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

Recovered Energy Generation Projects On-line in North Dakota

LCG, February 13, 2009--Ormat Technologies yesterday announced that two, 5.5 MW recovered energy generation projects recently achieved commercial operations at two compressor stations in North Dakota along the Northern Border Pipeline. Two more projects are scheduled to commence operations by year-end.

The compressor stations are driven by natural gas-fired turbines, and the Ormat heat recovery systems use heat exchangers to extract the energy from the gas turbine exhausts, which are at a temperature of 800-900 degrees F. The energy is used to vaporize a working fluid to drive a turbine in an Organic Rankine Cycle system designed by Ormat Technologies, rather than a traditional steam system using water as the working fluid.

The use of another working fluid not only enables the relatively low temperature exhausts to support the power generation system, but it eliminates the need for water. The design has zero or near zero emissions, and its fuel is the waste heat from the compressor station.

The electricity generated from the projects is under power purchase agreements with Basin Electric Power Cooperative (BEPC) of Bismarck, North Dakota.

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