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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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Outlook for Mohave Coal Plant Uncertain

LCG, October 20, 2004--The outlook for the Mohave Generating Station remains uncertain, as Southern California Edison moves closer to decision milestones with its 35-year operating permit, which expires at the end of 2005. Expected upgrades required at the 1,580 MW plant are estimated to cost $1.1 billion, including the installation of pollution control equipment required under a 1999 consent decree. If the upgrades are made, the plant could reopen in 2009 or 2010.

The coal-fired station, located on the Arizona-Nevada border near Laughlin, Nevada, is partially owned by the Salt River Project. The plant receives coal via a 270-mile coal slurry line originating at the Black Mesa Coal Mine, operated by Peabody Energy Corp. Key issues include obtaining water supplies from the Hopi and Navajo tribes, who have been unwilling to allow the pumping of groundwater for mining beyond 2005. Southern California Edison has stated that it is not willing to invest in the upgrades without a binding agreement for water and coal for the plant until at least 2026.

If the large, coal-fired, station is shut down, its loss would be noticed, as there is limited base load generating capacity in the region that is not fueled by natural gas.

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