Decommissioning nuclear power plants that have reached the end of their useful life will be a growing market for engineering and
construction firms over the next 30 years, according to an executive from AECOM.
Commercial operation of the long-shuttered second unit at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar nuclear plant in Tennessee got underway earlier this month, the first U.S. nuke reactor to start up since 1996, when a sister 1,150-unit came on line.
SolarReserve LLC, a privately owned company based in Santa Monica,
Calif., plans to make a final decision in the next six months on a site in Nye County, Nev., for what would be the world’s largest solar facility.
Utility Southern Co.’s costly effort to produce clean energy from coal met a major milestone on Oct. 12, when its Kemper County, Miss., integrated gasification combined-cycle plant produced the first kilowatt of electricity with synthetic fuel made from local lignite.
Hurricane Matthew’s rampage through the Caribbean, the Bahamas and up the southeast U.S. coast tested storm and flood forecasters, utilities, contractor preparations and civil engineering works for more than 1,500 miles and, in some cases, found them wanting.
Three miles southeast of Block Island, R.I., the nation’s first offshore wind farm has emerged after months of hard work by dozens of contractors, including a small team of highly skilled commercial divers.