NRC Issues Early Site Permit to Tennessee Valley Authority for SMRs at Clinch River Site

LCG, December 27, 2019--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced on December 17 that the Commission has authorized the issuance of an Early Site Permit (ESP) for Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA's) Clinch River site near Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The ESP closes several site-related issues, including many environmental impacts, for small modular reactors (SMRs) at the site. The ESP is the first issued by the NRC for SMRs and will be valid for up to 20 years from date of issuance.

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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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Utilities Allowed to Borrow for Pre-Payments for Electricity

LCG, Aug. 1, 2003--Utilities will be able to use a low-cost method of financing for electricity purchases that had previously been allowed for just natural gas supplies, based on similar tax treatment by the Internal Revenue Services.

Memphis Light, Gas & Water is one of the utilities that had lobbied to have the ability to issue tax-exempt municipal bonds. In this case, power sales of $1.5 billion were made by the Tennessee Valley Authority to the utility at a discount. Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., a supporter of the measure, noted that "Memphis ratepayers will save money for years to come, and TVA will receive needed cash which it can use to further reduce its debt."

The utilities had wanted to see temporary regulations be finalized this year, in order to assure a supply of electricity at a low price. The low cost comes about due to the purchase being pre-paid, while the utilities' concern about tax treatment had lain in the possibility that the discount would be viewed as an investment-type gain, due to the yield of the bonds being less than the rate of the discount. Arbitrage regulations govern the investment of bond proceeds by issuers. Probes by the IRS that ended last year did not lead to a determination that any violations had occurred.
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