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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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Entergy Joins Proposed Southeast RTO

LCG, Nov. 21, 2001--Entergy Corp. said yesterday that it has joined the proposed SeTrans Grid Co. regional transmission organization, a new RTO that would serve the Southeastern U.S. and is backed by The Southern Co., which provides power to nearly 4 million customers in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi.

While the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has said it favors consolidation of the nation's grid operators into four regional RTOs, utilities in the Southeast are reluctant to go along. Southern has said that several small independent system operators would serve the region better.

Southern has also said that setting up one huge regional network to provide what FERC calls "seamless" transmission access and market operations to all participants would require expensive transmission system upgrades that would be passed on to customer's power bills.

Yesterday, Entergy said the SeTrans model "is the best platform to achieve the mutual goals of the various involved companies."

The companies filed a status report on the RTO plan with FERC yesterday, including the information that Entergy has joined SeTrans.

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