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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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TXU Says Aussie Regulatory Climate May Force Asset Sales

LCG, Nov. 14, 2000--TXU Corp.'s Australian subsidiary may consider selling its electricity and natural gas distribution assets in the commonwealth if the regulatory climate does not improve, Steve Philley, newly arrived as chief executive of TXU Australia Pty Ltd., said this morning.

Speaking to the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Philley said distribution companies were earning only 5 percent to 7 percent on equity against the 10 percent considered necessary. "If we determine that our shareholders are best served by monetizing our investments, we will certainly do that," he said.

Philley pointed to a decision by the Office of Regulator-General in the state of Victoria that would regulate returns for the next five years. The state's distribution companies say the decision would cost them $1 billion Australian ($520,000 U.S.) and runs counter to incentives offered when the distributors were privatized.

Philley said an appeal of the Regulator-General's ruling to the Victoria state Supreme Court is "under active consideration and is a possibility, but no final decisions has been made." He cautioned that if there were no incentives to invest the distribution systems would be unable to keep pace with demand and power failures would be the likely result.

"It is becoming increasingly difficult to come up with ways to invest new capital in this sector, in this region, as the markets struggle to understand what the future offers here in Victoria," Philley said.

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