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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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Consumers Joins Midwest Nuke Operator Firm

LCG, Nov. 10, 2000--Consumers Energy Co. said yesterday it has signed an agreement to become a full partner in Nuclear Management Company of Hudson, Wisc., and transfer responsibility for the operation of its Palisades nuclear plant located near South Haven, Mich., to the partnership.

NMC was formed by four upper Midwest utilities in February of last year to operate seven nuclear units at five plant sites in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. With Consumers Energy as a partner, NMC will have responsibility for operating eight units with 4,500 megawatts of generating capacity.

" Palisades is joining a group of plants with excellent records for safety, reliability and cost-effective production," said David W. Joos, Consumers president and chief executive for electric. "It is a vote of confidence for our employees that Palisades has been invited to be a part of this outstanding nuclear organization."

Consumers said current Palisades employees will continue to operate and maintain the plant under the direction of NMC. Consumers will retain ownership of the plant, its 789-megawatt output and the spent fuel stored on site. The utility also will retain the financial obligations for the safe operation,maintenance and decommissioning of the plant.

NMC was originally formed by Northern States Power Co., Alliant Energy, Wisconsin Electric Power Co., and Wisconsin Public Service Co. to operate and manage the nuclear generating plants owned by the four utilities.

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