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

House Members Trade Proposals Over Power Market Authority, Oversight

LCG, September 17, 2002--The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's proposals for creating a seamless national electric power market are encountering some criticism from House lawmakers, as they draft specifics for electricity legislation.

The FERC's recently issued rules proposal, standard market design, is far from being derailed, although a prior FERC stipulation that utilities join regional transmission organizations (RTO's) is seen as too stringent. Among a group of Republicans, including Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-La.), and Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.), suggestions have been made that utilities could be awarded incentives should they join an RTO. That suggestion was criticized by Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), as "very generous with the ratepayers money."

Standard market design is seen by some Southern and Western representatives as bypassing traditional state authority over market operations. Tauzin said that a vote on any changes to FERC's proposal would take place by July. Points of disagreement have also centered around a Republican proposal to repeal the Public Utilities Company Holding Act (PUHCA), a 1935 law which was to prevent utilities from acquiring undue market influence.

Democrats such as Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) have stressed what they see as a need for more oversight of electricity trading and financial integrity, while downplaying modifications to FERC's transmission-related rulemaking.
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