The Maryland Public Service Commission is moving ahead with a request for proposals for 1,500 MW of new gas-fired generation, despite concerns raised by its regional grid operator about power pricing impacts.
Photo courtesy of TVA Watts Bar plant unit 2, idle since 1988, is set for 2013 completion. In what it says is an effort to improve efficiency and eliminate confusing lines of authority and duplication of effort, the Tennessee Valley Authority has relieved Bechtel Corp., based in San Francisco, of construction-management duties at the $2.5-billion restart of unit 2 at TVA's Watts Bar nuclear powerplant.The federal power producer renegotiated its engineering, procurement and construction contract with Bechtel Power after the project's schedule slipped during the summer, says Terry Johnson, a TVA spokesman. “Fundamentally, we established a level of productivity, and
Photo courtesy ORNL TVA relieved Bechtel from construction management at Watts Bar nuclear plant, after construction schedule slipped from 2012 to 2013 completion date. Related Links: Florida Utility: No Way To Predict Nuke Plant Cracking The Tennessee Valley Authority is taking over the management of the construction of the second unit at the Watts Bar nuclear plant after the construction schedule slipped under the current contractor, the federal power producer said Wednesday.TVA renegotiated its engineering, procurement and construction contract with Bechtel Power, Terry Johnson, a TVA spokesman, said. TVA will take over as project manager while Bechtel retains the technical
On March 24, the grand jury indicted Matthew D. Correll, who was on the staff of a subcontractor of Bechtel Group Inc. at the $2.5-billion Watts Bar Unit 2 nuclear powerplant expansion site in Rhea County, Tenn. Correll was charged with falsely indicating last August that he had measured and inspected cables that were to supply energy to safety systems in the unit’s nuclear reactor containment structure. In a March 25 statement, the subcontractor, Williams Specialty Services LLC, Tucker, Ga., said Correll’s employment ended last September. The firm is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Williams Industrial Services Group LLC, which ranks
Maryland and New Jersey officials, worried about the high cost of electricity and predictions of limited supplies, are giving up on the established system and seeking to construct their own powerplants. The Maryland Public Service Commission on Dec. 29 issued a draft request for proposals for up to 1,800 MW of new generation in or around Maryland. The final RFP is expected in March. A week earlier New Jersey Board of Public Utilities President Lee Solomon said the board had started seeking new base-load generation in that state. The New Jersey Legislature was poised to pass a bill that would
The construction of a new $10-billion nuclear reactor in Maryland seem to be dead after Constellation Energy told the Dept. of Energy that it is no longer interested in negotiating a federal loan guarantee to support the project.
The construction of a new $10-billion nuclear reactor in Maryland seem to be dead after Constellation Energy told the Dept. of Energy that it is no longer interested in negotiating a federal loan guarantee to support the project. In a letter to DOE, Constellation said it was unable to continue negotiations after it was presented with a “shockingly high estimate” of the fee the company and its joint-venture partner, Electricite de France, would have to pay to obtain the loan—$880 million. “Such a sum would clearly destroy the project’s economics (or the economics of any nuclear project for that matter),
Recession has not been good for the construction industry, but it’s helping to keep workers’ compensation rates down, say insurance and contractor executives. In the year that ended last June, 28 states filed for rate decreases, while nine filed for increases, says Peter Burton, senior division executive for state relations for the National Council on Compensation Insurance. Related Links: Economics: With Margins Cut to the Bone and No Demand, Costs Are Left With Nowhere To Go Market: More Bad Economic News Dims Industrys Confidence Cement: New EPA Regs Pose Cost Problems Labor: Wage Settlements Are Between A Rock and a
Pepco, the electric utility that serves Washington, D.C., and its Maryland suburbs, will spend $256.5 million over the next five years to accelerate planned improvements to its distribution system after it struggled to recover from a severe thunderstorm in late July. More than 322,000 Pepco customers lost power after the storm; the company took five days to restore the power. The utility added $115 million to a planned system reliability upgrade after executives were grilled by the Maryland Public Service Commission about their response to the July storm and back-to-back snowstorms in February. Earlier this month, Pepco asked state regulators
Solar developer Albiasa Corp., the San Francisco unit of a Spanish firm, has teamed with Hawaii-based developer Pacific Light and Power to build a small but more reliable utility-scale project on Kauai. The 10-MW project also will be the state’s largest solar project, company officials say. Photo: Pacific Light & Power Project will use proprietary solar- capture technology to boost efficiency and cut costs. The $70-million project will use Albiasa’s “concentrated” solar technology but will add other processes developed by joint-venture partner Ram Power Inc., Reno, Nev., to extend power production to the early and later parts of the day