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 Auto Fuel Price Investigation Yields No Manipulation

LCG, April 3, 2003California Governor Gray Davis ordered an investigation of the high cost of gas as prices spiked recently, to no result.

The California Energy Commission conducted a study of gas prices as the cost of gas went above $2 dollars a gallon.

According to Chairman William Keese, the price of crude oil and scattered refinery shutdowns were responsible for the high cost of gasoline.

According to the Commission, as the price of crude drops and as refineries go back to producing at full capacity, the price of gasoline is dropping a little, around a penny per gallon last week.

The commission did not find anything abnormal, although the study was conducted for only 15 days.

Meanwhile, the governors office noted that the first justification from the energy market players regarding the energy crisis of 2000/2001 was market forces. Governor Davis is not ready to lay the gasoline price investigation to rest yet.

Gasoline prices increased an average of $0.57/gallon in California between January 1 and March 15.

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