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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Former Avista Trader Fined

LCG, Sep. 13, 2002--A fine of $155,000 was levied on former Avista electricity trader Robert Kristufek as part of a settlement with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission yesterday.

An investigation into market manipulation of settlement prices at Palo Verde and the California-Oregon Border led to the settlement, in which Kristufek did not indicate whether or not the charges against him were justified. The CFTC stated that Avista Energy Inc. "had entered into cash-settled over-the-counter option contracts whose value was based on the daily settlement prices of the electricity futures contracts at issue," prior to alleged wrongdoing by Kristufek. According to the agency, Kristufek "manipulated those settlement prices in order to increase Avista Energy's net gain on its option contracts."

The contracts in question traded on four days in the spring and summer of 1998, on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Related charges were settled last year against former Avista Vice President Thomas Johns and another former trader Michael Griswold. Kristufek has not been with Avista for four years, according to the company.
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