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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Hydro Plant from 1800's Likely to Operate Again

LCG, Apr. 11, 2003--A small but distinguished hydro plant on New York's Hudson River could begin producing power again, with the approval of regulators.

The Mechanicville plant began operating first in 1898, and was shut down in 1997 due to a protracted legal conflict between co-owners Niagara Mohawk and Fourth Branch Associates, over whether to retain or sell the facility. Recently, Niagara Mohawk has offered to release its interest, and Fourth Branch hopes to produce power by Labor Day. Niagara has wanted to exit the generation business, while a principal of Fourth Branch, James Besha, had reason to believe that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission would take actions that would lead to the dismantling of Mechanicville.

"This will be its third century in which it will operate," said Besha of the 4.5-megawatt plant. A noteworthy engineer with General Electric, Charles Steinmetz, assisted in the plant's design in the nineteenth century. Mechanicville is found on the National Register of Historic Places. The legal settlement provides for a joint effort to obtain a license for further operations. Should the license be granted, the transfer would then take place.
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