The U.S. Energy Dept. is continuing to spend billions of dollars on carbon capture and storage technology, announcing this month it will distribute about $25 million to eight projects aimed at reducing the cost of carbon dioxide capture.
Continued construction and eventual operation of the mixed oxide (MOX) fuel fabrication facility at the Savannah River site in South Carolina is not viable at the current funding levels, according to a high-level "red team" report prepared for the U.S. Energy Dept.
The fact that floodwalls around New Orleans were designed to be overtopped but remain standing says much about the post-Katrina hurricane-protection system that rings the city—and about the risks that those who live within that system still face.
Courtesy DOE Eleven offshore wind projects, totaling more than 3,800 MW, are in advanced stages of development. Related Links: First $1.8B Leg of U.S. Offshore Wind Transmission Link Is Set Statoil Pulls Plug on Maine Offshore Wind Project, but U. of Maine Venture Proceeds Despite low natural-gas prices that are dampening the competitiveness of renewables, the U.S. offshore-wind industry continues to gain ground. Eleven projects, totaling 3,824 megawatts, are in “advanced” stages of development, according to a U.S. Dept. of Energy study by Navigant Consulting.The 11 projects have either received approval for a lease in federal or state waters, conducted
Related Links: Climate Change's Effects on Our Energy: An Interactive Map Price Tag for Repairs and Reconstruction from Colorado Floods Tops $1.3B Water Sector Takes the Brunt of Changing Weather President Obama's Speech on Climate Change at Georgetown University (Video) If governments and businesses ignored the realities of climate change on Port Fourchon, a spit of land on Louisiana's coast, the results could be disastrous.The port services as much as 90% of the Gulf of Mexico's offshore oil industry, and when it isn't operational, at least a fifth of the nation's domestic oil supply is blocked from delivery. Without work
Related Links: $3-Billion Buyout of Shaw Would Boost CB&I's Energy Capabilities Following Shaw Acquisition, CB&I Names Outsider to Head Federal Services Chicago Bridge & Iron is under increasing scrutiny from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In the past month, the company division formerly part of Shaw Group has been cited for a poor safety culture at a Louisiana facility and for firing an employee who raised a safety concern at another site."We take these matters very seriously. CB&I will take immediate action to create and promote a healthy safety culture where all employees feel open to identify issues and express concerns,"
Photo Courtesy of U.S. DOE Construction shown here in 2011 of the waste pretreatment component of a $12.3-billion vitrification plant at the U.S. nuclear site in Washington has halted as officials tackle a redesign of the troubled unit. Related Links: Installation of Massive Doors Is Key to Hanford Waste Plant DOE: Senate Panel Voices Concerns Over Hanford Funding Facing increased pressure over aged, leaking tanks of nuclear waste at its Hanford, Wash., cleanup site and design and construction issues on a multi-billion-dollar on-site treatment plant, the U.S. Energy Dept. aims to move some waste to the underground Waste Isolation Pilot
Photo Courtesy of South Carolina Electric and Gas Continuous pour at V.C. Summer plant was three days ahead of similar effort at Vogtle. Related Links: Vogtle Suppliers Continue to Miss the Mark for Quality Control Vogtle Nuclear Plant Owners Seek Budget Hike, Extend Schedule On March 11, two years after the meltdown at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, crews at South Carolina Gas and Electric's V.C. Summer Unit 2 marked a more auspicious milestone: the first concrete pour at a U.S. nuclear powerplant in 30 years.Three days later, crews at Southern Nuclear's Vogtle Unit 3 in Georgia completed another pour.
Photo By Getty Images The Atlantic Ocean topped a Winthrop, Mass., seawall during a massive, slowing-moving snowstorm that hit the Northeast in February 2013. Related Links: Extreme Weather Pushes Water Utilities to Adapt Pipelines, Powerplants and Refineries All at Risk Transportation Officials Seek Storm-Surge Solutions 58 Big-City Mayors Focus on Reducing Building Energy Use New York Ponders Plan For Next Storm Engineers Focus On Big Delta Threats Subway tunnels built for normal weather conditions are flooded by a superstorm; roads constructed for historic temperature means are buckling under extreme heat; levees built for one-in-100-year storms are tested every few years