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Snapshot of Load Changes, California (CAISO) and New York City regions (NYISO NYC): an Addendum

LCG, April 6, 2020 -- Jeremy Platt, Palo Alto has made some additional observations of impact of COVID - 19 on electricity demand using the grid operators data published by LCG. This note extends the results reported on March 27, 2020. The magnitudes of load reduction are very different due to the different sizes of these regions, but the times and scales of sharp reductions of ~ 16% are remarkably similar

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California PUC Targets Doubling Renewable Energy by 2030

LCG, March 27, 2020--The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) yesterday unanimously approved a new emissions target for its electric sector that would double California's clean energy capacity through 2030 and effectively block new natural gas-fired electric generating facilities.

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DOE and B&W Sign Agreement to Develop mPower Small Modular Reactor

LCG, April 16, 2013--The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) announced yesterday that its subsidiary, Babcock & Wilcox mPower, Inc. (B&W mPower), and the Department of Energy (DOE) have signed a Cooperative Agreement for funding from the DOE's Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Licensing Technical Support Program to support the development and licensing of B&W's mPower technology.

B&W's mPower technology is based upon a 180-MW, integral pressurized water reactor design that uses a fully underground containment structure. With the Cooperative Agreement, approximately $79 million, allocated from the first year of the Licensing Technical Support Program, will now be available to the B&W mPower program.

A DOE representative stated, "The Department is pleased to complete this important step in our SMR Licensing Technical Support Program. Our work with B&W mPower will help advance the commercialization of safe and efficient SMRs in the United States. U.S.-built SMRs have the potential to cost-effectively support our nation's energy and climate goals while boosting U.S. manufacturing capabilities and job growth."

The signing of the Cooperative Agreement formalizes B&W's cost-share agreement with DOE, following the selection last November of the mPower America team - comprised of B&W, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and Generation mPower - as the winner of DOE's competitively bid funding opportunity, in support of commercial demonstration of the B&W mPower SMR by 2022. B&W mPower and Bechtel (who together formed Generation mPower LLC) will provide licensing and engineering support for the mPower America Project.

The new agreement shows continued progress to develop the mPower SMR technology. In February, B&W announced that B&W mPower executed a development agreement with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to prepare and support the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) review of a Construction Permit Application for a B&W mPower SMR at TVA's Clinch River Site in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
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