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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Siemens Energy Receives Mega-Order from MidAmerican Energy for 448 Wind Turbines

LCG, December 18, 2013--Siemens Energy confirmed on Monday that the 1,050-MW wind turbine order it received from MidAmerican Energy Company is the largest onshore wind turbine order in the world. MidAmerican Energy's order consists of 448 Siemens wind turbines for five project sites, with a combined electric generating capacity of 1,050 MW of additional wind generation in Iowa by the end of 2015. Construction activity is underway at each of the project sites.

The CEO of Siemens Energy's Wind Power Americas business stated, "We congratulate MidAmerican Energy on its leadership in renewable energy development in Iowa and the U.S. We are very excited that MidAmerican Energy has again selected us to partner with them on its latest wind expansion projects in Iowa, allowing us to continue to supply U.S.-made blades and nacelles. The size and magnitude of this order confirms wind power's growing importance as part of a balanced energy mix in Iowa and the U.S."

Siemens Energy's Fort Madison, Iowa, facility will manufacture all the blades, and the nacelles and hubs will be assembled at the Siemens plant in Kansas. All projects will utilize Siemens' 2.3-MW, G2 platform wind turbines and will be installed at MidAmerican Energy's 500-MW Highland wind project, the 250-MW Lundgren wind project, the 138.6-MW Wellsburg wind project, and the 117-MW Macksburg wind project. MidAmerican Energy's order also included 19 wind turbines for the 44-MW Vienna II wind project expansion. MidAmerican Energy's agreement with Siemens Energy also includes a service, maintenance and warranty agreement.
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