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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Xcel and enXco Announce Agreement for North Dakota and Minnesota Wind Projects

LCG, November 4, 2008--Xcel Energy and enXco announced Friday plans to develop two wind projects totaling 351 MW of electric generating capacity before the year 2012. enXco will develop and build the projects, with Xcel Energy seeking necessary regulatory approvals. Once the projects are complete, a utility subsidiary of Xcel Energy, Northern States Power Company, will take ownership.

EnXco will develop the Nobles Wind Project in southwestern Minnesota. The project will have an electric generating capacity of 201 MW and is scheduled to commence operations in 2010.

The Merricourt Wind Project is sited in southeastern North Dakota and will have a capacity of 150 MW and will include 100 1.5-MW wind turbines. The estimated cost of the project is $400 million. The project is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2011.

Minnesota passed a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) in 2007 that includes specific targets for Xcel Energy, including a requirement that eligible renewable electricity account for 30 percent of total retail electricity sales in Minnesota by the end of 2020. Furthermore, 25 percent of the renewable electricity must be generated by wind-energy systems.
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