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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NextEra Energy Resources Commissions Blythe and McCoy Solar Energy Centers in California

LCG, November 14, 2016--NextEra Energy Resources last Thursday commissioned the Blythe and McCoy Solar Energy Centers, located in southeastern California. The adjacent projects use solar photovoltaic (PV) systems that together provide an installed capacity of 485 MW.

"These projects represent a more than $1.2 billion investment in California and a tremendous step forward to help the state meet its renewable energy goals," said the president and CEO of NextEra Energy Resources, which built and will own and operate the projects. "We are very pleased to bring these solar energy centers online to help serve the state and boost the local economy."

The 235-MW Blythe and 250-MW McCoy Solar Energy Centers will generate carbon-free electricity from solar arrays that cover over 4,000 acres of land in Riverside County, California, where much of the land is managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The two projects utilize more than 4 million solar PV panels with trackers to follow the sun each day to maximize energy production. The power output from the projects is under contract with Southern California Edison and Kaiser Permanente.

Kaiser Permanente executed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with NextEra Energy Resources for 110 MW from the Blythe solar facility. The project supports Kaiser Permanente's goal of becoming carbon net positive by 2025.

Kaiser Permanente's environmental stewardship officer stated, "Climate change is inextricably linked to the health of our communities. Increased rates of asthma and other lung ailments, economically crippling droughts and the trauma of extreme weather events are some examples of the impacts we're already seeing. As a health care provider, we must be a leader in eliminating practices that can negatively impact environmental and human health."
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