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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SaskPower Prepares for Wind Power Project

LCG, March 7, 2002A wind power project capable of generating 5.9 megawatts will be installed near Gull Lake, Saskatchewan, starting this summer, following SaskPower's selection of Vestas Canadian Wind Technology as turbine vendor and installer.

The installation will consist of nine turbines, and is worth C$10.8 million ($6.8 million US). In addition to the Vestas project, a joint venture of Suncor and Enbridge of Alberta, SunBridge, will have its own 17-turbine installation operating near Gull Lake, by August. That installation will have a maximum output of 11 megawatts.

The SaskPower project is being supported by the government's Crown Investments Corp., and is expected to operate on a cost-recovery basis over ten years. Its output will be priced at C$35 ($22 US) per megawatt-hour. The University of Regina has committed to purchases of 570 megawatt-hours of the project's output, for C$20,000 ($12,640 US).

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