NRC Resumes Nuclear Power Plant License Renewals

The NRC has resumed license renewals after a two-year suspension, bringing the number of commercial nuclear power plants with renewed licenses to 74. On October 29, 2014, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released a report highlighting the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) resumption of license renewals, ending a two-year suspension on licensing decisions. The NRC resumed the…

BLM Issues Final Environmental Report for NPR-A’s First Drilling Proposal

The BLM has released the final environmental review of the proposed GMT1 project, facilitating the first commercial oil and gas activity on NPR-A. On October 29, 2014, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued the final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the proposed Greater Mooses Tooth Unit 1 (GMT1) project, facilitating the first commercial…

DOE Funding to Support Solar Energy Grid Integration

The DOE has announced new funding to support cost-effective integration of distributed, on-site solar power systems to the electric grid. On October 29, 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced $15M in funding to facilitate cost-effective and reliable distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) and energy storage to overcome challenges of increasing solar deployment – such as variability of…

DOE Launches Lap-Corps to Commercialize Clean Energy Technologies

The DOE’s Lap-Corps will enable national laboratory teams to access private sector opportunities to commercialize innovative clean energy technologies. On October 29, 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced the launch of Lap-Corps, a $2.3M pilot program to accelerate commercialization of innovative clean energy technologies developed by DOE National Laboratories.  Lap-Corps – modeled on the…