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Small modular reactor development faces slow, fading progress at Savannah River Site

...development of small modular reactors has faced funding challenges and competing energy sources ? mainly falling natural gas prices that jilted the nuclear industry's comeback ? leaving some questioning if the mini-reactors will ever be viable...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2015-01-11/small-modular-reactor-develo
Last coal train this week for UGA

...for the gas boilers. The electric boiler will be more expensive to operate per unit of steam than the gas boilers, but will give UGA an alternate fuel source in case natural gas supplies are interrupted, or when natural gas prices spike.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-12-29/last-coal-train-week-uga
Developer in rural Georgia tries building coal-fired power plant

...to change soon after the plant was proposed when natural gas prices started falling. That lowered the cost of power...are skeptical coal plants can be financed unless natural gas prices surge years in the future, perhaps because domestic...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-11-15/developer-rural-georgia-tries
Exxon, Chevron post higher earnings despite low oil prices

...and it cost both companies. Exxon's revenue slipped by 4 percent and Chevron's by 8 percent.But low oil and natural gas prices make for low raw material costs ? and higher profit ? for refining and chemical operations, which turn oil and...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-10-31/exxon-chevron-post-higher-
Why drop in oil prices could squeeze US economy

...because of lower fuel prices.When energy prices fall because of rising supplies, it can help the economy. U.S. natural gas prices fell even as the economy was recovering from the financial crisis. Those lower prices helped manufacturers by lowering...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-10-13/why-drop-oil-prices-could-
US predicts less oppressive heating bills this winter

...because last year's cold winter drained gas in storage.ELECTRICITY: Electricity prices are heavily influenced by natural gas prices, so they're on the rise. But customers should use less this winter, and average bills are expected to fall nationwide...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-10-07/us-predicts-less-oppressiv
Electricity bills expected to increase this winter, natural gas to be stable

...prices and consumption because "weather and usage are both large variables.""Based on what we know right now, natural gas prices appear to be similar to last year's, so a customer's consumption and total bill will be based mainly on weather...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-10-22/electricity-bills-expected-i
Vogtle expansion on track, Georgia Power execs tell PSC

...Bubba" McDonald.Leach testified that the company's analysis shows expanding Vogtle is still a good idea even as natural gas prices have declined in recent years as has demand for electricity. He said gas prices aren't likely to remain low throughout...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-06-03/vogtle-expansion-track-geo
Plant Vogtle owners avoid loan subsidy fee

...abandoned plans to build nuclear plants. The Great Recession trimmed the demand for energy. Meanwhile, falling natural gas prices made it cheaper to build natural gas plants. Interest rates have also fallen to record lows, making it relatively...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-04-26/plant-vogtle-owners-avoid-
Plant Vogtle project sponsors avoid loan subsidy fee

...abandoned plans to build nuclear plants. The Great Recession trimmed the demand for energy. Meanwhile, falling natural gas prices made it cheaper to build natural gas plants. Interest rates have also fallen to record lows, making it relatively...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-04-26/plant-vogtle-project-sponsors