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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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FERC Rules to Preserve Charges Between Transmission Systems

LCG, April 1, 2003The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission decided grid operators can charge fees to transfer electricity from one operators transmission lines to another through their own.

The case surfaced as PJM Interconnection and Midwest Independent System Operator applied to join their respective service territories. Midwest ISO serves some Southern States as well as several Midwest states including parts of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. PJM serves mid-Atlantic states.

While some utilities have claimed that such "through-and-out" charges are unfair and hamper competition, FERC ruled that the two transmission operators will be allowed to continue charging fees to send electricity through their transmission lines from another operators lines.

FERC Judge Herbert Grossman made the ruling yesterday, although FERC commissioners can revise Grossmans ruling. The judge also noted that if FERC throws out such fees, a new fee should be instated in such a way as to not allow utilities to shift costs to ratepayers.

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