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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CA ISO Wants District Court to Dismiss FERC's Governance Suit

LCG, September 17, 2002-The California Independent System Operator has asked a U.S. District Court to dismiss a lawsuit brought against it by FERC regarding replacing ISO board members.

As a part of the continuing difference of opinion over energy market control between sederal and state agencies, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission sued the California Independent System Operator August 16 after the ISO board neglected to replace itself or file relevant information with FERC by FERC's deadline of August 15.

The ISO and the governor, as well as California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, find the FERC order to be an inappropriate "power grab" by FERC, and the ISO now says that the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia has not been shown to have jurisdiction in the case.

On Friday the ISO requested that the federal court drop FERC's lawsuit.

Governor Gray Davis appointed its five members to the California ISO board in January of last year. The ISO is responsible for reliability of electricity transmission in California.

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