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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Some Creditors Allowed Second Vote on PG&E Bankruptcy Plan

LCG, Sep. 23, 2002--Following a vote tally on competing bankruptcy reorganization plans for Pacific Gas & Electric, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali will allow some rank-and-file creditors to re-cast their votes.

While the recent vote was found to be in favor of the utility's plan, a revised version of a plan developed by the California Public Utilities Commission was supported by the official creditors' committee. Montali has agreed to allow a re-vote in some cases, but has not yet determined which creditors will be permitted to cast new ballots.

The method by which the voting would take place, or at what date, was not announced. Meanwhile, a trial to determine the legality and practicality of each plan will go ahead beginning on Nov. 12.
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