The consequences of US President Donald Trump’s “recarbonisation” policy for nuclear energy are likely to be nuanced, a newly released paper from S&P Global Ratings has concluded. The nuclear sector will likely benefit from the removal of existing regulations but suffer under a “watering down” of clean power legislation.
World Nuclear News 6th July 2017 read more »
Since 1981, 36 years ago, the Phipps Bend Nuclear Power Plant in Surgoinsville, Tennessee has sat abandoned. Now that site is finally producing CO2 free electricity, but instead with a 1MW solar power plant.
Elektrek 5th July 2017 read more »
For the first time in decades, the United States got more electricity from renewable sources than nuclear power in March and April. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said Thursday that electricity production from utility-scale renewable sources exceeded nuclear generation in the most recent months for which data is available. That’s the first time renewable sources have outpaced nuclear since 1984. The growth in renewables was fueled by scores of new wind turbines and solar farms, as well as recent increases in hydroelectric power as a result of heavy snow and rain in Western states last winter. More than 60 percent of all utility-scale electricity generating capacity that came online last year was from wind and solar. In contrast, the pace of construction of new nuclear reactors has slowed in recent decades amid soaring costs and growing public opposition. Nearly all nuclear plants now in use began operation between 1970 and 1990, with utilities starting to retire some of their older reactors.
Fortune 6th July 2017 read more »
Unidentified hackers have been targeting the networks of companies responsible for operating nuclear power plants in the US for the last two months, according to The New York Times. Citing a joint report issued by both the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI some time last week, The Times’ story identifies one target as the Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation, a facility responsible for overseeing the operation of a nuclear power plant outside Burlington, Kansas. The report also states that energy companies and manufacturing plants are also being targeted, yet none are identified by name.
The Verge 6th July 2017 read more »
Don’t panic, but attackers are trying to phish their way into machines in various US power facilities, including nuclear power station operators. It seems so far whoever behind the campaign has tried phishing and watering-hole attacks, but haven’t got beyond corporate networks (which in critical infrastructure should be on separate networks from the operational systems). The New York Times got wind of the intrusion attempts, getting a look at a joint Department of Homeland Security/FBI report.
The Register 7th July 2017 read more »
Daily Mail 7th July 2017 read more »
The chief suspect is Russia, according to three people familiar with the continuing effort to eject the hackers from the computer networks. One of those networks belongs to an aging nuclear generating facility known as Wolf Creek — owned by Westar Energy Inc., Great Plains Energy Inc. and Kansas Electric Power Cooperative Inc. — on a lake shore near Burlington, Kansas. The possibility of a Russia connection is particularly worrisome, former and current officials say, because Russian hackers have previously taken down parts of the electrical grid in Ukraine and appear to be testing increasingly advanced tools to disrupt power supplies.
Bloomberg 7th July 2017 read more »