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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Gamesa and FirstEnergy Move Forward with Allegheny Ridge Wind Farm

LCG, March 28, 2006--FirstEnergy announced yesterday that it has executed a 23-year purchase agreement with Gamesa Energy USA for the power generated by the Allegheny Ridge Wind Farm, which is located in Pennsylvania and currently under development. Phase I of the project will have a generating capacity of 80 MW and is scheduled for completion in early 2007.

The wind farm site is in Cambria and Blair counties. Phase I of the project includes 40 turbines, each with a capacity of 2 MW. The state Department of Environmental Protection recently approved the erosion and sediment control plan, which allows for construction to commence.
Gamesa Energy USA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Gamesa Group, an international company based in Spain that is active in renewable energy and in the design and manufacturing of wind turbines.

Earlier this month, Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell announced that Gamesa will invest $34 million to open three new manufacturing centers in Pennsylvania to construct the wind mill blades and towers and to assemble the nacelles, which house the wind turbines. The new plants will be in addition to the blade plant Gamesa is building in Cambria County, near the Allegheny Ridge Wind Farm site.
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