The ongoing crisis at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear powerplant quickly triggered demands from politicians and activists from California to New York to Germany and elsewhere to shut down aging nuclear reactors, but replacing existing nuclear generation isn’t as simple as flipping a switch. Photo: Keith Philpott, Courtesy of Black & Veatch Power play Coal-fired base-load powerplants, such as the 655-MW plant. Photo: Courtesy of Alstom U.S. Osceola, Ark., will remain, but the dawn of renewables is fast approaching. At best, taking nuclear powerplants off line might encourage more development of renewable generation and push distributed generation, but only years or
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.