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

Texas Companies Admit Overscheduling

LCG, March 27, 2002-The names of five of the six Texas companies allegedly involved in overscheduling last year were made public on Monday.

Republican legislator Steve Wolens called on the Texas Public Utilities Commission to release the names of companies being investigated.

The sixth company cites market rules and refuses to publicly announce itself, although according to the Dallas Morning News, speculation has been focused on Enron as a likely candidate.

The other five companies are American Electric Power Company, Reliant Energy Inc., Mirant Corporation, Constellation Power Source, and TXU Corporation.

These five companies insist that overscheduling was accidental. Reliant says that the financial implications of their actions are insignificant. Mirant and Constellation have not commented on the size of their mistakes, and TXU announced Friday that it overscheduled by 5 percent and had refunded the $4 million it made from that 5 percent.

The Texas Public Utilities Commission says that the overscheduling has not had any serious effects on consumers. However, since providers are charged for congestion by market share, penalties could be unfairly allotted.

DD> Investigations of last year's market inconsistencies are ongoing.

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