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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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BP and Reliant Respond to Western Manipulation Fine

LCG, Apr. 18, 2003--BP Energy and Reliant Resources, having received a "show cause" order from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding "apparent" market manipulation by traders they employed, responded this week by saying the penalties proposed were excessively punitive.

Three separate incidents were cited by FERC in which a BP trader initiated discussions on electric power trades to be conducted at Arizona's Palo Verde trading hub. As part of a penalty, FERC could strip the companies' licenses to trade.

Reliant Resources said that consideration should be given to the company's having revealed evidence on a trader's practices and communications that served as the basis for FERC's order. Company representatives also said that while the actions by the former trader were "plainly wrong," no harm actually occurred in the market, as the trades were not outside the market levels seen at the time. Reliant also said it had undertaken "significant and meaningful reforms in its trading operations."

BP asserted that the trades were not meant to manipulate the market, and did not lead to profits being realized by its trader. While it said it "regrets and apologizes for the trader's conduct relate to these trades," BP Energy contended that stripping its license would be "significantly disproportionate to the alleged misconduct."

Reliant Resources announced in early March that it would exit energy trading following an $80 million loss it suffered in the natural gas market.
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