Monday, May 9, 2016

The Tennessee Valley Authority is Preparing to Start-up the First New US Nuclear Reactor in 20 Years

From UtilityDIVE:

TVA to start 2nd unit at Watts Bar nuclear plant, first new US reactor in 20 years 
Dive Brief:
  • The Tennessee Valley Authority is preparing to start up the new 1,400-MW Watts Bar nuclear plant, adding the first new nuclear power to the United States grid in two decades, Energy Central reports. 
  • TVA said Unit 2 is expected to reach "initial criticality" in May with commercial operation in summer 2016.
  • Simultaneously, the utility is moving ahead with plans to add thousands of MW of wind and solar to its mix, and has issued a request for information from potential project developers.
Dive Insight:
TVA's carbon-free generation is about to get a boost from both nuclear and renewable energy. 
The utility said Power Ascension Testing activities for Watts Bar Unit 2 are ongoing, and that "significant progress has been made the past few months and testing continues to validate that Unit 2 will operate as designed."...