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A new report by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) stresses the need to address the potential impacts of climate change during the licensing of NPPs. The GAO is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for the US Congress and is responsible for investigating federal government expenditures, was asked to review the climate resilience of energy infrastructure. Its 73-page report, “Nuclear power plants: NRC should take actions to fully consider the potential effects of climate change”, looks at how climate change could affect NPPs and how this could affect the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC’s) actions to address possible risks.

Date: Wednesday, 17 April 2024
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The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission should address potential impacts of climate change–related hazards during the licensing process for nuclear power plants, the Government Accountability Office has recommended.

Date: Saturday, 13 April 2024
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The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved the transfer of the licences for three operating nuclear power plants and their associated used fuel storage facilities from Energy Harbor Nuclear Corporation to Vistra Operations Company LLC.

Date: Tuesday, 03 October 2023
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US-based Exelon Generation has announced that it intends to retire its Byron and Dresden nuclear power plants in Illinois in autumn 2021.

Date: Tuesday, 01 September 2020
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Company blames revenue shortfalls in ‘hundreds of millions of dollars’ because of declining energy prices and market rules The Byron nucler power station, where two reactors are to be shut down early. Photo courtesy Bobak Ha'Eri/Wikipedia. Exelon Generation announced it intends to retire its Byron and Dresden nuclear power stations in Illinois next year 2021, resulting in the loss of four nuclear reactors with 4,333 MW of gross stalled capacity – enough to supply energy to more than four million homes and businesses.

The two units at Dresden are licensed to operate for another decade and two units at Byron for another 20 years. However, Byron now will close in September 2021 and Dresden in November 2021.

Exelon said it will file a deactivation notice with regional transmission organisation PJM Interconnection. The utility said the notification is necessary to give PJM time to conduct an analysis confirming that retiring Byron and Dresden will not cause a shortage of generating capacity in northern Illinois during times of peak demand.

In addition, the company will submit official shutdown notifications to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission within 30 days. It said it will terminate capital investment projects required for long-term operation of Dresden and Byron and scale back refuelling outages scheduled for later this year.

Date: Saturday, 29 August 2020
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US utility Exelon Generation announced today both the two-unit Byron and Dresden nuclear power plants will be retired in 2021 as "the result of market rules that favour polluting power plants over carbon-free nuclear energy." It warned that further plants are at risk of premature closure due to these unfavourable market rules.

Date: Friday, 28 August 2020
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The US Nuclear Fuel Working Group's (NFWG) has published a report, Restoring America's Competitive Nuclear Energy Advantage: A strategy to assure US National Security, aimed at reviving the USA's nuclear fuel cycle.

Date: Wednesday, 29 April 2020
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Rick Perry: Bailing out nuclear plants is important to national security.

In the face of rising electricity demand, US energy secretary Rick Perry confirmed recently that work is underway on a plan to preserve some of the nation’s key nuclear power plants.

Date: Tuesday, 04 June 2019
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US President Donald Trump on 1 June directed Energy Secretary Rick Perry to take "immediate steps" to support coal-fired and nuclear power plants to keep them open, saying it was a matter of national and economic security.

Date: Monday, 04 June 2018
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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) told congressional lawmakers last week its commissioners are investigating ways for electricity markets to value reliability, while distancing themselves from immediate reform. The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) says the discussion follows the "concrete action taken by several states, most recently New Jersey, to properly compensate nuclear power's zero-carbon attributes". 

Date: Monday, 23 April 2018
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