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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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California Adopts Six-Month Plant Licensing Regulations

LCG, Nov. 16, 2000--The California Energy Commission yesterday voted unanimously to adopt emergency regulations for a new six-month power plant licensing process that will allow some power plants to be licensed and come on-line more quickly.

Power projects that qualify for the speedy treatment are those which would have raised no eyebrows in the first place. In other words, the commission has done nothing to speed up the permitting of run-of-the-mill power plants which are the kind the state needs.

A qualifying project will be one that could be licensed with a phone call.

  • It must meet all local, state and federal air quality rules including best available control technology requirements and have contracts for required air emission offsets.

  • It must not cause adverse water impacts or require new appropriations of water. The commission said it will look kindly on projects that are air-cooled.

  • It must be in full compliance with all land use requirements, including the general plans and zoning requirements of local government bodies.

  • It must avoid "significant natural resource impacts," which means it cannot interfere with spotted owls, snail darters, rare wild mushrooms or the salt marsh mouse. I would help if it looked pretty, too.

  • It must achieve efficient use of fuels.

      If you're a power plant developer and you can do all that you can get a permit in six months or maybe even sooner. But you will have to have already settled with local jurisdictions.

      All agencies will be required to provide their input within 100 days of when the commission accepts the application and the so-called "discovery" process much abused by anti-power plant activists will be held within "certain time frames," the commission said.

      If something goes wrong with a "fast track" application, the developer can move it to what the commission calls its "standard 12-month review process" without preparing a new application. Sometimes the 12-month process takes three years.

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