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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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Hydro-Québec Plans to Add 2,000 MW of Wind Power

LCG, June 30, 2005--Hydro-Qubec announced yesterday that the Qubec government has requested the utility to pursue the purchase of an additional 2,000 MW of wind power to supplement its energy supplies. Hydro-Qubec plans to be a global leader in delivering wind power and estimates that its contracts for wind power will total 3,500 MW by the end of 2013.

Historically Quebec has relied almost entirely upon hydro electricity to supply its demand for electricity, with surplus power to export. However, with growing demands, Quebec is currently a net importer of electricity. To bolster local supplies, last July the Quebec government approved the province's first major gas-fired generating facility, the Becancour cogeneration plant, which is scheduled to commence operations in 2007 at an estimated cost of $500 million. The plant, located between Montreal and Quebec City, is deemed necessary to meet Quebec's forecast electricity demands.

Following the approval of the Becancour plant, opposition from environmentalists and locals led to the cancellation last November of another gas-fired power project in Beauharnoi. The 836 MW project, with an estimated cost of $550 million, was targeted to commence operations in 2008 to meet the regions growing demand for electricity. As an alternative to gas-fired generation, Hydro-Qubec has now turned to wind power and improved energy efficiency.

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