The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has decided to discontinue its considerations of regulatory and other changes which would allow NPP operators to apply for 40-year licence renewals — conceivably extending some operating lives to 100 years. It recommended further evaluations to address the potential for reactor operations up to 100 years.
Nuclear Engineering International 6th July 2021 read more »
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A Biden administration plan to force the rapid uptake of renewable energy would swiftly cut planet-heating emissions and save hundreds of thousands of lives from deadly air pollution, a new report has found amid growing pressure on the White House to deliver a major blow against the climate crisis. Of various climate policy options available to the new administration, a clean energy standard would provide the largest net benefits to the US, according to the report, in terms of costs as well as lives saved. A clean energy standard would require utilities to ratchet up the amount of clean energy, such as solar and wind, they use, through a system of incentives and penalties. The Biden administration hoped to include the measure in its major infrastructure bill but it was dropped after compromise negotiations with Republicans. But the new report, conducted by a consortium of researchers from Harvard University, Georgia Institute of Technology and Syracuse University, suggests it would be the most effective tool in reaching a White House goal of 80% renewable energy use by 2030. Joe Biden has said he wants all electricity to be renewable by 2035.
Guardian 11th July 2021 read more »