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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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Peabody Energy Receives DOE Grant for New Mexico Power Plant

LCG, October 19, 2004--Peabody Energy received a $19.7 million Clean Coal Power Initiative grant from the U.S. Department of Energy fordemonstrating technology to achieve ultra-low emissions at the proposed 300 MW Mustang Energy Project located near Peabody's Lee Ranch Coal Company operations in New Mexico.

The plant would demonstrate on a commercial scale a technology that operates in a manner similar to a traditional scrubber system. The system will employ sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) in the scrubber and is expected to achieve 99.5 percent removal of sulfur dioxide, 98 percent removal of nitrogen oxide and 90 percent removal of mercury. The sulfur and nitrogen byproducts will be used to create high value, granular fertilizer. The plant will use low-NOx burners, fabric filtration and a dry cooling system to minimize emissions and water consumption. The Department of Energy grant will be repaid as the technology is demonstrated.

Peabody's announcement did not include a target operational date or information regarding buyers of the plants output.

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