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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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Construction Commences on Enel’s Aurora Wind Farm in North Dakota

LCG, November 27, 2019--Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (“EGPNA”), the US renewable energy company of the Enel Group, has started construction of the 299-MW Aurora Wind Farm in North Dakota. The project is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2020. The estimated investment in the project is approximately $450 million dollars.

Power purchase agreements (PPA’s) for the sale of power generated include a 23-year PPA between EGPNA and Basin Electric Power Cooperative for 142 MW of capacity, along with a 12-year virtual PPA with Gap Inc. for 90 MW of capacity. The electricity purchased by Gap Inc. is estimated to power over 1,500 of its retail stores, equivalent to around 50 percent of the electricity needs of the more than 3,300 stores operated by Gap Inc. worldwide.

The Aurora project is located approximately five miles northwest of Tioga in Williams and Mountrail counties and is Enel Green Power’s second project in the state.
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