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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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British Energy Sells Retail Electric Supply Business

LCG, Aug. 7, 2000--British Energy Plc, the largest United Kingdom nuclear power generator, has sold its residential electricity and gas supply business to Scottish and Southern Energy, the Financial Times of London reported this morning.

The 210 million ($316 million U.S.) cash sale of Swalec will allow British Energy to focus on wholesale contract sales and direct sales to industrial and commercial customers ahead of the introduction of new electricity trading arrangements in November, the paper said.

Scottish and Southern has also signed a 10-year power purchase agreement to buy 10 terawatt hours of electricity a year from British Energy for the first five years, falling to 7.5TWh a year thereafter.

Peter Hollins, British Energys chief executive, said the new power trading scheme had made residential marketing unattractive to his company. "Through the deal announced today, we have sold our retail business to a good home and have secured a long-term take-off contract for around 20 per cent of our output in England and Wales," he said.

Swalec has 850,000 electricity and 300,000 natural gas customers. The deal will push Scottish and Southerns total customer numbers to the critical 5 million level thought to be needed to compete in the UK supply market, the Financial Times said.

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