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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Illinois Drives Solar Investment with New Legislation and Grants

LCG, August 20, 2010--Illinois Governor Pat Quinn approved legislation Tuesday that will accelerate solar carve-out targets for utilities and reduce red tape for homeowners that wish to install solar energy systems at their homes.

Governor Quinn stated, "Solar energy is the wave of the future, and it is important that our public utilities and homeowners are able to more easily increase their use of solar energy....We must do everything we can to increase our use of solar energy, which will help us protect natural resources and reduce our reliance on traditional energy sources, such as foreign oil."

House Bill 6202 amends the Illinois Power Agency Act and the Public Utilities Act accelerates the date from 2015 to June 1, 2012 for Ameren and Commonwealth Edison to purchase 0.5 percent of their power specifically from solar power generation sources. The requirement increases to 1.5 percent by June 1, 2013; 3 percent by June 1, 2014; and 6 percent by June 1, 2015, and each year thereafter.

Existing laws require investor-owned utilities (IOUs) in Illinois to supply at least 7% of retail electricity from renewables by 2012, with the renewable resources to grow to 25% by 2025. The carve-out requirement for wind is 75% of the renewable resources.

In addition to House Bill 6202, Governor Quinn signed the Homeowners' Solar Energy Act, which enables individual homeowners to install solar panels on their homes without undue interference from homeowner's associations.

The governor also announced a $4 million stimulus grant to support the Rockford Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Project, which will be installed at the the new solar PV panel manufacturing facility of Wanxiang America Corporation in Rockford, Illinois. The facility also received $2 million in state support back in 2009.
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