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NRC Issues Subsequent License Renewals for First Time to Nuclear Reactors in Florida

LCG, December 11, 2019--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff recently approved Florida Power & Light's (FPL's) application for an additional 20 years of operation for Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Units 3 and 4. This is the first time the NRC has issued renewed licenses authorizing reactor operation from 60 to 80 years. The subsequent (or second) license renewals (SLRs) for Turkey Point Unit 3 and Unit 4 now expire on July 19, 2052 and April 10, 2053, respectively.

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New York Poised to Close Last Coal-fire Power Plant

LCG, December 4, 2019--The last operating coal-fired power plant in New York is moving toward closure shortly. Last month, Somerset Operating Company, a subsidiary of Riesling Power LLC, submitted a request to the New York State Public Service Commission (NYSPSC) to waive the state's required, 180-day notice to close the Somerset Station, allowing the facility to be retired on February 15, 2020. Closure is contingent on approvals by both NYSPSC and the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), which will evaluate if it will cause an adverse effect on grid reliability.

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NV Energy Offers Commercial Customers Low-Cost Renewable Energy Rate Option

LCG, March 7, 2019--NV Energy filed additional information with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) about the Nevada GreenEnergy Rider (NGR 2.0) last week that makes available over a million megawatt hours of renewable energy resources for large commercial customers.

NV Energy's president and chief executive officer stated, "We believe we are the best energy partner for our customers and will continue to work closely with them to keep them as fully-bundled customers. NGR 2.0 offers eligible customers the ability to pay a rate directly tied to low-cost, Nevada-based solar resources, which is in line with our own philosophy to provide all of our customers with clean energy, while keeping rates low. This sustainable energy solution is a win-win as eligible customers will reduce their energy costs while NV Energy retains the renewable energy credits in order to comply with Nevada's renewable portfolio standard for the benefit of all customers."

The NGR 2.0 offering will reduce the cost most eligible commercial customers, including casinos and government entities, pay for electric service. Commercial customers who use a minimum of 8,760 megawatt hours of energy and have a load factor of 50 percent with an annual usage of one megawatt or more are eligible to participate. Governmental entities need only use 8,760 megawatt hours of energy annually.

The initial allotments for the renewable energy rate include up to 565,000 megawatt hours of solar for southern Nevada customers and 375,000 megawatt hours for those in the north.

The new NV Energy offering aims to retain existing customers and to avoid customers discontinuing electric service from NV Energy.

NV Energy will use an "open window" period for enrollment, which includes a first-in-time, first-in-right approach to designate renewable energy allotments. The first enrollment window will open on March 18, 2019, and will remain open until the resource pool is full.
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