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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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DOE and B&W Sign Agreement to Develop mPower Small Modular Reactor

LCG, April 16, 2013--The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) announced yesterday that its subsidiary, Babcock & Wilcox mPower, Inc. (B&W mPower), and the Department of Energy (DOE) have signed a Cooperative Agreement for funding from the DOE's Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Licensing Technical Support Program to support the development and licensing of B&W's mPower technology.

B&W's mPower technology is based upon a 180-MW, integral pressurized water reactor design that uses a fully underground containment structure. With the Cooperative Agreement, approximately $79 million, allocated from the first year of the Licensing Technical Support Program, will now be available to the B&W mPower program.

A DOE representative stated, "The Department is pleased to complete this important step in our SMR Licensing Technical Support Program. Our work with B&W mPower will help advance the commercialization of safe and efficient SMRs in the United States. U.S.-built SMRs have the potential to cost-effectively support our nation's energy and climate goals while boosting U.S. manufacturing capabilities and job growth."

The signing of the Cooperative Agreement formalizes B&W's cost-share agreement with DOE, following the selection last November of the mPower America team - comprised of B&W, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and Generation mPower - as the winner of DOE's competitively bid funding opportunity, in support of commercial demonstration of the B&W mPower SMR by 2022. B&W mPower and Bechtel (who together formed Generation mPower LLC) will provide licensing and engineering support for the mPower America Project.

The new agreement shows continued progress to develop the mPower SMR technology. In February, B&W announced that B&W mPower executed a development agreement with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to prepare and support the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) review of a Construction Permit Application for a B&W mPower SMR at TVA's Clinch River Site in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
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