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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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AEP Talks With FERC Over 2000/2001 Electricity Trading Practices

LCG, August 27, 2003American Electric Power has agree to pay just $45,240 in order to settle allegations of possible manipulative trading practices.

AEP has been under investigation for possibly unethical electricity trading practices such as Death Star, a plan by which imaginary congestion is created on the transmission system with fake transmission requests.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) staff reported that AEPs trading records, while questionable, do not qualify as Death Star trades and thus made the agreement for a $45,240 settlement.

AEP admits no guilt in the process of settling, and a FERC judge and three-person committee must still approve the settlement before it is final.

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