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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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Pickering Nuclear Unit Reactivated in Ontario

LCG, September 28, 2005--For the first time since December 1997, Unit 1 at the Pickering A nuclear station in Ontario is generating electricity. The 515-MW nuclear reactor, located east of Toronto, is expected to be in full, commercial operation within a few weeks. The unit originally commenced generating power in 1971 and was placed in "voluntary lay-up" in 1997, along with the other three reactors at the station.

The Province of Ontario has been actively pursuing the development of new electricity supplies in order to shut down its coal fleet and reduce related emissions. In July 2004, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) received approval to proceed with a project to refurbish and restart Unit 1. That decision was driven in part by the estimate that it could begin producing power in just 15 months - more rapidly than other supply alternatives - to support the government's planned closure of roughly 7,600 MW of coal-fired generation.

When the project was approved, the estimated cost for the refurbishment project was C$825 million. The current estimated project costs are C$1,020 million. The first of four Pickering A reactors returned to service in September 2003, more than two years late and at a cost nearly three times that approved by the Board of Directors of OPG. In August of this year, OPG announced its decision not to proceed with refurbishing Pickering A's units 2 and 3.

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