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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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Shareholders Approve CP&L Acquisition of Florida Progress

LCG, Aug. 17,2000--Shareholders of CP&L Energy Inc. yesterday approved the pending acquisition of Florida Progress Corp., with 98 percent of those casting ballots favoring the merger. FPC shareholders followed suit this morning with a 96 percent vote in favor.

The combination will create one of the 10 largest generators of electricity in the U.S., with total capacity of more than 19,000 megawatts. The new company will also be one of the top utilities in the U.S. Southeast, with more than 2.8 million customers.

CP&L Energy is parent holding company for Carolina Power & Light Co. which serves about 1.2 million electricity customers in the Carolinas, and FPC is that of Florida Power Corp., which has some 1.4 million customers in its state.

" Once this acquisition closes, we will have size, capacity, assets and a customer base to put CP&L in a position to effectively compete in any business environment," said William Cavanaugh, chairman, president and chief executive.

" We intend to strengthen those customer relationships and utilize our generation assets to go after a larger share of the region's fast-growing wholesale energy market," he promised.

Cavanaugh will continue in his positions following completion of the transaction. The company will continue to be called CP&L Energy until a new name is thought up.

The acquisition still must be approved by the North Carolina Utilities Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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