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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British Energy Willi Receive Government Loan

LCG, Sep. 9, 2002--The struggling British Energy will be the recipient of a £410 million ($640 million) loan from the U.K. government, to be repaid with interest by September 27th, according to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

An official who spoke on condition of anonymity said that an extension of the loan had not been expressly ruled out. A deal that had been under discussion between British Energy and British Nuclear Fuels Limited (BNFL) would have lowered British Energy's cost of processing spent nuclear fuel by about $476 million annually. The Treasury, however, blocked the deal at the last minute, under protest by the DTI.

The cost of processing fuel is a delicate issue, as some in the government have considered whether the fuel might be stored instead. Such a change would severely impact BNFL, which is experiencing its own financial difficulties. BNFL lost $3.6 billion last year.
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