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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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Dairyland Power Cooperative Buys Share of New Coal Plant

LCG, December 6, 2004--Dairyland Power Cooperative, a regional power cooperative serving customers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois, announced last week that it has purchased a 30 percent share of the planned Weston 4 power plant from Wisconsin Public Service Corporation, a subsidiary of WPS Resources. The additional supply purchase is designed to meet growing customer demands for electricity.

Construction on the 500-MW, coal-fired power plant, located near Wausau, began in October, and operations are planned to commence in 2008. The estimated cost of the plant is approximately $750 million. Dairyland's share would be 150-MW, with a cost of about $225 million. There are also three, existing units at the station that have a combined capacity of 510 MW. The new unit will use low-sulfur coal and state-of-the-art technologies.

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) approved the 500-MW expansion on September 23, 2004. The project was announced two years ago and submitted to the PSCW a year ago. The new unit is the first project approved by the PSCW under a new law designed to streamline the approval process. The purchase is subject to financing and regulatory approval.

Dairyland evaluated the alternative of constructing a 400-MW coal plant at sites in Iowa and Wisconsin. The Weston 4 alternative can deliver power earlier than the other projects, which are now expected to be placed on hold.

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