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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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Enron to Sell Stakes in Two Brazil Gas Distributors

LCG, May 1, 2001Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras said yesterday that it had agreed with U.S. energy conglomerate Enron Corp. to buy Enron's interests in two Rio de Janeiro natural gas distribution companies.

Petrobras said in a news release that it had signed a deal on Sunday to buy Enron's 25.38 percent stake in Cia Distribuidora de Gas do Rio de Janeiro that distributes gas in the city of Rio de Janeiro, and 33.75 percent in CEG-Rio that serves Rio de Janeiro state.

The Brazilian petroleum company said it has agreed to the acquisitions "along with other investors," which could mean its Petros pension fund. Sources in Brazil said the purchases could be evenly split between the two in order to avoid the two gas distributors becoming technically "re-nationalized." They were privatized in 1997.

The government's BNDES development bank has a 34.5 percent interest in the Rio city distributorship and BR Distribuidora already owns 25 percent of CEG-Rio.

Even without the two Rio de Janeiro companies, Enron will have a significant presence in Brazil through its Gaspart subsidiary, which controls natural gas distribution firms in seven Brazilian states.

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