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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Industry News

PG&E Unit Begins Building Big Arizona Power Plant

LCG, May 22, 2001PG&E Corp.'s National Energy Group, an affiliate of bankrupt California utility Pacific Gas & Electric Co., began construction yesterday of a 1,048 megawatt natural gas-fueled, combined cycle merchant power plant on a site 70 miles west of Phoenix, Ariz.

The Harquahala Generating Plant is scheduled to begin commercial operation in mid-2003. According to the National Energy Group, the plant will provide 35 full-time jobs when completed and will spend between $6 million and $7 million annually on local purchases. The facility will also generate more than $10 million a year in local property taxes.

Among those present at a ground breaking ceremony were Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox and Arizona Corporation Commissioners Jim Irvin and Marc Spitzer. Tom Boren, chief executive of the national Energy Group, presented Wilcox with the first of 11 checks for $50,000 to the Harquahala Generating Community Fund.

Wilcox, in turn, said she was confident that the company would be careful about the environment "in the spirit of good corporate citizenship."

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