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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Southern Energy, Cleco to Build Louisiana Plant

LCG, Aug. 1, 2000--Southern Energy Inc., a unit of The Southern Co., said yesterday it and Louisiana's Cleco Corp. have agreed to jointly develop a 700 megawatt natural gas-fired power plant near Monroe, La. The project would be developed and owned on a 50-50 basis by a joint venture of subsidiaries of the two companies.

In the first phase of the project, the companies would install a single 150 megawatt natural gas-fueled turbine at a site about 12 miles north of Monroe. The turbine, to be used as a peaking unit, is expected to be available for operation by summer 2001.

The peaker would be followed by a 550 megawatt combined-cycle unit that would enter commercial operation as a baseload plant in the summer of 2002. This unit would consist of two natural gas-fueled turbines generating electricity and feeding waste heat to a steam turbine that also would generate electricity.

The companies said plans include the possibility of expanding the plant by converting the original peaking unit to a combined-cycle unit as early as 2004.

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