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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San Francisco Voters go for Solar Power

LCG, Nov. 8, 2001--San Francisco voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly endorsed using the sun to generate electricity for their fog-shrouded city.

When the votes from all precincts had been counted yesterday, a solar power measure had won with 73 percent of the vote. The initiative will allow the city to issue $100 million in revenue bonds to pay for solar power systems.

Among the backers of the proposition was the anti-nuke activist group Greenpeace. "We think it's historic," said Danny Kennedy, who coordinated the group's campaign in California. He said the nation has "turned the corner and become a leader in the solar race because of this choice by San Francisco citizens."

Supporters of the measure say that within a year San Francisco could have 20 megawatts of solar capacity on the roofs of public building and schools. Another 30 megawatts could be produced by wind turbines scattered around the Bay Area.

While solar arrays produce some electricity even when the sun's rays weakly penetrate a thick layer of fog, wind turbines produce no electricity at all unless the wind is blowing just right. San Francisco can probably count on about 16 megawatts from all those photovoltaic cells and wind turbines.

The city of San Francisco represents a standard load of about 1,000 megawatts. On Tuesday, voters also approved a ballot measure to form a municipal utility and get a divorce from Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

It will take a lot of solar power to keep the lights lit.

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