Nuclear Notes: Subsequent License Renewal
For those taking notes: back in 2019, Duke Energy announced the intent to renew the operating licenses of the nuclear reactors we operate in the Carolinas for an additional 20 years. This continues to be an integral part of the clean energy strategy in...
Nuclear Notes: The Benefits of Nuclear
Take note: Duke Energy's nuclear fleet is responsible for over 80% of the company's carbon-free generation. Solar, wind and hydro all partner well with nuclear to ensure that our future is clean. The state regulator in North Carolina, where five of our...
How big equipment, big projects and a big love of math meet in nuclear
There is a lot of big equipment at a nuclear plant. We need big things in order to generate large amounts of power. We have big pumps and valves, transformers the size of a bus and back-up diesel generators the size of a locomotive; further, we have...
How 10 antique railcars made their way to museum
North Carolina Railroad Museum has completed a 20-year quest to add rail cars to its collection on display. The aging railway cars were stranded – not abandoned – at Harris Nuclear Plant in New Hill, N.C., a reminder of the plant’s construction and the railroad industry’s legacy. Six of the cars were owned by Duke Energy and four, which include several dating back 100 years, belonged to the museum. They were held at the plant until the museum could raise enough money to transport the cars the 5 miles to the museum.
At 35, Harris Nuclear Plant continues to grow along with the community
The year was 1987. The price of a gallon of gasoline was $.95 and a dozen of eggs were $.78, and first-class stamp was $.22. Aretha Franklin became the first female artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Disney company reached an...
Meet Spot: Oconee Nuclear Station's newest four-legged friend
Duke Energy’s Oconee Nuclear Station has a new dog. “Spot” can sit, lay down and roll over. Unlike your average Rover, Spot is also trained to perform inspections of hard-to-access areas at the three-unit nuclear plant near Seneca, S.C.
Advanced nuclear benefits may be worth exploring for a carbon-free future.
The nuclear industry continues to evolve; as does the future for nuclear power generation. According to a 2021 article by World Nuclear Association, "Around 10% of the world's electricity is generated by about 440 nuclear power reactors. About 50 more...
Advanced nuclear energy will help achieve climate goals
Duke Energy’s six nuclear plants run so efficiently that they’re often unnoticed as they supply a steady flow of electricity to the grid. In 2019, these plants generated more than 50 percent of the electricity delivered to Duke Energy customers in the Carolinas – and as the company moves toward its goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, nuclear will be an even more important energy source.
How upgrades help Oconee Nuclear Station operate efficiently
Just as a homeowner might replace an old air conditioner or update a kitchen, our workers continuously install new equipment and implement new technology at our nuclear plants.
Why this young engineer is optimistic about the future of nuclear
Martin Isoler benefited from growing up in a nuclear plant community. But nothing could prepare him for his first day as a nuclear plant intern.