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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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Xcel Submits Plans to Commission for Emission Reductions from Coal Plants

LCG, August 19, 2010--Xcel Energy submitted to the Colorado Public Utility Commission its plan to comply with the state's the Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act, which requires Xcel to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 70 to 80 percent from several coal-fired power plants by December 31, 2017.

Xcel's proposed plan will retire 900 MW of coal-fired generation at the Valmont and Cherokee stations by the end of 2017 and 2022, respectively. Furthermore, the 717-MW Cherokee facility will be repowered to use natural gas, which will increase the capacity to 883 MW. Unit 4 of the Arapahoe plant will also be repowered. To further reduce emissions, new emission controls will be installed at the Pawnee and Hayden power plants.

Overall, Xcel stated that construction costs will be $1.3 billion over the next 12 years.

The legislation and proposed plan are opposed by some local communities where coal is mined in northwest Colorado. The Moffat County Commission on Tuesday approved the signing of resolution No. 2010-80 in support of the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado?s (AGNC) response to the petition?s denial by the Air Quality Control Commission of a prior request to allow public input on the emission reduction plans required by the bill. By signing the resolution, the commission will support and participate in an AGNC request for a judicial review of the petition?s denial by the Air Quality Control Commission.

According to the Moffat Commission, the Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act states that it will be "implemented in a manner to address the sound economic health and environmental conditions of energy-producing communities."

Routt County commissioners voted on Wednesday to also join the opposition to switching from coal to natural gas.

Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed the Colorado Clean Air-Clean Jobs Act in April of this year, and the legislation was supported by a broad coalition that included power companies, natural gas producers and conservationists.
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