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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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Fitchburg G&E Asks Massachusetts for Rate Hike

LCG, May 29, 2001--Fitchburg Gas & Electric Light Co. subsidiary has asked Massachusetts regulators for authority to increase electric rates to compensate for higher purchased power costs, the utility's parent holding company said Friday.

FG&E asked the Massachusetts Department of Energy and Telecommunications for permission to increase its standard offer service rates. Standard offer service is provided to customers who have not switched to a competitive service provider under the state's deregulation scheme.

When Massachusetts deregulated its electric industry, it created standard offer service for customers of record on March 1, 1998 who either could not switch or chose not to. Another form of service, electric default service, was created for customers who moved into a utility's service territory after March 1, 1998, or who had switched and them switched back to FG&E. Default service customers get power at market rates, without a markup being applied by the utility.

Because standard offer service rates have been below market rates, about 80 percent of FG&E customers get that service. The requested rate hike would result in an increase of between 9 and 13 percent, but the new rates would still be less than the market rate, according to utility spokeswoman Stephanye Schuyler.

If the increase is granted, a typical residential customer using 500 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month will see an increase of $6.15, or 9.3 percent. The rate hike would go into effect on July 1.

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