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U.S. Department of Energy Announces First Awards under Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program

LCG, October 16, 2020--The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) this week announced it has selected two U.S.-based teams to receive $160 million in initial funding under the new Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program (ARDP).

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PSEG Files Application to Extend Zero Emission Certificates (ZECs) for New Jersey's Carbon-Free Nuclear Power Facilities

LCG, October 2, 2020--PSEG yesterday filed applications to extend Zero Emission Certificates (ZECs) for the Salem and Hope Creek nuclear power plants in Salem County in order to preserve New Jersey's largest carbon-free source of electricity and to help New Jersey achieve its clean energy goal of 100 percent carbon-free energy supply by 2050.

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Aluminum Firms Grumble, But Sign Bonneville Contracts

LCG, Nov. 2, 2000--Aluminum companies in the pacific Northwest signed their power supply contracts with the Bonneville Power Administration before the October 31 deadline, but did so with considerable grumbling and said yesterday that the prices they will have to pay for electricity will prevent them from going back into full production.

Bonneville said that five aluminum companies operating 10 smelters, two chemical companies and one paper mill signed contracts that run from Oct. 1, 2001 through Sept. 30, 2006. The taxpayer-owned utility will allot 1,486 megawatts of power among those customers at a charge of $23.50 per megawatt-hour. It isn't enough, according to some.

Brett Wilcox, owner of Golden Northwest Aluminum, said the smelters, attracted to the Pacific Northwest more than 50 years ago by plentiful and inexpensive electricity, need about 3,000 megawatts to get back into full production.

Wilcox said one of his two smelters, a Goldendale, Wash., facility, was negotiating with independent power producer Goldendale Energy Inc. for development of a new 248 megawatt plant that would allow the aluminum refinery to resume full output. The gas-fired, combustion turbine plant is expected to begin commercial operation in about two years.

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