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

Reliant Begins Building Las Vegas Area Powerhouse

LCG, Nov. 15, 2001--Reliant Energy Wholesale Group said yesterday it has begun construction of a 550 megawatt generating station that will serve power markets in Nevada and the West beginning in late 2003.

Reliant's Bighorn power plant is being built near Primm, Nev., about 35 miles south of Las Vegas.

"Reliant Energy Bighorn is part of a long-term solution to the problems that the western states have experienced with power shortages and price volatility," said Steve Letbetter, chief executive of Reliant Resources, the wholesale group's parent.

The company said that the Bighorn plant, like all Reliant plants in Nevada, will employ "dry cooling" to conserve water, a scarce commodity in southern Nevada. Reliant also said the plant willmeet or exceed all state and federal requirements for air and water quality.

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