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May 14, 2020
DOE  Launches Program to Demonstrate Advanced Nuclear Reactors Within 5 Years

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Bolstered by $230 million in Congressionally appropriated funding, the Department of Energy (DOE) has officially launched the Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program (ARDP) to help U.S.-based private developers of advanced nuclear reactors demonstrate their technology in the U.S. Much anticipated by industry, the program formally established under the Office of Nuclear Energy program on May 14 […]
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May 14, 2020
Construction Employment Drops 975,000 Jobs in April

Construction Employment Drops 975,000 Jobs in April
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Thu, 05/14/2020 - 11:07 Apr 2020 Construction Employment Drops 975,000 Jobs in April A new report from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) does not paint a good picture of employment in the industry as a result of the growing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a survey of its members, as well as data from construction technology firm Procore, construction employment declined by 975,000 jobs in April. This loss from March to April constituted almost 13% of the industry’s total employment and was, by far, the worst...

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May 14, 2020
Despite COVID-19, ERCOT Expects Record Summer Demand; Retired Coal Plant May Resume Service

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Despite uncertainties posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) again expects to shatter its peak demand record this summer. Factoring in changes to its generation profile, extreme weather, and low wind output, the grid operator expects energy alerts are still possible.  ERCOT’s forward-looking projections for capacity, demand, and reserves are murkier, […]
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May 14, 2020
Advanced Nuclear Reactor Designs to Get Digital Twins

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Nine projects will get $27 million in federal funding to develop digital twin technology for promising advanced nuclear reactor designs—including Kairos, Xe-100, BWRX-300, and the SSR-W—and help achieve a ten-fold reduction in their operations and maintenance (O&M) costs. The funding announced by the Department of Energy (DOE) on May 13 will be furnished under the […]
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May 14, 2020
The Green Cowboy, David Freeman Dies at 94

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Engineer, attorney, author, and former head of some of the largest public power utilities in the U.S., S. David Freeman passed away on May 12 outside of Washington, D.C., following a heart attack at the age of 94. Freeman was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and received a degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute […]
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May 13, 2020
Analysts Say 594,300 Jobs in Clean Energy Lost to Pandemic

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Four groups analyzing data from the U.S. Dept. of Labor said more than half-a-million jobs in the clean energy sector were lost in March and April due to shutdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The losses, representing about 18% of the industry’s total workforce, were detailed in a report released May 13. The groups said […]
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May 12, 2020
Nuclear Reactor with 3D-Printed Core Slated for Operation in 2023

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A first-of-its-kind nuclear reactor that will use a 3D-printed core, advanced materials, and integrated sensors and controls is on track for completion by 2023. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, work is ramping up to demonstrate the Transformational Challenge Reactor (TCR), an innovative micro-reactor program spearheaded by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and project partners, to include […]
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May 11, 2020
Feds Approve Largest U.S. Solar Project

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A Nevada installation that would be the largest solar power project in U.S. history was approved by the U.S. Department of the Interior on May 11. The estimated $1 billion, 690-MW Gemini solar photovoltaic electric generating facility is sited on 7,000 acres about 30 miles northeast of Las Vegas. Interior Secretary David L. Bernhardt signed […]
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May 11, 2020
U.S. Coal-Fired Generation at Lowest Level Since 1976

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U.S. coal-fired power generation last year was at its lowest level since 1976, according to data released May 11 by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The EIA in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook report said energy from renewable resources could this year for the first time surpass coal-fired generation in the U.S. The agency […]
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May 11, 2020
FERC Plans Discussion of COVID-19 Impacts

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is planning a technical conference this summer that would look at long-term impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the energy industry. The discussion would look at how the industry should approach investments and infrastructure development should the trend of lessening demand for electricity, and oil and gas, continue. Industry […]
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