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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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New York PSC Directs Further Efforts to Support Retirement of Indian Point Nuclear Units

LCG, April 19, 2013--The New York Public Service Commission (PSC) yesterday announced directives to support the closure of the two Indian Point nuclear reactors, which is one of the elements of the Governor's Energy Highway Blueprint issued last October by the Governor's Energy Highway Task Force.

The Governor of New York has previously expressed his desire to close the nuclear reactors, located about 40 miles north of Manhattan along the Hudson River, when the operating licenses expire in September 2013 and December 2015. The governor has stated that even the most unlikely possibility of an accident is too much in the heavily populated area.

Entergy, the owner of the Indian Point Energy Center, claims the reactors are safe and filed with the NRC in 2007 to renew the operating licenses for a 20-year extension. The two nuclear units have a combined generating capacity of 2,069 MW.

The Commission yesterday addressed portions of the plan filed by Consolidated Edison Company of New York Inc. and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to mitigate the impact resulting from retiring the Indian Point nuclear power plants. As part of that proceeding, the Commission approved contingency program goals designed to achieve demand reductions from energy efficiency, demand response and on-site generation projects, and directed Con Edison to work with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and in consultation with NYPA, to file a detailed implementation plan.

The Commission yesterday directed Con Edison and the New York State Electric and Gas Corporation, working with NYPA, to begin development of transmission owner transmission solutions to resolve reliability issues that would develop if Indian Point were to be retired. In addition, the Commission proposed that costs that would be incurred if Indian Point were retired should be recovered from the beneficiaries of the contingency plan who would otherwise suffer from reliability problems if Indian Point closes without the benefit of the plan?s remedial measures. The Commission also directed staff to issue a straw proposal to best identify these beneficiaries.
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