Latest Nuclear power generation News

Agency to review spending by utility tied to bribery probe

Sep. 16, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — A regulatory agency that oversees utility rates in Ohio has asked an electric company tied to an alleged $60 million bribery scheme to show it did not use customers' money to support passage of legislation to subsidize two struggling nuclear power plants. The Public Utilities Commission of...

FILE – This April 4, 2017, file photo shows the entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio. A nuclear plant bailout law should be repealed immediately, Democratic members of the Ohio House announced Wednesday, July 22, 2020, as a bribery scandal involving one of the state’s most powerful lawmakers unfolded over the law’s passage. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)

House committee holds hearing on repeal of bailout law

Sep. 10, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The alleged corruption that led to passage of a nuclear plant bailout law and questions about whether the bailout was financially necessary demand the law's immediate repeal and replacement, Democratic and Republican lawmakers testified Thursday. Supporters of the energy policy...

Ex-Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder sits in the House of Representatives in the Ohio Statehouse after returning for the first time since being charged in a $60 million bribery scandal. The morning House session had just ended Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020 in Columbus, Ohio. [Fred Squillante/Dispatch]/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

State watchdog seeks probe of utility tied to bribery scheme

Sep. 9, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio's consumer watchdog has asked a regulatory agency to conduct an independent investigation of the state's largest electric utility, FirstEnergy Corp., that federal authorities have tied to a $60 million bribery scheme involving one of Ohio's most powerful politicians. The Ohio...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2019, file photo, signs oppose plans to build a storage facility for spent nuclear fuel in southern New Mexico, as they line a hallway ahead of a meeting of a U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission panel in Albuquerque, N.M. U.S. nuclear regulators have hosted their final public hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, on a proposal to build a multibillion-dollar complex in southern New Mexico to store spent nuclear fuel from commercial power plants around the country. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

US regulators take public comments on nuclear fuel plan

Sep. 5, 2020 11:22 AM EDT

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — U.S. nuclear regulators have hosted their final public hearing on a proposal to build a multibillion-dollar complex in southern New Mexico to store spent nuclear fuel from commercial power plants around the country, and there’s still disagreement about whether granting a...

FILE - Republican Ohio state Rep. Larry Householder sits at the head of a legislative session as Speaker of the House, in Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. Householder, who is accused in a $60 million federal bribery probe, was removed from his leadership position on July 30, 2020. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Ex-Ohio House speaker pleads not guilty to bribery scheme

Sep. 3, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The former speaker of the Ohio House pleaded not guilty Thursday to a federal corruption charge tied to an alleged $60 million bribery scheme. Republican Rep. Larry Householder and four others are accused of shepherding $60 million in energy company money for personal and political...

US gives first-ever OK for small commercial nuclear reactor

Sep. 2, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials have for the first time approved a design for a small commercial nuclear reactor, and a Utah energy cooperative wants to build 12 of them in Idaho. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Friday approved Portland-based NuScale Power’s application for the small...

UN atomic watchdog: N Korea still enriching uranium

Sep. 2, 2020 11:45 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — There are no signs that North Korea has been reprocessing fuel from its main nuclear reactor into plutonium over the past year, but Pyongyang appears to still be enriching uranium, which could potentially be used in a nuclear weapon, the U.N.'s atomic watchdog said Wednesday. The...

Ex-Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder talks to the media outside of the House of Representatives in the Ohio Statehouse, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. Householder said Tuesday he will plead not guilty to a corruption charge following his arrest in a $60 million federal bribery probe that shook the Statehouse earlier this summer. (Fred Squillante/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

Ohio House speaker calls on indicted predecessor to resign

Sep. 1, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The GOP speaker of the Ohio House on Tuesday called for his predecessor, a fellow Republican under federal indictment in a $60 million bribery scheme, to resign his seat and leave the General Assembly. Newly elected Speaker Bob Cupp called Rep. Larry Householder's return to the...

SC utility, Westinghouse agree to sell nuclear equipment

Aug. 31, 2020 4:45 PM EDT

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's state-owned utility has reached a settlement with the now bankrupt company hired to build two nuclear plants that were never completed to sell leftover equipment and supplies, three years after construction was halted. The agreement between Santee Cooper and...

Exelon to close 2 Illinois nuclear power plants in 2021

Aug. 27, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

BYRON, Ill. (AP) — Two nuclear plants in northern Illinois will shut down next year, resulting in the loss of up to 1,400 jobs and millions of dollars in tax revenue, the power company said Thursday. Exelon, the power company that owns Byron Generating Station and the Dresden Generating Station, announced...