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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 Considers Decommissioning 1,700 MW Within a Year

LCG, September 24, 2002-The California Independent System Operator may shut down as much as 1,700 megawatts worth of old power plants.

Because older power plants produce more pollution, they must be retrofitted to meet new emissions standards. The cost of such alterations may be too high to warrant the continued operation of some older Californian plants, according to the ISO, and the grid operator may shut down plants as soon as next summer.

Choosing which plants to close will be a difficult process, considering that California does not suffer from a glut of generators and can ill afford to decommission plants offhandedly.

The ISO has not announced which plants it will consider decommissioning.
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