Mixed oxide fuel (MOX), an experimental nuclear fuel made from surplus nuclear weapons, will be produced at the Savannah River Site upon the completion of the MOX Fuel Fabrication Facility. However, it is unclear whether nuclear operators like Duke Energy and SCE&G will use this potentially temperamental fuel. The Department of Energy’s only current, interested customer, the Tennessee Valley Authority, has scheduled hearings allowing the public to weigh in on the matter.
California surpassed a major milestone last week, generating more than 1,000 megawatts of solar power for the first time ever. The state expects to generate at least 33% of its power from renewable resources by 2020. Read More
A new report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy contends that the economic benefits of energy efficiency extend far beyond lowering energy bills for consumers. It states that efficiency also significantly contributes to economic development and job creation. Read More
By the end of September, South Carolina will be home to a new cutting-edge microalgae facility. Renewed World Energies has developed a “closed-loop compatible algae photo bioreactor” to turn algae into biofuel. Read More
E4 Carolinas Inc., a nonprofit established by Charlotte region energy companies, seeks to develop a major energy hub in the Carolinas centered around manufacturing, engineering, research and education. The E4 name is meant to signify four foundational facets of the industry: energy, economy, environment and efficiency. Read More
Exports of woody materials from the US Southeast to Europe are expected to increase significantly in the years to come as Europe substitutes biomass for coal to generate electricity. In advance of this transition, England’s Department of Energy and Climate Change recently proposed that generators of 1MW capacity and above must meet sustainability criteria, including a requirement for wood fuel to come from sustainably managed forests, in order to receive financial incentives.
Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers, now head of the largest electric utility in the US, stressed the need for cleaner, more sustainable energy in his remarks before the Democratic National Convention last week. Read More
Spent nuclear fuel reprocessing efforts were dealt a set-back by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s recent decision to forgo the development of regulations for reprocessing plants. Read More
Rock Hill schools lead S.C. in energy efficiency, saving significant amounts of money and energy. Of the 25 South Carolina schools that have earned EPA’s Energy Star designation, 13 are in Rock Hill. The other 12 are Greenville County schools. Read More