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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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Largest Wind Farm to be Built in Washington State

LCG, March 15, 2002-Energy Northwest announced plans to build the largest American wind farm to supply public power in the Northwest.

37 turbines will comprise the 48 megawatt, $70 million endeavor. Turbines, mounted on 195 foot towers, will occupy 5,000 acres south of Kennewick, Washington. Power will be generated at wind speeds reaching 7 mph or more, although maximum capacity will be reached at 35 mph.

Eight Public Utility Districts of nearby counties have invested in the project: Okanogan, Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Grays Harbor, Lewis, and Mason counties. The turbines should be constructed and running by August.

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