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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Texas Nuke Might Restart in Late Summer

LCG, Apr. 25, 2003--Texas Genco Holdings, majority-owned by CenterPoint Energy, indicated Thursday that repairs at Bay City nuclear generating unit 1 could take until late summer to complete, leaving CenterPoint Energy to supply at least 385 megawatts it owns out of the total unit capacity of 1,250 megawatts from other sources.

The Bay City unit was shut down following the discovery of a small amount of boric acid at the bottom of the reactor vessel. An inspection team found the acid, which could mean that a leak of coolant fluid from the reactor might have been able to take place.

"So the loss of 1,250 megawatt-hours for a few months is not going to have much impact overall," said Kent Saathoff, the director of system operations for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages the Texas electric grid. The anticipated August peak is 57,000 megawatts, while generating capacity in the state is 77,000 megawatts. The other unit at the Bay City plant remains operational.

David Tees, the chief executive of Texas Genco, said "We have developed a preliminary schedule for the inspection, repair and return of this unit based on various scenarios, even though there are a myriad of unknowns." CenterPoint has access to 750 megawatts of reserve capacity that is kept for such unforeseen occurrences.
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