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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Federal Judge Orders NRG to Keep Supplying CL&P

LCG, July 1, 2003U.S. District Judge Richard Casey denied NRGs motion to cease providing electricity to Connecticut Light and Power.

Northeast Utilities Connecticut Light & Power currently gets 45 percent of its power from NRG.

NRG, part of bankrupt Xcel Energy Incorporated, notified CL&P that it would stop providing electricity to the utility because the company said it lost $500,000 per day by doing so. The three year contract between the company and utility is valid until the last day of this year.

CL&P asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to prevent NRG from ending its contract with the utility, and FERC initially ordered the contract to be upheld until a decision could be made.

While the court responsible for NRGs Chapter 11 filing has found that NRG could exit its contract, FERC again forced the company to uphold service to CL&P last week. NRG tried to stop FERCs order by going to the U.S. District Court of Manhattan, where Judge Casey ruled that, according to the Federal Power Act, only the federal Court of Appeals could upend FERCs decision.

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