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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Magnolia Power Plant Approaches Commercial Operations

LCG, June 10, 2005--Six Southern California cities celebrated late last week the completion of the Magnolia Power Plant, a 310-MW, electric generating station located in Burbank, California. Commercial operations of the $234 million plant are scheduled to begin next month.

On behalf of the six participating cities, the Southern California Public Power Authority, a joint powers agency, is serving as the projects owner and financing agent. The generation from the plant will be divided amongst the following cities: Anaheim, Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, Cerritos, and Colton. Each city will schedule their own power output with Burbank for every hour of every day.

The plant will provide a source of power located near the electric loads of the cities, which will reduce reliance on long-distance transmission lines and susceptibility to transmission congestion.

The new, gas-fired, combined-cycle plant is located on the same site where a power plant was built in 1941. The new plant will use reclaimed water from a wastewater treatment plant for cooling and will have zero liquid discharges from the plant. In base-load operation, the unit will generate 242 MW. With the use of duct firing and steam injection, plant capacity can be increased up to 310 MW to meet peak demands.

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