nuclear http://wfae.org en Babcock & Wilcox Struggles Prompt Nuclear Reactor Competitor To Open Charlotte Office http://wfae.org/post/babcock-wilcox-struggles-prompt-nuclear-reactor-competitor-open-charlotte-office <p>Charlotte will play host to two companies developing a new type of nuclear reactor. Oregon-based NuScale Power has announced it will open a new office in SouthPark and will hire 100 employees, after seeing an opportunity in the struggles of its Charlotte competitor.</p><p> Sun, 11 May 2014 02:44:03 +0000 Ben Bradford 50651 at http://wfae.org Babcock & Wilcox Struggles Prompt Nuclear Reactor Competitor To Open Charlotte Office Factory-Built Nuclear Reactor Development Slows http://wfae.org/post/factory-built-nuclear-reactor-development-slows <p>Charlotte-based Babcock and Wilcox received a big boost when the Energy Department agreed to be a partner in the company’s development of a new, small nuclear reactor. But the project has since hit some roadblocks.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:02:39 +0000 Ben Bradford 49033 at http://wfae.org Factory-Built Nuclear Reactor Development Slows President's Budget Halts Overbudget SC Nuclear Program http://wfae.org/post/presidents-budget-halts-overbudget-sc-nuclear-program <p>An agreement between the United States and Russia calls for disposal of 34 metric tons of weapons-grade plutonium from each country, enough to produce 17,000 nuclear weapons, according to the Department of Defense. But multi-billion dollar cost overruns at the South Carolina facility built for the disposal has the Obama administration seeking to put the project on hold.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 20:34:42 +0000 Ben Bradford 46399 at http://wfae.org President's Budget Halts Overbudget SC Nuclear Program Duke Ends Attempt To Buy Share Of SC Nuclear Plant http://wfae.org/post/duke-ends-attempt-buy-share-sc-nuclear-plant <p>After two and a half years of negotiations, just when it looked like Duke Energy would buy a portion of a new nuclear plant in South Carolina, the company announced it has cut off negotiations.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:28:46 +0000 Ben Bradford 43826 at http://wfae.org Factory Delays Push Back Construction At SC Nuclear Plant http://wfae.org/post/factory-delays-push-back-construction-sc-nuclear-plant <p>Construction on some of the first nuclear plants in decades has suffered delays but is recovering ground, regulators of the project say.&nbsp; The two new reactors at the Virgil C. Summer Nuclear Station in Jenkinsville, South Carolina will take more than six months longer than projected, at a potential cost of $200 million. The regulators blame a new building process for the delays, but do not rule out ratepayers covering the cost.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Ben Bradford 43069 at http://wfae.org Factory Delays Push Back Construction At SC Nuclear Plant Duke Energy's Store Sells Sort-Of-Free Lightbulbs http://wfae.org/post/duke-energys-store-sells-sort-free-lightbulbs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Duke Energy is offering free </span>lightbulbs<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> when you order them online. Well, almost free. You can order </span>lightbulbs<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for up to 92 percent off the retail price. The&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">company's efforts to promote energy efficiency helps their bottom line.</span></p><p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 22:17:15 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 39634 at http://wfae.org Duke Energy's Store Sells Sort-Of-Free Lightbulbs Nuclear Waste Meeting In Charlotte http://wfae.org/post/nuclear-waste-meeting-charlotte <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nearly <a href="http://www.nei.org/Knowledge-Center/Nuclear-Statistics/US-Nuclear-Power-Plants/State-Electricity-Generation-Fuel-Shares" target="_blank">half of our electricity in the Carolinas</a> comes from nuclear plants, which produce enough radioactive waste to rank North and South Carolina among the top five states with the most spent fuel. On Monday night, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will <a href="http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1327/ML13279A004.pdf" target="_blank">hold a public meeting in Charlotte </a>to take comments on its latest plan for handling that waste.</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 22:01:45 +0000 Julie Rose 38584 at http://wfae.org Nuclear Waste Meeting In Charlotte Duke Energy Cancels Planned Florida Nuclear Site http://wfae.org/post/duke-energy-cancels-planned-florida-nuclear-site <p>Duke Energy has announced it will cancel plans for a new nuclear power plant in Levy County, Florida. With no new energy to show, ratepayers are on the hook for the cost, while Duke’s turned a profit.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 13:34:12 +0000 Ben Bradford 32521 at http://wfae.org 50 Years After The Cuban Missile Crisis: Nuclear Dangers Today http://wfae.org/post/50-years-after-cuban-missile-crisis-nuclear-dangers-today <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There was optimism in the '</span>90s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that the end of the Cold War also meant the end of the threat of nuclear war and the fear of threats to America like the Cuban Missile Crisis. However, North Korea's nuclear ambitions of late bring back to mind just how dangerous a nuclear war could be, and makes the lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis relevant even today. We'll be joined by a physicist and nuclear policy expert who will talk about our nuclear dangers today, how they compare with those from past decades and how we can protect ourselves, when Charlotte Talks.</span></p><p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 04:00:00 +0000 29543 at http://wfae.org 50 Years After The Cuban Missile Crisis: Nuclear Dangers Today Mini Nuclear Reactors http://wfae.org/post/mini-nuclear-reactors <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nuclear power continues to be a hot topic when it comes to America's energy future but a new invention could change the entire landscape for nuclear power, or so they the supports of the SMR or Small Modular Reactor. These mini power plants could soon be installed all over the country fueling skyscrapers, neighborhoods and manufacturing plants. Supporters say they are safe, scalable and can be built quickly but those who watch the nuclear industry says that much more research needs to be done before small reactors dot our cities and states. A company on the forefront of this new technology is right in our backyard and we'll hear from them and others on this new plan to power America when Charlotte Talks.</span></p><p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 04:00:00 +0000 23170 at http://wfae.org Mini Nuclear Reactors