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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California Assembly Passes RPS Legislation with Target of 50% Renewables by 2030

LCG, September 23, 2015-The California State Assembly on September 11 passed legislation (SB 350) by a vote of 51-26 to raise the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) goal for procurement of renewable resources from 33 percent in 2020 to 50 percent by the end of 2030. The legislation, the Clean Energy and Reduction Act, is expected to be signed by Governor Brown by the end of the month.

The Clean Energy and Reduction Act includes requirements for the doubling of energy efficiency savings in electricity and natural gas by retail customers by 2030.

The 50 percent renewable energy standard will be implemented by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for investor-owned utilities (IOUs) and other retail sellers that are subject to CPUC jurisdiction. The California Energy Commission (CEC) will implement the standard for publicly-owned utilities (POUs).

The legislation sets forth a process to implement and evaluate procurement plans, including an annual renewable energy procurement plan that each retailer of electricity must provide. The retailers are called upon to provide integrated resource plans (IRP) for approval.
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