Global Energy News Roundup: January 11


The Forum on Energy weekly news roundup brings together a mix of global energy stories from around the web. It is published every Thursday and is available on Twitter via @forumonenerg

FERC Rejects Plan to Support U.S. Nuclear and Coal Plants

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s plan to rejuvenate the nation’s coal and nuclear power plants was rejected by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) earlier this week. The plan aimed to provide subsidies to struggling coal and nuclear plants throughout the U.S., which have faced difficulty trying to compete with natural gas, oil, and renewable energy. In September, Secretary Perry “warned that the loss of these plants could threaten the ‘reliability and resiliency of our nation’s grid.'” The proposal however, was unanimously rejected by the Commission. In response, FERC Commissioner Richard Glick stated that ““There is no evidence in the record to suggest that temporarily delaying the retirement of uncompetitive coal and nuclear generators would meaningfully improve the resilience of the grid…Rather, the record demonstrates that, if a threat to grid resilience exists, the threat lies mostly with the transmission and distribution systems, where virtually all significant disruptions occur.”

Source: The New York Times

China and France Sign Nuclear Energy Agreement

On Tuesday, China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN), a Chinese nuclear power operator, and The French Alternative Energy and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), a French energy organization, signed an agreement which aims to strengthen cooperation on nuclear power technology between the two countries. The agreement will focus on both the upstream and downstream chains of the nuclear power industry, which includes reactor life management and fourth-generation nuclear energy technology. “He Yu, chairman of CGN, said the new agreement will enhance bilateral exchanges in nuclear power technology and open new space for Sino-French nuclear power cooperation.”

Source: XinhuaNet

Nuclear Waste Successfully Stored at Savannah River Site

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River site has successfully poured its first vitrified waste from its newly installed melter at the Defense Waste Processing Facility.  “The melter treats high-level radioactive waste, currently stored in tanks at the South Carolina site, by blending it with a borosilicate glass known as ‘frit’ to form a molten glass mixture. The vitrified mixture is then poured into stainless steel canisters.” The stabilized waste can then be safely stored onsite until a permanent waste disposal site is created.

Source: World Nuclear News

Russia Floating Power Plant Cleared for Operation

Russia’s Floating Power Plant has been cleared for operation by the Russian State Expert Examination Board (Glavgosexpertiza). The floating power plant is named the Akademik Lomonosov, and is located in Russia’s northernmost city of Pevek. It is funded by Russia’s nuclear power plant operator and subsidiary of Rosatom, Rosenergoatom. In a statement, Gloavgosexpertiza and Rosenergoatom stated that “having examined the materials submitted, Glavgosexpertiza has reached the conclusion that the design documentation and the results of engineering surveys on the facility comply with technical regulations and other established requirements…the project’s design documentation concurs with previously conducted engineering surveys…determined that the estimated cost of the project is sound.”

Source: World Nuclear News