This week in regional energy news …
- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently finalized the relicensing of Vermont Yankee. The 600-MW reactor’s license will expire in twenty years. At the same time, the federal agency is reviewing the country’s nuclear reactors in light of the crisis in Japan.
- Low prices for natural gas are slowing investments in new nuclear power plants.
- Following the success of its tidal turbine generator near Eastport, Maine, Ocean Renewable Power Co. is launching a tidal project in Alaska in conjunction with Homer Electric Association.
- Unitil will begin replacing over 100 miles of pipeline in greater Portland at a cost of $60 million. Modern plastic pipe will replace cast-iron pipe, allowing the pipes to transport increased volumes of gas and allowing Unitil to serve more customers.
- Certain parts of Connecticut may be ripe for wind turbine development, according to new wind speed tests indicating stronger economic viability than previously believed.
- Western Mass. Electric Co. is expanding its solar project installations. Its first project is in Pittsfield, and WMECO plans to build a larger facility in Springfield