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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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Uncertainty Delays California Plant

LCG, March 19, 2002-Midway Sunset Cogeneration Company has suspended its plan to expand its Midway-Sunset plant near McKittrick in Central California.

The new construction would have yielded 500 MW, but the company was hesitant to start the large Kern county project, citing uncertainty in California's wholesale electricity market.

The county has four plant projects that have not been delayed, but Assembly member Roy Ashbum (R ) said that only two of the five planned plants in the region will become viable sources of power in the near future.

One of the plants, a ChevronTexaco project, is operating already, produces 320 MW, and after a second phase of development will be fully on-line by July 2003.

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