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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Gradual Increase in Merchant Generation Proposed in Arizona

LCG, Sep. 30, 2002--The Arizona Corporation Commission, which regulates Arizona's utilities and power markets, put forth a plan last week suggesting that an increasing amount of power be supplied by long-term contracts bid by merchant suppliers and energy marketers to supply utilities' needs.

The percentage of utility Arizona Public Service's summer demand to be met by competitive bidding would be allowed to start at 30% next year, for a total of 1,951 megawatts. In addition, must-run power purchase agreements in areas with little surplus transmission could be privately negotiated.

According to an official with APS who was present at a hearing on Thursday, congestion on some transmission lines transmitting power from plants of Pinnacle West, the unregulated affiliate, would require that those plants be given top priority for such lines' use. Possible competitors of Pinnacle West disagreed with such a policy.

Price would be one of several criteria used in selecting bids, according to the ACC's plan. Other considerations cited were reliability, creditworthiness and system-wide benefits. By 2006, the ACC said, 2,898 megawatts of APS' capacity would be subject to competitive bid.
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