New Jersey’s 3 nuclear power plants seek to extend licenses for another 20 years

The company that owns New Jersey’s three nuclear power plants said Wednesday it will seek federal approval to operate them for another 20 years. The move comes as New Jersey makes a strong push to become the East Coast leader in offshore wind. But the three power plants run by PSEG Nuclear LLC provide nearly half of …

Loan guarantee for Palisades restart

The US Department of Energy Loan Programs Office has conditionally committed up to USD1.52 billion for a loan guarantee to Holtec Palisades for its project to bring the Palisades plant, which ceased operations in May 2022, back online. If the project proceeds, it will be the first nuclear power plant in the USA to return …

As AI booms, land near nuclear power plants becomes hot real estate

Cheap low-carbon energy? What’s not to love… The land surrounding a nuclear power plant might not sound like prime real estate, but as more bit barns seek to trim costs, it’s poised to become a rather hot commodity. All datacenters are energy-hungry but with more watt-greedy AI workloads on the horizon, nuclear power has fresh …

Taiwan Can’t Shake Its Nuclear Ghosts

The island’s resistance to a dependable—and desperately needed—source of energy has been shaped by a covert history. After a contested race, the people of Taiwan have elected current Vice President Lai Ching-te to be their next president. The result keeps the Democratic Progressive Party, which broadly favors Taiwanese sovereignty and closer ties with the United …

Nuclear power policy to be major focus in parliament after Ishikawa quake

As Japan marks 13 years since the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in March 2011, the government of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is moving toward restarting idled nuclear power reactors. But a powerful Jan. 1 earthquake that struck the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture reminded the country of how seismic activity can lead to …

Canada’s Climate Plan: Nuclear Power

It’s essential for keeping a clean-energy electrical grid. Nuclear power has been the backbone of Ontario’s clean electric grid for the past half-century. Starting in 1971, the Canadian province constructed 20 large heavy-water reactors over the next 22 years. The rationale at the time wasn’t combating climate change but replacing expensive coal imported from the …

Nuclear life extensions steer Ontario towards zero carbon future

Canada’s most populated province is extending the lifespan of the country’s oldest operating nuclear power plant, doubling down on nuclear plant overhauls to pursue green goals.  Ontario Power Generation (OPG) last month abandoned plans to close the remaining six reactors at its Pickering Nuclear Power Station, opting instead to refurbish four of the units (Pickering …