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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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Former El Paso Trader Indicted

LCG, Dec. 5, 2002--An indictment has been brought against a former vice president of the El Paso Corporation for his allegedly false reporting of 48 gas trades to an industry publication, federal prosecutors in Houston announced yesterday.

El Paso had stated that "inaccurate pricing information may have been provided to a trade publication," on Nov. 13, one day after Todd Geiger, who was engaged in gas trading, resigned from the company. According to Reuters, Mr. Geiger's lawyer, George Murphy, said that Geiger's arrest on Tuesday following a trip to Detroit "came as a tremendous shock to him, his family and to me. None of us knew this was coming." Geiger will plead not guilty, Murphy stated.

Geiger, 38, traded through El Paso's Canada desk from Houston, where U.S. Attorney John Lewis believes he tried to manipulate the price index at the Sumas hub, situated on the border of British Columbia and Washington state.

Prosecutors contend that on Nov. 30, 2001, Geiger discussed 48 non-existent gas trades with an editor of Inside FERC Gas Market Report, as if the trades were actual transactions conducted by the Merchant Energy Group at El Paso. The prices reported were used to produce a price index in the December edition of the publication. Monday, Geiger will be arraigned and charged with wire fraud and false reporting. Possible penalties that could be imposed should Geiger be found guilty are a fine of $500,000 for false reporting and up to five years in prison, and a fine of $250,000 and a maximum of five years in prison for wire fraud.

An investigation is continuing into possible false reporting by employees at El Paso, to publications publishing price indexes for the gas and electricity markets. The company website indicates that El Paso is "cooperating fully with the appropriate federal authorities." Spokespersons would not comment further.

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