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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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Excel Energy Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for 200-MW Wind Farm in North Dakota

LCG, September 25, 2015-Xcel Energy will hold the groundbreaking ceremony today for the Courtenay Wind Farm project, located in North Dakota. Xcel Energy acquired the 200-MW project from the developer, Geronimo Energy, earlier this year.

The Courtenay Wind Farm will include 100 wind turbines that will be installed over nearly 25,000 acres of leased property. Vestas Wind Systems announced last week that it had received a the order from Xcel Energy for the provision of 100 of the company's V100-2.0 MW wind turbines.

Delivery of the wind turbines is expected to start in third quarter of 2016, and commissioning is schedule for the following quarter.

Xcel Energy's executive vice president and group president, Operations stated, "We've been the nation's No. 1 utility wind provider in the US for 11 consecutive years, and we are pleased to partner with Vestas. When complete, the Courtenay Wind Farm project will boast 100 Vestas turbines. This will generate enough electricity for about 105,000 homes, making use of North Dakota's abundant renewable resource."
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