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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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Industry News

Wind Power Tax Cut Extended

LCG, March 12, 2002-Legislation signed Saturday gives power producers a two year extension on a wind energy tax cut, the Production Tax Credit(PTC).

Applauded by the U.S. wind power industry, the tax cut will hopefully support further growth in wind power, which has stagnated after a year of record growth in 2001. The cut affects about $3 billion in wind energy projects, $1.7 billion of which were installed last year.

Trade groups say that inconsistent legislation has set U.S. wind energy behind that of Europe but hope to bring wind energy from 0.5 percent to 6 percent of total U.S. energy production by 2020.

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