The convoluted V.C. Summer nuclear fiasco twists and turns

The never-ending end game for South Carolina’s abandoned V.C. Summer nuclear project is getting more complicated. Charleston’s Post and Courier newspaper reports that troubled SCANA Corp., one of the two corporate parents of the failed $9 billion, two-unit, 2,000-MW construction project is drawing attention from federal law enforcement. The newspaper says that when SCANA CEO… More The convoluted V.C. Summer nuclear fiasco twists and turns

India electrification: Far less than government claims?

When it comes to claims of electrification in India, there appears to be a classic case of governmental smoke and mirrors, aimed at political goals. The government’s pronouncements consist of heavy doses of hyperbole and back-slapping, while many millions of Indians in the country of 1.3 billion people have no access to electricity or only… More India electrification: Far less than government claims?

FERC adopts supply chain cyber security rule

With Chairman Kevin McIntyre still ill, absent, and not voting, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today adopted a new reliability standards to get a handle on cyber security risks associated with supply chains that supply the U.S. bulk electric system. The new FERC final rule largely follows a notice of proposed rulemaking issued in January.… More FERC adopts supply chain cyber security rule

Trump to name Bernard McNamee to FERC

The White House Wednesday said President Trump intends to nominate conservative energy lawyer Bernard L. McNamee to the vacant Republican seat at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He replaces Republican Robert Powelson. McNamee is currently head of the Department of Energy’s policy shop. McNamee is expected to push FERC toward administration efforts to boost the… More Trump to name Bernard McNamee to FERC

Transatomic Power, once a high-flyer, crash lands

Born of great promise, an advanced nuclear power effort, severely damaged by initial overpromises, has crashed and burned. Transatomic Power has shut down operations, after MIT’s Technology Review reported that the principals, two recent MIT PhD nuclear engineering graduates, decided they did not “see a viable path to bringing its molten salt reactor to scale.”… More Transatomic Power, once a high-flyer, crash lands

Oglethorpe, Georgia Power reach a Vogtle compromise

Vogtle lives. After investor-owned Georgia Power and cooperative Oglethorpe Power Corp. spent hours eye-ball-to-eyeball over Oglethorpe’s push for a cost cap on the $27 billion, two unit nuclear project, Georgia Power blinked. The owners of the project agreed Wednesday afternoon to a new cost-containment deal, which would spread the impact of future cost increases, after… More Oglethorpe, Georgia Power reach a Vogtle compromise

Oglethorpe throws a curve ball at the Vogtle nukes

The troubled Vogtle nuclear power construction project in Georgia, facing massive cost overruns and years behind schedule, may have survived another existential threat. But it may not. The outcome is still in doubt. Today, one major public power partner unanimously agreed to continue with the staggering nuclear project, but another major public power player offered… More Oglethorpe throws a curve ball at the Vogtle nukes

Kevin McIntyre’s health and the course of FERC

The health of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Kevin McIntyre could determine the course the agency takes in the coming weeks and months. McIntyre, who had surgery for brain cancer in Mid-2017, before his nomination to head FERC, was unable to attend today’s open commission meeting. He said, in a statement read by Commissioner Neil… More Kevin McIntyre’s health and the course of FERC