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

AES May Challenge U.K. Over Aid to Energy Co.

LCG, April 8, 2003AES Corporation, owner of the Drax power station, may challenge the British governments decision to give 2.1 billion pounds in aid to British Energy.

AES finds the financial assistance is unfair because, AES believes, the energy market will be negatively affected and electricity prices will not rise with the market.

Late last year the European Commission approved up to 889 million pounds in aid to British Energy in order to guarantee electricity supply and nuclear safety.

TXU Europe, the large Drax plants major customer, collapsed recently. Its demise forced AES to reconsider its financial situation regarding Drax. AES may participate in a debt-for-equity trade with Drax creditors for greater than 1 billion pounds.

AES is likely to decide whether or not to go ahead with the challenge this week. If the company takes the issue to court, it is likely to file with the European Court of First Instance.

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