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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TVA, Midwest ISO and PJM Act to Improve Coordination of Grid

LCG, April 26, 2005--The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator (Midwest ISO), and PJM Interconnection (PJM) have agreed to enhance the management, operation and facility planning of their combined electric transmission grid. The three organizations operate a grid that encompasses transmission lines in all or parts of 25 states, the District of Columbia, and the Canadian province of Manitoba, with a combined peak load of 264,000 MW.

Late last week, the three organizations executed a Joint Reliability Coordination Agreement (JCRA) to improve congestion relief and the management of the reliability of seams between the wholesale electricity markets of the Midwest ISO, PJM and TVA's service territory. To achieve this objective, the organizations will share key operating information and extensive planning data to ensure that all three parties have the best information possible to support operations and to analyze and model the integrated operations of the combined grid.

PJM, TVA and the Midwest ISO have also agreed to schedule joint transmission planning sessions to further reliability goals and economic facility expansions and upgrades across their integrated grid.

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