Due to their high cost relative to other generating options, no new nuclear power units will be built in the US, an Exelon official said Thursday. “The fact is — and I don’t want my message to be misconstrued in this part — I don’t think we’re building any more nuclear plants in the United States. I don’t think it’s ever going to happen,” William Von Hoene, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Exelon, told the US Energy Association’s annual meeting in Washington. With 23 operational reactors, Exelon is the US’ largest nuclear operator. “I’m not arguing for the construction of new nuclear plants,” Von Hoene said. “They are too expensive to construct, relative to the world in which we now live.” Nuclear power in the US “at this point is really a bridge to a different kind of carbon-free world,” he said. If the existing nuclear units in the US can be kept operational despite the economic challenges they face, and technology can be developed to store energy generated by renewable technologies, which are currently intermittently available, “then we won’t need these [new nuclear units] at that point,” Von Hoene said. “And we won’t build them because they’ll be too expensive.”
Platts 12th April 2018 read more »
New Jersey legislators yesterday passed bills establishing a zero emissions certificate (ZEC) programme that will recognise and compensate eligible nuclear power plants for their zero-carbon attributes and contribution to fuel diversity.
World Nuclear News 13th April 2018 read more »
Barrel containing 55 gallons of radioactive sludge ruptures at top nuclear research facility in Idaho as three firefighters are treated after its contents touched their skin.
Daily Mail 13th April 2018 read more »