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

Cow Power

LCG, March 15, 2002--Energy Northwest considers manure as a viable source of electricity.

The public power provider has been investigating the possibility of using methane from dairy cows to power a 3 or 4 megawatt power plant. Cows in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho may be involved with producing "biogas;" the northwest constitutes eight percent of U.S. dairy production.

Right now cows can produce a little less than a third of a kilowatt per cow, although some studies report up to nine-tenths of a kilowatt. Naturally occurring bacteria produces the methane from manure and can be put to efficient use by mixing manure and water in a tank at elevated temperatures (130 F). Methane gas rises from the liquid and is ready to be combusted in a modified diesel generator.

While the fuel may be free, a methane plant will cost almost three times as much per kilowatt as wind power. Energy Northwest business developer Stan Davison said that the cost is justified because manure-powered plants can operate at 90 percent, instead of the 30 percent that wind yields yearly.

Energy Northwest has yet to find investors for the project.

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