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

New 300-MW Coal Unit Dedicated in Missouri

LCG, November 17, 2010--City Utilities of Springfield (CU) last Wednesday dedicated and synched to the grid Southwest Power Station Unit 2, a 300-MW coal unit located in Springfield, Missouri. Following additional testing, commercial operation is scheduled to commence in early January.

The coal-fired project, which cost $697 million (including financing), was built following persistent opposition to the plant. Springfield voters turned down the municipal power project in August 2004, but later approved the project in June 2006.

The President and CEO of the American Public Power Association attended the event and stated, "We are currently having a national debate about the merits of different power resources - coal, natural gas, renewable, nuclear and energy efficiency. But the fact, is that we need all of them, including coal, to maintain a diverse, reliable power supply. The state-of-the art technology built into SW2 assures that its power will not only be affordable and reliable, but will also meet the strictest emissions standards."

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