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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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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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Duke Completes Solar PV Project in North Carolina

LCG, January 16, 2013--Duke Energy Renewables announced last week that construction of the Washington White Post Solar Power Project, a 12.5-MW utility-scale solar facility, is complete. The project, located in Beaufort County, North Carolina, was placed into service last month.

The power generated by the Washington White Post Solar Power Project will be purchased by the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA) through a 15-year, power purchase agreement (PPA). The facility is Duke Energy Renewables' fourteenth wholly-owned commercial solar farm.

Duke Energy's CEO stated, "This project fits well with our mission to provide affordable and increasingly clean energy to North Carolina. As a merged company, we are delighted to build on Progress Energy's proud history of service and involvement in eastern North Carolina. The Washington White Post solar project further demonstrates our commitment to continuing this legacy."

"With the 11MW of commercial solar power we already generate in North Carolina, the Beaufort County facility more than doubles our solar capacity in the state," said the president of Duke Energy Renewables. "In fact, it is our largest solar power project in the eastern US."

Duke Energy Renewables contracted with SunEnergy1, a solar design, engineering and construction company, to build the 53,000-panel solar photovoltaic (PV) project. SunEnergy1 will continue to operate and maintain the facility.

North Carolina established a Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS)in August 2007. Electric cooperatives and municipal utilities must meet a target of 10% renewables by 2018. All investor-owned utilities in the state are required to supply 12.5% of 2020 retail electricity sales from eligible energy resources and are subject to slightly different rules. The overall targets for renewable energy include technology-specific targets, including a solar carve-out.
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