Two nukes down Friday:
“lowering reactor water level was due to the trip of all three Feedwater Pumps”
(Pilgrim 1 in Massachusetts) and “unidentified leakage” (Salem 1 in New Jersey).
That’s the fifth downtime for Entergy’s Pilgrim 1 this year:
cold, heat, leak, and now feedwater pumps.
Remind me about the reliability and safety of big baseload nuclear?
“On Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 0755 hours [EDT], with the reactor
critical at approximately 98% core thermal power, and the mode
switch in RUN, a manual reactor scram was inserted due to lowering
reactor water level. The cause of the lowering reactor water level
was due to the trip of all three Feedwater Pumps. The cause of the
Feedwater Pump trip event is currently under investigation.
PLYMOUTH — The ongoing heat wave could force Pilgrim Nuclear
Power Station to shut down, as soaring temperatures continue to warm
the Cape Cod Bay waters that the plant relies on to cool key safety
Since the last time I reported on NRC nuclear reactor statuses,
23 February 2013,
six are back up, four are newly down (total of sixteen down),
seventeen are newly running low (thirty two low).
That’s 30% below 100% power,
and only 69% (72 out of 104) running at full power.
And that’s not counting Vogtle 3 and 4, which Georgia Power
customers are paying for while never getting any power from them.
This still doesn’t look like the 24/7 nuclear power we were promised,
it’s not too cheap to meter, either.
solar is already at grid parity without subsidies
in India and Italy and will be soon in the rest of the world.
Newly down since 23 Feb 2013 on 6 March 2013
Newly down since 23 Feb 2013 on 6 March 2013:
Indian Point 3,
In an investment research letter, the Swiss financial services
company UBS Securities anticipates Entergy Corp. will retire one of
its nuclear power plants in 2013, and it cites “Vermont Yankee
as the most tenuously positioned plant.”
UBS representatives met with Entergy’s new leadership team on Feb.
1, the same day Leo Denault became CEO and chair of the board for
the Louisiana-based company that operates the Vermont Yankee nuclear
And that’s how a clean-broom new CEO often signals his intentions:
by bringing in outside experts to provide him cover for what he
already intends to do anyway.
And this new-broom CEO
is Entergy’s former Chief Financial Officer
who as CFO has repeated fiddled with Vermont Yankee to try to
make it less unprofitable.
What did those experts say?