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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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CPUC Upholds Non-utility Power Deals

LCG, Mar. 22, 2002--By a 3-2 vote, the California Public Utilities Commission yesterday allowed large energy customers who signed deals with non-utility energy providers and marketers through September 2001 to continue as "direct access" customers.

The vote was supported by Jeff Brown, Henry Duque and Michael Peevey, Gov. Davis' latest appointee, after the Legislature had not yet produced legislation concerning "exit fees" that would be assessed on direct access customers. The exit fees, which Brown said would be the PUC's priority, would be a way to spread part of the costs associated with the state's power crisis among all customer groups, and would likely be assessed according to actual consumption. Brown said that if exit fee assessments are not sufficient to mitigate the additional cost impact of deregulation on small customers, he would vote to revoke contracts that were signed after July 1, 2001. A previous vote stopped new direct-access contracts signed after September 20th.

Approximately 12 percent of the energy consumed within the service territories of PG&E, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. has been purchased by direct access customers, who include large businesses, municipalities, school districts, and the state university system.

PUC President Loretta Lynch and Commissioner Carl Wood, who voted to end direct access, said that the Legislature's order last year that the PUC suspend direct access meant that the Commission should not try to interpret the law, but implement it. Doug Heller of the Foundation Taxpayer and Consumer Right said of the decision, "they're allowing the very same businesses that pushed for deregulation to escape the problems that resulted from deregulation."

Lynch said the commission voted without a clear legal ability to instate an exit fee. Earl Bouse, who chairs the California Large Energy Consumers Association, and is an executive at Hanson Permanente, a cement company in Cupertino, said that an exit fee as has been proposed by state consultants could wipe out savings realized from direct-access. The fee proposed was 2.395 cents per kilowatt hour, to which Bouse responded, "then it's a question of whether we can continue to do business in California."
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