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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ITC Great Plains Receives Siting Approval for Phase II of KETA Project

LCG, July 2, 2010--The Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) on June 30 granted the siting permit and approved the 85-mile, 345-kV electric transmission line proposed by ITC Great Plains, LLC for Phase II of the KETA project. The project is designed to improve the reliability of the regional grid and increase transmission capacity to export wind power from Kansas.

The 345-kV KETA (Kansas Electric Transmission Authority) Project will extend approximately 225 miles from Spearville, Kansas north to Axtell, Nebraska and will be built in three phases: Spearville to the Post Rock substation near Hays; Post Rock to the Kansas-Nebraska border; and from the Kansas-Nebraska border to Axtell. ITC Great Plains will build the first two segments, from Spearville to the Nebraska border. The Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) will build the third, 51-mile segment, from the Kansas-Nebraska border north to Axtell, where it will interconnect with an NPPD substation.

The Phase I, 89-mile route from Spearville to Hays was approved by the KCC in July 2009.

ITC Great Plains filed its Application for Phase II on March 2, 2010.

The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) endorsed addition of the KETA Project to the SPP Transmission Expansion Plan (STEP) as an approved, technically viable, economic upgrade. By virtue of the proposed line being approved as part of the SPP balanced portfolio, this line will be funded on a regional basis under the SPP Open Access Transmission Tariff and will be included in the regional postage stamp cost allocation methodology that allocates the transmission revenue requirement for the project across the SPP region.
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