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

Avista Corp. to Testify Before FERC Judge on Market Behavior

LCG, April 3, 2003Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Administrative Law Judge Curtis L. Wagner, Jr. will hear arguments April 9 regarding whether or not an energy market manipulation investigation can be closed.

A year ago FERC began the process of investigating possible energy market manipulation. The commission ordered firms to respond to allegations of improper trading. Avista Corp,, among many other companies, has been subject specifically to a five-month investigation by FERC.

FERC investigators earlier found no market manipulation linked to Avista Corporation, and the Commission began the process of closing the file on Avista.

Now a FERC judge must determine whether or not all concerns raised regarding Avista have been met: no evidence has been found to show Avista Utilities or Avista Energy staff knowlingly participated in improper trading, manipulation of western energy markets, or withholding relevant market information during the FERC inquiry.

According to some sources, Judge Wagner has some reservations regarding the possible settlement, especially in light of a report issued by FERC staff recently that may show Avista involved in unfair trading arrangements.

Meanwhile, Avista is positive about the possible settlement and continues to oppose potential California refunds.

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