Nuclear costs; dangers

High Repair Costs and Lower Power Prices Drive Nuclear Retirements:
U.S. Energy Information Administration, September 23, 2013
http://www.eia.gov/electricity/monthly/update

Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3 - Request for Additional Information Regarding License Amendment Request for Extended Power Uprate (TAC Nos. ME9631 and ME9632)

Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3 - Request for Additional Information Regarding License Amendment Request for Extended Power Uprate (TAC Nos. ME9631 and ME9632)

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California Energy Bill Passes, Awaits Gov. Brown's Signature

Lawmakers in the California state legislature granted their final approval to a package of energy legislation. The bill, AB 327, will now head to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. It passed the state Senate September 9 with a vote of 33-5 after passing the Assembly in May by wide margins.

The bill's centerpiece would essentially remove the "cap" from California's renewable energy portfolio standard (RPS), which is already one of the most aggressive in the nation.

California state law requires power companies to generate 33 percent of their electricity from renewable sources. AB 327, once signed into law, will empower the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to raise that percentage without the need for legislative action.

"This is a banner day in California. Once again, state lawmakers have set the bar high when it comes to the adoption of renewable energy.  AB 327 provides a clear pathway for the continued growth of solar generation in California, which ranks No. 1 in the nation in total installed solar capacity with 3,761 MW," said Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

The bill allows for adjustments to the state's net metering program, which lets customers who generate their own electricity via rooftop solar to be compensated for energy that flows back onto the grid from such distributed generation sources.

The bill would allow the CPUC to redesign utility billing rates, potentially cutting monthly bills for end users living in the hotter interior parts of California. Large investor-owned utilities, such as Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and Southern California Edison (SCE) would collectively bargain among themselves for sought-after billing changes.

The assembly also passed SB 4, a law that would require energy companies to publicly disclose the chemicals used in hydraulic fracking, as well as require permits for fracking as well as acidizing — techniques used to extract oil from shale rock deposits like California's Montgomery Shale reserves.

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PJM Emergency

PJM Sets Record Sept. Peak Power Use
Weather and Local Grid Conditions Require Load Reductions PJM Monitoring Grid Closely Today as Power Supplies Remain Tight

(Valley Forge, Pa. – Sept. 11, 2013) – Due to unseasonably hot weather, PJM Interconnection, the electricity grid operator for 13 states and the District of Columbia, set a new record for September peak power use yesterday by meeting the demand for 144,370 megawatts. By comparison, the 2012 September peak demand was 129, 959 MW, and the PJM peak demand in July of this year was 157,509 MW. The hot weather continues in many areas today and electricity supplies remain tight.

PJM is responsible for keeping the grid running safely and reliably. Tuesday’s unusual, extreme heat combined with local equipment problems to create emergency conditions in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. PJM was forced to direct local utilities in those areas to immediately and temporarily cut electricity to some customers to avoid the possibility of an uncontrolled blackout over a larger area that would have affected many more people. Continued heat in some areas today will require load reductions through demand response, but PJM and its members are working to prevent additional emergency customer curtailments.

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EPA Documents Raise Doubts Over Intent of New Nuclear-Response Guide

Destroyed unit 3 reactor building of Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant is seen in Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan, Monday, Feb. 20, 2012. Japan next month marks one year since the March 11 tsunami and earthquake, which triggered the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986. (AP Photo/Issei Kato, Pool)

WASHINGTON -- Newly obtained government documents are prompting concern among critics that Environmental Protection Agency officials are seeking to use the organization’s new guide for nuclear-incident response to relax public health standards, but the agency is denying the claim.

Douglas P. Guarino
Senior Reporter
National Journal Group
Global Security Newswire

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PEACH BOTTOM ATOMIC POWER STATION: NRC EVALUATION OF CHANGES, TESTS, AND EXPERIMENTS AND PERMANENT MODIFICATIONS TEAM INSPECTION REPORT 05000277/2013010 AND 05000278/2013010

PEACH BOTTOM ATOMIC POWER STATION:  NRC EVALUATION OF CHANGES, TESTS, AND EXPERIMENTS AND PERMANENT MODIFICATIONS TEAM INSPECTION REPORT 05000277/2013010 AND 05000278/2013010

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Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station - NRC Integrated Inspection Report 05000277/2013003 and 05000278/2013003 and Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation Report 07200029/2013001

Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station - NRC Integrated Inspection Report 05000277/2013003 and 05000278/2013003 and Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation Report 07200029/2013001

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Three Mile Island Nuclear Station Unit 1 - Mid-Cycle Performance Review and Inspection Plan (Report 05000289/2013006)

Three Mile Island Nuclear Station Unit 1 - Mid-Cycle Performance Review and Inspection Plan (Report 05000289/2013006)

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Susquehanna Steam Electric Station Units 1 and 2 - Mid-Cycle Performance Review and Inspection Plan (Report 05000387/2013006 and 05000388/2013006)

Susquehanna Steam Electric Station Units 1 and 2 - Mid-Cycle Performance Review and Inspection Plan (Report 05000387/2013006 and 05000388/2013006)

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Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station Units 2 and 3 - Mid-Cycle Performance Review and Inspection Plan (Report 05000277/2013006 and 05000278/2013006)

Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station Units 2 and 3 - Mid-Cycle Performance Review and Inspection Plan (Report 05000277/2013006 and 05000278/2013006)

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