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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California Bill Clarifies Merchant-Utility Interaction

LCG, Apr. 30, 2003--A bill now in the California senate that is sponsored by Sen. Joe Dunn, D-Santa Ana, will likely be modified by amendments that put more emphasis on competitive wholesale power sales, while ending direct access for customers.

Some representatives, such as Sen. Debra Bowen, D-Marina del Rey, the chair of the Senate Energy Committee, have said that SB 888 will deter new private investment. The bill, of which Bowen is a co-author, would encourage long-term contracts rather than the spot market, and prevent the state's major utilities from selling off their remaining power generation.

The Independent Energy Producers Association's spokesman has stated that the SB 888 does not agree with state agencies' current planning for future market operations, and is based on political motivations. While customers who contracted directly with energy sellers would not be allowed to renew their contracts if the bill were to go into law, power consumers such as refineries, which are often served by on-site cogeneration plants, could maintain the arrangements they have.

One amendment states that "direct investment in electric generation plants isn't the exclusive method for electrical corporations to fulfill their obligation to serve retail customers at just and reasonable rates." A vote is anticipated on SB 888 next week, after legislators have considered the amendments.
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