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

Shepards Flat Wind Farm in Oregon Now Fully Operational

LCG, September 27, 2012--The Shepards Flat Wind Farm is now delivering power to the grid in northeast Oregon. The project, developed by Caithness Energy, has a design capacity of 845 MW. Southern California Edison purchased the power output under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA).

The massive wind project, with a 32,000 acre footprint, operates along the Eastern Columbia Gorge in Gilliam and Morrow Counties. The project incorporates 338, 2.5-MW wind turbines provided by GE.

Project investors include Google, GE Energy, and Japan's Sumitomo Corp. In October 2010, the Department of Energy (DOE) provided a $1.3 billion partial loan guarantee through the Recovery Act in 2010.
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