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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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Enron May Drop Selling Price to $5 Billion

LCG, Nov. 27, 2001--With the investment community casting growing doubt on the future of Dynegy Inc.'s agreement to purchase much larger Enron Corp. for $8.3 billion, Enron may try to keep the deal alive by cutting its price to about $5 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported today.

Under the stock swap agreement reached two weeks ago between Dynegy and Enron, each share of Dynegy would fetch 3.72 shares of Enron. Dynegy closed yesterday on the new York Stock Exchange at $29.25, which would place a value of $7.86 on each Enron share.

However, Enron closed at $4.01, after trading at all time lows during the day.

The Wall Street Journal said renegotiation of the two-week-old deal, and particularly the exchange ratio for the stock swap, is almost unprecedented in corporate transactions.

Clearly something had to give because of an escape clause in the agreement that give Dynegy the option to walk away from the deal if there is a material deterioration in Enron's business or assets. Recent news has painted Enron as a house of cards, burdened by $13 billion in debt and with relatively few hard assets.

Enron also is attempting to head off a liquidity crisis by negotiating to extend the maturity dates of some of its borrowings, the paper said.

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