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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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TVA Board Votes to Retire Over 2,000 MW of Coal-fired Generation

LCG, February 14, 2019--The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Board voted today to retire both the Paradise Unit 3 and Bull Run coal-fired power plants within the next few years. The closures will reduce the TVA fleet electric generating capacity by 2,031 MW.

TVA's CEO stated, "This decision is not about coal. It's about economics. It's about keeping rates as low as feasible. Continued operation will impose significant costs to our customers that can be entirely avoided. When we run the units, which is infrequently, at least half the time they're out of the money."

The Bull Run Fossil Plant is located near Oak Ridge, Tennessee and began operations in 1967. The plant has an electric generating capacity of 881 MW.

The Paradise Fossil Plant is located in western Kentucky on the Green River. Unit 3 became operational in 1970, with a capacity of 1,150 MW. Units 1 and 2 commenced operations in 1963, each with a generation capacity of 704 MW. Units 1 and 2 were retired in 2017 and replaced in 2017 by the natural gas-fired Paradise Combined Cycle Plant, which has an electric generating capacity of 1,025 MW.

Paradise Unit 3 may be retired in December 2020, and Bull Run may be retired in December 2023.
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