The West Virginia Senate is set to vote today on legislation that would lift restrictions on nuclear energy production, one day after the House Government Organization Committee advanced a companion bill to the full House of Delegates. Nuclear power is "an additional energy opportunity for the state" and "we want to make sure we're positioned as the state to let companies who want to take advantage of that evolving technology to be able to do so," House Speaker Roger Hanshaw said.
Evidence of faster-than-expected concrete degradation at the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant in New Hampshire warrant an independent review, say Massachusetts' two US senators, but plant operator NextEra Energy Resources and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission assert the safety of the plant is not compromised. NextEra stated that "[w]e have demonstrated, and the NRC has confirmed repeatedly, that Seabrook's structures are robust, safe and fully capable of performing their design functions."
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California utility PG&E plans to build nine new battery energy storage projects with total capacity of 1.6 gigawatts to replace capacity lost in the planned closure of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant and some natural gas facilities. PG&E's total battery energy storage capacity is expected to exceed 3.3 GW by 2024 with these new projects.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is calling for a change in strategy on the Build Back Better agenda, advocating for votes on portions of the package. "I have the feeling that we will be able to get 50 votes or more on some of these issues," said Sanders, noting that it could be possible to "pass something that's very significant."
The Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board will hold virtual public meetings on March 1 and 2 featuring discussions about Energy Department activities, including waste management, consent-based siting for an interim nuclear waste storage facility and research and development efforts focused on spent fuel and high-level waste storage, transportation and nonsite-specific disposal.
BWX Technologies has secured $4.9 million in extra funding to ramp up production of TRISO nuclear fuel for the Defense Department and NASA under an amendment to a previously signed $31.2 million agreement. "We are uniquely positioned to capture additional work in fueling, designing and manufacturing microreactors," said BWXT Nuclear Operations Group President Joel Duling.
The European Commission should not include nuclear energy in the European Union's sustainable finance taxonomy because existing and new nuclear plants do not meet the principle of "do no significant harm" and cannot qualify as green and sustainable for taxonomy purposes, the Platform on Sustainable Finance advisory group has concluded. In contrast, the commission's Joint Research Center said last year that nuclear should be considered a sustainable power source.
A consortium led by Rolls-Royce has started looking for suitable locations for a small modular reactors production facility and is inviting communities across the UK to submit bids to house the factory. Potential sites must meet its selection criteria and the group promises "high value, sustainable jobs" in return.
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