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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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ISO Says California Has Enough Capacity for the Summer

LCG, April 22, 2003Californias Independent System Operator said that the state will likely have enough electricity capacity for the peak usage that will come this summer.

Yesterday, the ISO, a not-for-profit entity responsible for reliability in electricity transmission, released a report regarding this summer. In its view, California has sufficient surplus electric capacity to meet peak demand, which in the West comes during the hottest points in the year.

The ISO did note that major plant outages or damaged transmission would alter the otherwise positive forecast.

Summer peak demand is expected to be 42,894 MW, around 450 megawatts higher than during last year but still less than the all-time highest demand of 43,554 megawats, which occurred in the midst of an economic boom in July 1999.

Some analysts worry that the surplus electricity will be insufficient to meet demand in the next few years because new generation projects have been slowed, suspended, or even cancelled due to poor market conditions. Also, older plants, especially coal-fired generators, may slowly go off line as they deteriorate or fail to meet new environmental restrictions.

However, others may point to the fact that lower demand may be in part due to fewer customers because of the slowed economic conditions. Better economic conditions in the future may result in higher demand but may also catalyze new interest in plant development and the resumption of preexisting projects.

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