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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Ontario Moves towards New Clean Energy and Retirement of Coal Units

LCG, February 28, 2012--Ontario's power grid operator, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), announced that over 2,600 MW of capacity is expected to be added to the Ontario grid over the next 18 months. The new capacity will support Ontario's plans to shut down coal-fired generation owned by Ontario Power Generation.

The new electric generation capacity includes nuclear power from two, 750-MW units currently being refurbished. Bruce Power expects the Bruce 2 reactor to commence operations in the first quarter of 2012 and Unit 1 in the third quarter. Bruce Power currently operates the Bruce A and Bruce B nuclear power stations, which include six active units and the two being refurbished.

An additional 400 MW of gas-fired generation - plus over 700 MW of renewable capacity - is also scheduled to begin delivering power to the grid over the next 18 months.

To support the new generation resources and the loss of the coal-fired units, the IESO stated a new 500-kV electric transmission line between Bruce and Milton will soon also commence operations.

In December 2011, Bruce Power announced that it will no longer pursue the development of a new nuclear power plant in Alberta. Bruce Power?s President and Chief Executive Officer stated, "Throughout our existence at Bruce Power we've looked at a number of potential business development opportunities. We've decided the new nuclear option in Alberta is not something our company will be progressing further."

Bruce Power is a partnership among Cameco Corporation, TransCanada Corporation, BPC Generation Infrastructure Trust, a trust established by the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, the Power Workers? Union and The Society of Energy Professionals.
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