South Carolina is suing the federal government after the Energy Department announced it was stopping construction of a plant to turn plutonium used in nuclear weapons into fuel for nuclear reactors. South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson’s lawsuit filed Friday says Energy Secretary Rick Perry didn’t consult Gov. Henry McMaster before ending construction at the Savannah River Site near Aiken. The lawsuit also says the Energy Department didn’t perform an analysis of how to store the plutonium already at SRS.
ABC News 27th May 2018 read more »
Exelon Corp. announced today that its Three Mile Island nuclear facility once again “did not clear” in a key annual energy auction, meaning regional grid operator PJM did not purchase power from the local facility. Capacity auctions are held annually by Audobon, Pennsylvania-based PJM to ensure enough power generation resources are available to meet demand in its region covering all or part of 13 states and the District of Columbia. The auction results take effect June 1, 2021. TMI has failed to clear the past four auctions held by PJM, which basically means that TMI is not able to produce electricity at a price that the market is willing to pay. Exelon, based in Warrenville, Illinois, announced last year that unless there are changes to Pennsylvania’s energy portfolio to include nuclear power, the facility will close in October 2019.
Press & Journal 24th May 2018 read more »