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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Nevada May Remove Cap Connected With Renewables

LCG, Mar. 22, 2002--The chairman of the Nevada Public Utilities Commission has proposed revising a rule that has so far capped the cost that utilities and energy retailers can pass to customers in meeting minimum state requirements for renewable generation.

As part of Senate Bill 372, passed last year, satisfying renewable power requirements with wind, photovoltaics, geothermal and biomass was allowed to add no more than 0.05 cents per kilowatt hour in 2003 and 2004.

The decision by the chairman, Don Soderberg, was in response to a group of six assemblymen and six senators, that found that the cap was not intended as part of the law. Public hearings on the proposed rules will take place on May 6, with a vote by the PUC set for May 8. The group of legislators, the Legislative Commission, will then review the PUC ruling.

Nevada electric utilities are required to supply 5 percent of their customers' requirements with renewables in 2003, with annual increases to reach a 15 percent requirement by 2013.
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