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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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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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FPL Energy Files to Construct 250-MW Solar Power Plant in California

LCG, March 27, 2008--FPL Energy yesterday announced that it has filed an Application for Certification with the California Energy Commission (CEC) to construct, own and operate a 250-MW solar plant in the Mojave Desert. FPL Energy's goal is to add at least 600 MW of new solar generating facilities by 2015.

The Beacon Solar Energy Project will incorporate a concentrating solar power (CSP) design whereby arrays of parabolic mirrors track the sun and concentrate the sun's energy on a heat transfer fluid, which in turn is used to transform water into steam for a steam turbine that creates power. Over 500,000 mirrors will be distributed over the 2,000-acre project site in eastern Kern County.

FPL Energy anticipates that construction will begin late next year, and the project is scheduled to commence commercial operations by the third quarter of 2011, given timely regulatory approvals.

FPL Energy is not alone with its plans to develop large-scale CSP facilities. Last month, Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) announced plans to construct the Solana Generating Station, a 280-MW CSP plant. The Solana Generating Station will be built approximately 70 miles southwest of Phoenix, Arizona and is scheduled to commence operations by 2011. Abengoa Solar Inc. will build, own and operate the plant, and APS will purchase all of the power generated, subject to approval by the Arizona Corporation Commission.
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