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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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New Jersey BPU Approves Settlement with PSE&G for Solar Investments

LCG, May 31, 2013--The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) voted Wednesday to approve a modified settlement agreement with Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G) to invest up to $446 million in solar projects over three years.

Under the agreement, PSE&G may spend $247 million on 42 MW of solar generating capacity located on brownfield sites (including landfills), plus 3 MW of smaller projects. In addition, PSE&G would invest up to $199 million on 97.5 MW of new solar generation via a loan system.

The modifications to the settlement include oversight provisions that require PSE&G to: provide the BPU with monthly financial and progress reports; submit within 30 days its criteria for selecting projects and developers; and provide the BPU and ratepayer advocate ten days to review contracts prior to execution.

The New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel had opposed the agreement based upon its belief that there were inadequate safeguards to limit utility spending and that the ten percent return PSE&G would receive was too high.

The investments to develop solar power are also valued as a means to improve reliability in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
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