Where’s the R&D as an Outcome of Fukushima?

Our last article focused on new EPA regulations that are prompting significant research and development activities for most utilities. We’ve also written in the past regarding the expected impact of the Japanese accident at Fukushima on the Nuclear Industry and new R&D that will be performed. Here’s an update on expected areas that will require […]

EPA 316(b) and Mercury Reduction Proposed Regulations and Associated R&D

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a number of proposed regulations; however, two in particular will present significant R&D opportunities for a number of utilities. With the addition of these two proposed rules, a number of electric generation facilities will be required to perform research to determine the best available technology (BAT) and/or combination of […]

Extending Nuclear Plant Life Beyond 60 Years

“Simply put, sound research is key to determining whether extended operation beyond 60 years can be safe and, if it can, what measures need to be taken to ensure safe operation. The industry must take the lead on these research activities.” U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman, The Honorable Gregory B. Jaczko[1] Although 61 nuclear plants […]

Will the R&D Tax Credit be made permanent?

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced a new proposal to spur innovation and job creation through the simplification, expansion, and make permanent the Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit. Per Sen. Gillibrand’s Press Release on January 28th, expanding the R&D Tax Credit would create more than 162,000 jobs nationwide, according to the Information Technology and Innovation […]

Efficient Use and Technology

There was a study done that looked at the impact of deploying a single piece of technology to improve the efficient use of electric power in the office environment. Looking at an individual workstation at state government business offices in Maine, it was determined that 1.80 kilowatt-hours daily on work days and 2.88 KWH on […]

R&D Tax Credit for 2010

As you are likely aware, the Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit has yet to be renewed for the 2010 tax year. Historically, the tax credit has expired and been retroactively renewed five times in its brief history. While there are no certainties, it is highly likely that the R&D Tax Credit will be renewed […]

Nuclear Power: The U.S. and The World

We hear this debate rage about how US has lost its “nuclear prowess” to countries like China, Japan, South Korean and EU countries. I must admit I feel some angst when looking at the peaceful use of nuclear power that began as an industry in the US and see countries taking that technology and deploying […]

Assuring the Best “Contract” Talent

When utilizing the services of “contract” engineering and consulting firms such as BCP, it is important to know how the process works and where most problems occur during the process in order for you to reap the best benefits of the service. In most cases, BCP is able to provide experienced engineering and technical support […]

Organization Culture and the Thinking Organization

What I learned about organizations certainly didn’t come from my math, science and engineering professors in college. In some regards, this may be part of the issue in our industry as evidenced by INPO’s recently issued SOER 10-2, Engaged Thinking Organizations. This is not to diminish what the nuclear power industry has been able to […]