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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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Zilkha Wind Farm Planned in Washington State

LCG, July 2, 2003--The Zilkha Renewable Energy firm and Caurus Power, Inc. announced yesterday that they plan to install about 100 wind turbines producing up to 165 megawatts in Kittitas County, in the state of Washington, and have secured the rights to develop a 5,000-acre area.

The project, called Wild Horse, would be the second in the county developed by Zilkha, which is also working on a 181-megawatt installation called "Kittitas Valley Wind Power Project." The output of Wild Horse would be sold to utilities in the Northwest.

"Everyone knows that Kittitas County is windy," according to Debbie Strand, who serves Kittitas County's economic development organization, Phoenix Group. Zilkha has already completed a number of studies on land use and wind conditions, leading Project Development Manager Chris Taylor to observe, "We're confident that we have chosen the truly prime windy lands here. Kittitas County's winds are among the very best in the Northwest." An application to the Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council is planned, with a projected date of operation in 2005.
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