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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Arizona Regulators Complain About El Paso Gas Pipeline Allotment

LCG, September 17, 2002-State officials in Arizona have filed complaints with FERC regarding El Paso Corp.'s gas shipping practices, which regulators allege to be unfair.

The Arizona Corporation Commission, responsible for regulating electric utilities and gas pipelines, filed complaints with FERC today, asserting that El Paso has not made its gas shipping practice equitable. On May 30, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ordered El Paso Corp. to change its gas shipping practices in the southwest in order to allow for more uniform shipments. Some gas customers had complained that the company's shipping policies did not allow for sufficient regional access to gas supplies. Previous practices allowed certain customers, those with "full requirement" contracts, to have as much pipeline capacity as they wished, while other customers had to split up the remaining, limited capacity.

Californians asserted that high gas prices, due to limited supply, shared much of the blame in California's energy crisis of 2000/2001. These claims provided much of the impetus behind FERC's May order.

El Paso intends to change its policy starting November 1 and begin limiting supplies to those customers who previously enjoyed "full requirement" status. Those customers, which include Arizonans, will still have part of their necessary gas capacity reserved for them but will be subject to market forces for the remainder of their required capacity.

According to Reuters, the Arizona Corporation Commission asserts that its customers need full requirement status and that El Paso's new allotment is "unworkable, unfair, and discriminatory."

The filing awaits action under FERC docket RP00-336-002.

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