A Series of Unfortunate Events for Plant Vogtle – last new nuclear project in turmoil

The last new nuclear power project remaining in the U.S., the expansion of Plant Vogtle in Georgia, is in turmoil. In August, Southern Company announced that the already budget-busting project had a $2.3 billion cost increase, just eight months after another multi-billion dollar cost increase was approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) over […]

Japan’s Hokkaido earthquake – power out, lives lost and disrupted

Update from Reuters: Power restored to the Tomari nuclear plant. Read more here. In the very early hours of September 6, 2018, a magnitude-6.7 earthquake struck Japan in southwestern Hokkaido. News reports have said 8 people were killed and dozens are missing. The quake destroyed buildings, triggered landslides that buried houses, and cut off electricity to […]

Where the 2018 Candidates Stand on Energy: Democratic Nominee for South Carolina Governor James Smith

Where the 2018 Candidates Stand on Energy: Democratic Nominee for South Carolina Governor James Smith

Where the 2018 Candidates Stand on Energy: Republican Nominee for South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster

Where the 2018 Candidates Stand on Energy: Republican Nominee for South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster

JEA Demand: Protect Customers, Stop Gambling on Vogtle Nuclear Reactors

In Kenny Rogers song, The Gambler, the secret to success is knowing when to hold your cards and knowing when to fold ‘em. JEA has concluded that the Vogtle reactors are a bad hand for its customers stating that “a decision to continue the project cannot be justified on any rational basis.” It’s demanding that one of the partners, in the tortured project, the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia (MEAG), walk away from the table before it’s too late to avoid the worst economic impacts for JEA customers, and the partner utilities’ customers.

Georgia’s Nuclear Financial Crisis Worsens – Additional Billions in Cost Overruns at Plant Vogtle

Southern Company’s second quarter earnings news yesterday about Plant Vogtle’s nuclear expansion having yet another multi-billion dollar cost increase is not surprising given the continued problems occurring at the nuclear construction site that is just approaching halfway complete despite being more than 9 years into construction. But it is infuriating.

Recap of South Carolina Energy Policy in 2018 Legislative Session

The 2018 legislative session in South Carolina was a historic opportunity for significant, long-lasting reform in South Carolina energy policy. Here is a recap of what was proposed and what ended up passing in the 2018 session.

Turkey Point Reactors: Negligence, Litigation, and a “Pause”

There are a lot moving parts when it comes to both the existing and proposed nuclear reactors at FPL’s Turkey Point plant in south Florida. It can be hard to keep track of recent events – so here’s some helpful background and an update.  Existing reactors: Negligence and Litigation The existing Turkey Point reactors, Units […]

Safety Third: TVA’s Proposed Clinch River Small Modular Reactors (SMRs)

Please note: comments to the NRC are due July 13, 2018 – you can take action here. Honestly, my knowledge surrounding nuclear power was somewhat limited. In my Master’s program, I gained knowledge about policy issues surrounding nuclear waste storage at Yucca Mountain, a proposed federal repository; I watched, horrified, at news reports about the […]

Pres. Trump Defies Free Market Principles and Moves to Force Consumers to Pay for Uneconomic Power

Yesterday, Bloomberg reported that the Trump Administration is preparing to issue a bailout for uneconomic coal and nuclear plants by forcing grid operators to buy their power. As renewable energy and natural gas has become very inexpensive, many coal and nuclear plants can no longer compete on price without intervention such as what is proposed by the Administration, and are therefore likely be retired soon. The Administration claims that the retirement of these plants is a national security emergency, although there seems to be little factual basis for this claim. The move to mandate the purchase of electricity from old, uneconomic sources and guarantee them revenue has been heralded as an unprecedented intervention into energy markets.