Richard Pierce has been many things throughout his life: a Marine, a security officer, a father and now, at 50 years old, a Mustang.
A lot happened in 1973, including a landmark for Duke Energy – its largest nuclear plant, Oconee Nuclear Station, began commercial operation of unit 1 in July.
Recently, I had the chance to revisit Oconee Nuclear Station’s Unit 2 reactor building – nearly five years after my first experience as a new employee inside containment. I was there in the blink of my two eyes – literally.
There’s a figure at Harris Nuclear Plant that casts a long shadow across the site. No, it’s not the 523 foot tall cooling tower on a sunny day. This one stands barely five feet tall – but the positive effect that this influential figure has on the site, the nuclear fleet and the company is far-reaching.
Safe, reliable, always available electricity. That’s what customers expect from Duke Energy and we work hard to exceed that expectation every day. That’s where nuclear energy plays a significant role.
No matter what your job is, chances are you had some help getting to where you are today. In the nuclear industry, mentoring not only helps individuals grow as professionals, but also serves as an effective way to transfer complex technical knowledge.
With the new year quickly approaching, we looked back at the five most-read posts on the Nuclear Information Center in 2017.
In the past six years, Brian Clay and his family have sent packages to Afghanistan and Africa, and his teammates at Duke Energy’s Harris Nuclear Plant have pitched in, too. But this year, Clay said, his teammates surpassed all of his expectations.
As a new year approaches, we want to know what you think about the NIC and what you’d like to hear from us in 2018.
We are fortunate in the southeastern U.S. to have energy sources that are built to withstand the incredible forces of natural disasters like hurricanes: nuclear power plants.