French state-controlled utility firm EDF is “secretly planning” to extend the lifespan of 58 nuclear reactors in France by 10 to 20 years, pushing back the country’s energy mix targets, local BFM television reported on Monday.
Switzerland voted on Sunday to start exiting nuclear power generation in favor of renewables energy sources such as solar, wind and hydro, as part of a revised energy strategy, Kallanish Energy reports.
Westinghouse Electric said last week it won’t object to a South Carolina utility customer advocate’s petition to make public sealed details of its contract to build the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station.
European spot electricity prices for next day delivery increased on Thursday pushed by falling wind power production in Germany and an unplanned nuclear outage in France, Kallanish Energy reports.
The UK’s National Grid has “paused” plans to invest £2.8 billion ($3.62 billion) in grid infrastructure works needed for the proposed Moorside nuclear power plant, in northwest England, after developer NuGen commences a “strategic review” of the project.
The power generation fuel mix in the nine Northeast U.S. states has shifted dramatically over the past 10 years, as natural gas’s share of total generation nearly doubled, to 41% in 2016, from 23% in 2006.
German’s shutdown of nuclear power generation by 2022 doesn’t pose a risk of blackouts to consumers, but could lead to higher costs if transmission gaps emerge, according to energy regulator Bnetza.
The UK nuclear industry has called the government to urgently begin to address new arrangements and negotiations with the European Union following its decision to exit the bloc’s nuclear treaty known as Euratom, Kallanish Energy learns.