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March 15, 2013
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  News Roundup 
  • Exelon seeks more uprates for U.S. nuclear fleet
    Uprates to Exelon's nuclear plants could add more than 1,100 megawatts of nuclear generation by 2021, the company said. Exelon's bid to add about 260 megawatts of capacity to its Peach Bottom nuclear plant in Pennsylvania secured the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's approval this week. The plant's two reactors have a current output of 1,122 MW. Reuters (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Jaczko stresses role of independence for nuclear regulators
    A nuclear regulatory body needs to maintain its independence from the industry, particularly in licensing decisions, said Gregory Jaczko, former chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. "If the industry is unhappy with the regulatory body, it is probably a good thing," Jaczko said. Regulators also need to have technical know-how so they don't have to depend on others for information, he added. The Asahi Shimbun (Japan) (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New reactor projects to encounter cost overruns, study claims
    Reactor expansion projects in Georgia and South Carolina will continue to encounter further cost overruns and other issues, according to a report by an analyst with the Vermont Law School Institute for Energy and the Environment. "While the economic case against nuclear reactor construction was strong in 2008 when these engineering, procurement and construction contracts were signed and the construction approved, a dramatic change in material conditions was evident by 2009-2010 and the reactors should have been cancelled," the study found. The Augusta Chronicle (Ga.) (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sustainability in the nuclear industry C-suite
    Ezra Garrett of Pacific Gas & Electric and Shawn Heath from Duke Energy are rare in the corporate world: chief sustainability officers who are not the first to hold the title. The challenge is to continue their predecessors' successes while setting new goals. "What differentiates my challenge in the CSO role today is that with the foundation established, we must now focus on further broadening PG&E's sustainability definition, deepening the integration of sustainability into the business," Garrett says. (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Management & Leadership 
  • Southern Co. CEO: Innovation involves saying "no"
    Utility Southern Co. values innovation, and that means being selective about which ideas to pursue, Chairman and CEO Tom Fanning says. "Our efforts have simple goals: to preserve fuel flexibility and increase the value of energy to our customers," he says. "I would argue that your greatest indicator of success is how many ideas you kill. It proves that you're developing ideas and pushing the envelope," he adds. Strategy+Business online (free registration) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Japanese authorities drop anti-nuclear members from energy board
    Six anti-nuclear members of Japan's post-Fukushima energy policy advisory panel have been removed by government officials. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for a review of the previous administration's nuclear phase-out policy to help rejuvenate the country's economy. Five new members including Fukui Gov. Issei Nishikawa have been added to the board, which resumes talks this week. Bloomberg (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Westinghouse signs deal to provide fuel for Swedish reactors
    Westinghouse Electric struck a deal with Vattenfall Nuclear Fuels to provide fuel for the Forsmark 1 and Ringhals 3 plants in Sweden. "We believe this most recent order reflects Vattenfall Nuclear Fuel's high confidence in the quality, reliability and competitiveness of Westinghouse fuel," said Johan Hallen, vice president and managing director of Westinghouse's Northern European unit. American City Business Journals/Pittsburgh (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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