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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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City's Lease to Solar Installation Advances in Nevada

LCG, Apr 28, 2003--Duke Solar Energy appears close to reaching an agreement with Boulder City, Nev. on a lease deal that would provide the city with up to $2 million annually in return for Duke's use of land for a solar field.

Nevada Power and the Eldorado Solar Electric Generation Station were given approval for contracts last month by the Nevada Public Utilities Commission. Boulder City leaders hope to negotiate a separate deal to buy power from the installation at wholesale rates.

"I think it's very important from a standpoint it will be another source of power in Boulder City," Mayor Bob Ferraro told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "We're not hurting in that respect, but it gives us a third source, and it creates additional revenue for the general fund."

The site has highly desirable characteristics for solar power generation, and is close to a distribution point. Construction has yet to start, but operations are expected in 2005. Other nearby power sources include Hoover Dam and a gas-fired plant, Eldorado Energy.

Rates for the plant have not been made public, but George Douglas of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Denver says that per-kilowatt-hour rates of 20 and 25 cents are normal, with the average utility rate at 7 cents per kilowatt-hour. Nevada is requiring that 7 percent of utilities' power sales be from renewable sources by 2005. While Nevada Power has secured 68 percent of the Eldorado solar plant's output, Sierra Pacific will purchase the remaining 32 percent, for a total of 50 megawatts to be supplied. Both utilities are subsidiaries of Nev. Sierra Pacific Resources.
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