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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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Kemper County IGCC Project Achieves Commercial Operation of Combined Cycle Unit

LCG, August 18, 2014-Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, announced yesterday that Mississippi Power's Kemper County IGCC (Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle) combined cycle unit has been placed into commercial operation and is now available to serve Mississippi Power customers' energy needs during the remaining summer months.

Mississippi Power's Vice President of Generation Development stated, "This is a major success for the Kemper project, and it's all thanks to the men and women who have worked safely and dedicated their time and hard work to make it happen."

Plant Ratcliffe, located in Kemper County, Mississippi, is a 582-MW, state-of-the-art IGCC facility. The facility includes gasifiers that will convert lignite, mined at the plant, into synthesis gas. The project is also connected to a natural gas pipeline. The facility is further designed to capture approximately 65 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions, which will then be compressed and transported via a new, 61-mile pipeline to inject underground and support Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) operations.

In December 2010, Mississippi Power held the ground breaking ceremony for the project. The plant was originally synchronized to the grid on October 5, 2013 during testing that used natural gas as fuel. Since that time, critical testing has occurred on various components. The project reached two major milestones last month, with the testing of the combined cycle unit and pressure testing of both gasifiers. Testing has now culminated with the combined cycle unit passing all applicable performance and environmental tests and being made available at full output for commercial operation.

Later this year, another key project milestone - the first gasifier heat up ??? is scheduled to occur. The IGCC facility is scheduled to begin operation in the second quarter 2015.
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