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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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San Francisco Offered Peaking Turbines

LCG, DEc. 16, 2002--As part of a settlement between California and Williams Energy Cos. on multi-billion-dollar energy contracts, San Francisco has the option to finance construction of four gas turbines, which would be provided at no cost by the energy company.

The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote today on whether to accept the turbines, which would be delivered along with $12 million out of $147 million being paid by Williams Energy to California as part of the settlement. If the turbines operate within the city, the Department of Water Resources would purchase their output under a 10-year contract, after which the city would be able to operate the plants as it needs.

The capacity of the units, which are peaking turbines, is a total of 200 megawatts, compared to the 163-megawatt Hunters Point plant owned by PG&E. Mayor Willie Brown, environmentalists and residents within the Hunters Point district have called for Hunters Point being shut down, due to its being a source of pollution. The city receives much of its electric power from plants not on the peninsula, with transmission lines delivering power through San Mateo County. Roughly 30 percent of San Francisco's usage depends on Hunters Point and the Potrero Hill plant, owned by Mirant.

A federal deadline of Jan. 1, 2005 for new clean air standards to take effect may necessitate a retrofit of Hunters Point, if it is not shut down at that time. The turbines being proposed would reportedly produce 16 times less ozone-creating pollution than Hunters Point.
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