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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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Bankruptcy Court Tentatively Approves PG&E Utility Disclosure

LCG, July 31, 2003Yesterday a federal bankruptcy judge conditionally approved Pacific Gas & Electric utilitys most recent disclosure regarding its reorganization plan.

Pacific Gas & Electric Company, a subsidiary of the PG&E Corporation, filed for bankruptcy protection in April of 2001. The company could not match the high cost of wholesale power with controlled retail prices.

Since that time, the court, creditors and the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) have endeavored to come up with a reasonable reorganization plan for the utility. Pacific Gas & Electric wanted to split its assets into several companies, most of which would fall outside of Californias control. The PUC believed that the utility should stay in-state while emerging from court protection.

California regulators and the utility came to an agreement last month over the companys reorganization, and now the court has conditionally approved the most recent disclosure statement describing the plan.

The conditional approval is expected to be finalized this week as language in the disclosure needs minor additions, according to Pacific Gas & Electric spokesperson Ron Low.

After approval, the plan will be sent to the utilitys creditors for a vote, conducted between August 15 and September 29.

According to the latest version of the possible reorganization, the utility will meet its obligations by using money from retail electricity rates and by doing without dividends.

Regulators, the PG&E Corporation, and the utility will all have to approve the plan before it can be made official. Public hearings will be held prior to the PUCs approval, and approval has to come before the end of the year for the settlement to remain viable.

The utility has roughly $12 billion of debt, $3 billion of which it has already made in profit since April 2001 because its retail rates are higher than current wholesale prices.

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