NRC Issues Early Site Permit to Tennessee Valley Authority for SMRs at Clinch River Site

LCG, December 27, 2019--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced on December 17 that the Commission has authorized the issuance of an Early Site Permit (ESP) for Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA's) Clinch River site near Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The ESP closes several site-related issues, including many environmental impacts, for small modular reactors (SMRs) at the site. The ESP is the first issued by the NRC for SMRs and will be valid for up to 20 years from date of issuance.

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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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Grid Operators in Northeast Work Together

LCG, March 15, 2002-The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) and Pennsylvania- New Jersey- Maryland Interconnection LLC (PJM) agreed to combine efforts in facilitating power trade in the region.

On Wednesday the northeast operators announced their intent to improve market efficiency by coordinating regulations and resources. They plan to homogenize rules as well as allow for more leeway in decisions, such as which plants will supply a region's regular or emergency needs . Quarterly Reports would be given to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and state public utility commissions.

If the agreement falls through then FERC may mediate further discussion.

As the nation's first regional transmission organization (RTO), PJM Interconnection controls the largest wholesale power market in the world. NYISO and PJM's combined markets affect supply about 41 million people with electricity in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, Washington D.C, and New York.

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