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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Class Action Seeks Refunds from California Power Firms

LCG, Nov. 30, 2000--A class action suit, filed yesterday in San Diego Superior Court, claims that a baker's dozen electricity companies violated antitrust and consumer protection laws by manipulating prices in California's electric power market.

The suit, filed on behalf of San Diego Gas & Electric Co. customers, seeks class action status on behalf of all residential and business customers in California. If granted, the plaintiff lawyers would have a much larger pool of potential litigants to draw upon.

As filed, the suit seeks to recover initially at least $1 billion in alleged overpayments to SDG&E, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy Inc.

Lead lawyer in the suit is Leonard Simon, a veteran of class-action antitrust cases, who helped win a $1 billion settlement three years ago from Wall Street firms accused of inflating Nasdaq stock prices. Also involved is Michael Aguirre, who said court action is necessary because federal and state regulators have bungled the job.

In the lawyers' eyes, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission bungled the job when its chairman, James Hoecker, said his agency lacked authority to order refunds.

Yesterday, Simon said he was confident he would be able to unearth evidence of collusion because he and his fellow class-action litigators are willing to take the time to dig deeper than bureaucrats. "It's going to take years," he said.

Mark Palmer, a spokesman for Enron Corp., a defendant in the case, said the lawsuit was without merit. "Three separate independent government regulatory agencies have investigated these allegations (of collusion) and found none to be true," he said.

Defendants named in the suit include: Duke Energy Trading and Marketing, a unit of Duke Energy Corp.; Dynegy Power Marketing Inc.; Enron Energy Services; Enron Power Marketing Inc.; Morgan Stanley Capital Group; NRG Energy Inc.; PG&E Energy Trading, a unit of PG&E Corp.; Reliant Energy Services, a unit of Reliant Energy Inc.; Sempra Energy Trading and Sempra Energy Resources, units of Sempra Energy Inc.; Southern Company Energy Marketing; Williams Energy Marketing and Trading; and Williams Energy Services Co.

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