The Tennessee Valley Authority is slashing its workforce at the Bellefonte Nuclear facility in North Alabama. The plant’s reactors have never been completed. And with natural gas prices down and people generally using less power recently, the utility says there’s no need to rush.
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Work on the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant’s Unit Two reactor is finished ahead of schedule and under budget.
The University of Tennessee is one of more than a dozen schools that will get federal money for research into how to make new nuclear plants more efficient.
For all the talk of a nuclear renaissance in the U.S., only one reactor is technically “under construction” right now. Watts Bar has a nearly 40 year history. And the Tennessee Valley Authority’s effort to complete a second reactor on site isn’t going well.
The board of the Tennessee Valley Authority will be asked Thursday morning to approve a near-doubling of the budget to complete a second nuclear reactor at Watts Bar. TVA has already spent the $2.5 billion originally projected to finish the East Tennessee power plant.
Completing a nuclear reactor south of Crossville will cost TVA as much as $2 billion more than original estimates and take three years longer. On Thursday TVA executives gave a sort of pep talk to workers finishing Watts Bar Unit 2.
A warm winter is hitting the Tennessee Valley Authority’s bottom line. Electricity sales are down five percent for the most recent quarter.
The Tennessee Valley Authority has signed an agreement to become a guinea pig in the future of nuclear power. The utility has a letter of intent to purchase as many as six ‘mini-nukes’ for a site in Oak Ridge.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is getting specific about additional safety measures it might put in place at its nuclear plants following the crisis in Japan. They include more satellite phones for plant operators and less nuclear waste stored onsite.
A man working on construction of Unit Two at TVA’s Watts Bar nuclear facility has been charged with making a false statement. The U.S. Justice Department believes he was cutting corners on a new reactor set for completion next year.
Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander is one of Washington’s biggest proponents of nuclear power. And in Nashville Friday, he asked an audience of conservationists to see things his way.
The international environmental group, Greenpeace, released a report on carbon dioxide emissions today. Tennessee is in the middle of the pack when compared to other states but high when compared to other countries.