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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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Southern California Edison Nearly Debt-Free

LCG, Mar. 1, 2002--Southern California Edison today is expected to pay out about $5.5 billion, removing debt from the utility's books, and taking care of overdue bills from power suppliers large and small.

The payments would be made partly from $3.4 billion of available cash, and from $400 million collected from ratepayers in the last two months. The utility has been working to secure a loan from investment banks worth $1.6 billion, backed by Edison first mortgage bonds, which are secured by its assets.

In January 2001, Edison went into debt after failing to make payments to suppliers for deliveries in November and December of the year just past. If the payments expected today are carried out, Edison would still not be considered creditworthy. It expects to continue to make up for the difference between its collections from ratepayers and the prices at which it bought power through next year. As part of a settlement of a suit SCE brought against the California Public Utilities Commission last year, the state must maintain higher power rates at least until SCE has recovered the difference in full.

"Payment is contingent on closing the financing, but it is still our intent to make the payments tomorrow," Brian Bennet, vice president of external affairs for Edison International, the company's parent, said.
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