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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U.K. Opens Way for Large Increases in Windpower

LCG, July 24, 2003--An increase in offshore wind generation is being sought by the U.K. government, which announced that invitations will be made to bid on options to lease sites that could see the installation of 1,500 turbines over 100 meters in height.

Previous proposals regarding electricity generation from wind had represented one-fourth as much capacity as the current one. The announcement by the trade and industry secretary indicated that construction could create 20,000 jobs related to construction and engineering, and that the plans would enable progress on reaching a 10 per cent minimum requirement for renewable power by 2010.

Bidders for the sites, in three coastal areas up to 10 kilometers from shore, may include oil companies and power providers such as PowerGen, Innogy, Scottish and Southern & Scottish Power. While wind developers and Greenpeace, the environmental group, heralded the significant boost in support for wind technology, Vince Cable, a Liberal Democrat, noted that a variety of renewable technologies, including tidal and solar power, should be supported through regulatory means, and that a single source should not be the entire focus of such development.
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