today. Think about your future legacy and begin leading with that purpose," he advises. Great Leadership (6/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Does your company still recognize employees of the month?
    Waiting a month to recognize employees won't do much to improve morale, Jennifer Vecchi writes. A better idea is to set up a social media platform where employees can be recognized for daily accomplishments. "Not only does this solve the timing issue, but it also encourages better behavior on a more regular basis," Vecchi writes. (6/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Featured Content 

  • Ohi nuclear plant clears key restart hurdle
    The restart of Kansai Electric Power's Ohi nuclear plant in Japan secured the approval of Ohi Mayor Shinobu Tokioka. The Japanese government has been pressing for the restart the reactors to help the local economy and add to the country's power supply. The approval moves the utility a step closer to resuming operations at the facility. USA TODAY/The Associated Press (6/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Japanese lower house approves bill to create new nuclear agency
    The Japanese parliament's lower house cleared legislation that would establish a new nuclear regulator as early as September. The bill calls for the creation of a nuclear regulatory agency and an independent nuclear regulatory commission that would replace the Cabinet's oversight commission and the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency. Japan's upper house is expected to green-light the legislation. Reuters (6/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hitachi expects steep rise in nuclear energy sales
    Hitachi foresees a sharp increase in its nuclear energy sales within the next 10 years due to post-Fukushima Daiichi development projects and expanding demand for nuclear power worldwide. "Nuclear power is effective energy for a reduction of [carbon dioxide emissions], and the company plans to promote it ... on continued demand worldwide," the company said. Google/Agence France-Presse (6/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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