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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Industry News

Enron Planning Kyushu Coal-Fired Plant

LCG, Aug. 17, 2000--Enron Corp. is planning to build a coal-fired power plant near Omuta on the southwestern Japanese island of Kyushu, the Kyodo news service reported this morning.

Owning its own generating facilities would allow the U.S. company to market power in the increasingly open Japanese market without dealing with one of Japans 10 electric utilities. No size was given for the plant, but Kyodo speculated that it would be in the 100 megawatt range, small for Enron.

Non-utility power producers have been allowed to market electricity to large industrial and commercial customers since March.

Enron would pursue development of the plant through its Tokyo-based affiliate E Power Corp. but sources in Japan said it would be a long row to hoe. The project would be unlikely to begin until completion of "necessary procedures" such as land purchases, environmental hearings and obstructionist red tape common to foreign undertakings in Japan.

The sources said the process could take three to five years just to get approval of the project.

Kyodo said it inquired of E Power about the location of the plant. "No final candidate for the plants location has been picked yet as surveys are being conducted from Hokkaido to Kyushu," an E Power official said.

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