Saturday, May 28, 2011

Duke Energy talks on S.C. nuke are slow but ongoing | Charlotte Business Journal

John Downey
"Santee Cooper has sold the Orlando, Fla., municipal utility an option to buy up to 10% of the plant. Duke has been negotiating to buy another piece, with Santee Cooper perhaps buying into Duke’s proposed Lee Nuclear Station near Gaffney, S.C.
Rogers has declined to discuss details of the negotiations. But sources familiar with the talks say Duke and Santee Cooper remain fairly far apart on the agreement.
“I’m trying to work something out. But the challenge is working something out,” is all Rogers will say about the status of the discussions."

SCE&G Files For Rate Adjustment Under Base Load Review Act - TheStreet

"South Carolina Electric & Gas Company, principal subsidiary of SCANA Corporation (NYSE: SCG), today filed with the Public Service Commission of South Carolina and the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff for an overall 2.7 percent increase to its approved electric rates under provisions of a state law known as the Base Load Review Act. The BLRA effectively reduces the cost of building nuclear power plants in South Carolina by allowing the state’s regulated utilities to adjust rates annually during construction of such plants to recover related financing costs."

Friday, May 27, 2011

Nuke plant issues aired - Local / Metro -

By Sammy Fretwell
"But the findings at the Summer plant are among a host of issues nationally that could lead to tighter restrictions on U.S. nuclear power plants studied in response to the Japan earthquake. Many federal reviews of the nation’s 104 nuclear plants wound up with findings similar to those at the Summer plant. That included reviews at Duke Energy’s Oconee nuclear station near Seneca."

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Customer Satisfaction Key to Ramping up Home Energy Efficiency | Environmental and Energy Study Institute

: "That was the take-home message of last Friday’s presentation by EESI and the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina (ECSC). The presentation was part of a conference on innovative approaches to promoting home energy efficiency hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings Program."

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Spent Reactor Fuel Risk Greater in U.S. Than in Japan, Study Says -

Matthew Wald
"The report, from the Institute for Policy Studies, recommends that the United States transfer most of the nation’s spent nuclear fuel from pools filled with cooling water to dry sealed steel casks to limit the risk of an accident resulting from an earthquake, terrorism or other event."

Monday, May 23, 2011

Santee Cooper to buy energy from two renewable power firms | The Post and Courier, Charleston SC - News, Sports, Entertainment

Warren Wise

Santee Cooper’s board of directors approved 20-year contracts Monday with W2E-Organic Power of Columbia and BioEnergy Technologies of Sumter to supply a total of 3.2 megawatts of power.

W2E-Organic Power plans to build a 1.6-megawatt generating station in Columbia that will use biogas from food waste, grease and yard waste. The company will transmit its power to Santee Cooper.

BioEnergy Technologies will use pre-consumer food waste, grease, food processing waste and wastewater sludge to generate another 1.6 megawatts at a facility planned for Berkeley County. The electricity will delivered to Santee Cooper through Berkeley Electric Cooperative’s distribution system.

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