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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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Dominion Virginia Acquires Calpine Interest in Plant

LCG, August 4, 2003--Calpine has arranged to sell its 50 percent interest in the Gordonsville power plant to Dominion Virginia, which currently purchases power from the plant under a long-term contract.

The deal was considered necessary by Calpine to improve its liquidity. It will realize a cash payment of $31.5 million, part of which is a $5.5 million return of debt-service reserve from the project.

The deal will need to be granted regulatory approval before being finalized. According to Calpine's spokeswoman Katherine Potter, Dominion Virginia, a subsidiary of Dominion Resources Inc., plans to pay off $44 million of non-recourse debt connected with the project that it would assume as part of the sale.
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