Month: April 2016

New technology initiative drives innovation & cost savings

Author: Jeff Dehn

Over the last few years, Xcel Energy’s corporate management teams have promoted the investigation of new and unique technologies to drive innovation to improve production and efficiency. This strategy has resulted in the creation of a tool that uses already-in-place equipment data tracking software to locate, map, and display graphic pictures of plant equipment. This...

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STP files LAR for control rod bank

Author: Buddy Eller

On Thursday, April 7, STP filed a License Amendment Request (LAR) with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to permanently change the Unit 1 Technical Specifications to operate without Shutdown Bank Control Rod D6. Prior to the submittal, internal and independent third party reviews – including USA partners Comanche Peak -- were completed. While preparing to...

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USA personnel offer 246 years of experience for Cook refueling outage

Author: Kevin Shaub

Membership does have its privileges, and USA member Cook Plant personnel openly welcomed the 15 peers from other USA sites in support of the Cook Unit 1 Refueling Outage this spring. “The experience offered from our USA peers is outstanding,” said Tim Farrish, Cook Plant Site USA Shared Personal Liaison. “We have a well-trained group...

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Energy Northwest captures safety award

Author: Dave Lefor

The American Public Power Association this week awarded Energy Northwest first place in its 2015 Safety Awards of Excellence for safe operating practices. EN received top honors in the category for utilities with between one and four million worker hours. "We're proud of the service we provide to the region," said Grover Hettel, vice president...

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