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 Dims for New Coal-fired Power Plant in Florida

LCG, July 6, 2007--A group of community-owned, power entities have decided to suspend permitting activities for the Taylor Energy Center until Florida Govenor Charlie Crist presents the state energy policy. The Taylor Energy Center is a proposed 800-MW, coal-fired power plant to be built in Taylor County, Florida.

The decision was reached following the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC) decision last month to not approve the coal-fired plant proposed by Florida Power and Light in Glades County and the development of the new goals of Florida Governor Charlie Crist. Earlier this week, while announcing the climate change summit scheduled for next week, the Governor mentioned that the Taylor Energy Center development was on hold.
Governor Crist took office at the beginning of 2007 and has been moving away from the prior state policy of encouraging fuel diversity, especially through the development of coal-fired facilities.

The Taylor Energy Center was to be jointly owned by four electric utilities: Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA), JEA, Reedy Creek Improvement District, and the City of Tallahassee. With this coal-fired plant, the utilities planned to serve the growing demand for electricity and to diversify their fuel portfolios, which have tended to rely on natural gas. In September 2006, the utilities filed for a certificate of need determination with the FPSC. The project, estimated to cost $1.5 billion, was scheduled to be completed in 2012.

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