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NRC Issues Early Site Permit to Tennessee Valley Authority for SMRs at Clinch River Site

LCG, December 27, 2019--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced on December 17 that the Commission has authorized the issuance of an Early Site Permit (ESP) for Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA's) Clinch River site near Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The ESP closes several site-related issues, including many environmental impacts, for small modular reactors (SMRs) at the site. The ESP is the first issued by the NRC for SMRs and will be valid for up to 20 years from date of issuance.

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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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AEP's Dresden Plant Begins Commercial Operations

LCG, February 3, 2012-American Electric Power (AEP) announced Wednesday that commercial operation of the Dresden power plant has commenced. The 580-MW, combined-cycle facility is fueled by natural gas and is located near Dresden, Ohio. According to AEP, natural gas now accounts for 24 percent of AEP's total generating capacity.

AEP's president and chief executive officer stated, "This is another step in the transformation of AEP's generating fleet as we continue to diversify our fuel mix to improve our environmental footprint and provide economical electricity for our customers. Natural gas will become an increasing part of AEP's generating portfolio in the coming decades as a result of the development of shale gas reserves and new environmental regulations, but we continue to believe our company and our nation need a diverse electricity generating portfolio that also includes investment in cleaner coal technologies, nuclear and renewable power."

AEP purchased the partially constructed facility in 2007 for approximately $85 million through its AEP Generating Company subsidiary from Dresden Energy LLC, a subsidiary of Dominion. In January 2011, AEP accelerated construction, and total costs for the plant were approximately $366 million.

The Dresden plant will supply power to AEP's Appalachian Power customers in West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee.
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