NRC Issues Early Site Permit to Tennessee Valley Authority for SMRs at Clinch River Site

LCG, December 27, 2019--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced on December 17 that the Commission has authorized the issuance of an Early Site Permit (ESP) for Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA's) Clinch River site near Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The ESP closes several site-related issues, including many environmental impacts, for small modular reactors (SMRs) at the site. The ESP is the first issued by the NRC for SMRs and will be valid for up to 20 years from date of issuance.

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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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Cape Wind Project Secures $600 Million in Financing

LCG, March 5, 2014--Cape Wind announced last week that it has secured $600 million in financing for its proposed $2.5 billion wind power farm off the Massachusetts coast. Danish export credit agency EKF approved the loan pending due diligence, and the new loan is the project's largest so far.

By the end of the third quarter, Cape Wind anticipates that the remaining financing will be secured. Initial operations and generation could commence as soon as 2016.

The 468-MW Cape Wind project will include 130, 3.6-MW wind turbines located in Nantucket Sound, Massachusetts. The offshore wind farm will connect to the power grid via a 66.5-mile, buried submarine transmission cable system.

The project developer has pursued government approval since 2001 and completed State and local permitting in 2009.

In December 2013, Siemens and Cape Wind signed a major contract in which Siemens will supply Cape Wind its 3.6-MW offshore wind turbines, an offshore Electric Service Platform (ESP) and a service agreement for the first 15 years of commercial operations.
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