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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Industry News

Proposed Coal Plant in Montana Deferred

LCG, December February 4, 2009--Southern Montana Electric (SME)announced Monday that it will defer the development of the 250-MW, Highwood Generating Station. The coal-fired project was planned to have been built near Great Falls.

SME now plans to install a 120-MW, gas-fired electric generating facility, together with over 6 MW of generating capacity driven by wind power. The initial, 80-MW phase of the gas-fired facility is scheduled to be operational toward the end of 2011, with an additional 40-MW of capacity coming on-line within the next 12 months.

SME's deferral of the coal-fired power plant resulted from a variety of factors, including: legal challenges, regulatory uncertainty with respect to carbon emissions and related global warming concerns, and hurdles associated with financing the project, which has grown to an estimated cost of $900 million.
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