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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MidAmerican Achieves Major Milestones in $1.9 Billion Wind VIII Project in Iowa

LCG, January 15, 2015-MidAmerican Energy recently completed three wind farms in Iowa, adding over 500 MW of electric generating capacity. The wind farms are part of the 1,050-MW Wind VIII development project, which MidAmerican plans to complete in 2015. The project was announced in May 2013, with an estimated cost of $1.9 billion and planned completion by the end of 2015.

The Wind VIII project includes five wind farms that will use Siemens' 2.3-MW wind turbines. The wind farms placed into service last year are: the 251-MW Lundgren Wind Farm, the 119.6-MW Macksburg Wind Farm, and the 140.8-MW Wellsburg Wind Farm.

In 2013, a fourth wind farm expansion, the Vienna II project, was completed that added 43.7 MW to the Vienna Wind Farm.

The Highland Wind Farm, which is scheduled for completion this year, will add another 495 MW of capacity. In total, the Wind VIII project includes 448 wind turbines, with a combined generating capacity of 1,050 MW.

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