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

Calpine Plant Approved But Company Awaits Contract

LCG, September 12, 2002-California regulators approved a new 600-megawatt plant this week, but Calpine has announced it will not build until it signs a power contract.

The gas-fired Russell City Energy Center will be built some 16 miles southeast of Oakland and is expected to begin operations by spring of next year.

Calpine officials said yesterday that the low cost of wholesale electricity prevents the company from beginning construction on the Russell Center until power purchasing contracts are made.

The natural electricity purchaser for the region is Pacific Gas & Electric utility, subsidiary of the PG&E Corporation. Unfortunately, the utility filed for bankruptcy last year and requires bankruptcy court approval in order to buy power. In a step to facilitate purchasing in the power-starved region, the California Public Utilities Commission has recently allowed the not-so-creditworthy utility to take part in five-year contracts as long as they are backed by the Department of Water Resources.

Calpine acknowledges that the CPUC allowance may help to expedite the process, but the company has also been discussing contracts with other interested agencies and municipalities.
Located in San Jose, California, Calpine Corporation owns over 70 power plants, supplying over 16,000 MW in capacity nationwide.

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