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

North Carolina Approves CP&L-Florida Progress

LCG, Aug. 23, 2000--The North Carolina Utilities Commission yesterday approved CP&L Energy Corp.s pending acquisition of Florida Progress Corp. leaving only the Securities and Exchange Commission approval needed to complete the transaction.

The commission extracted some concessions from CP&L before giving the merger the green light. As part of the approval order, CP&L will provide a total of $29.5 million in rate reductions for its North Carolina customers. The reductions include rate cuts totaling $19.5 million over years 2002 to 2005 and a one-time reduction of $10 million in fuel costs to settle the fuel case for this year.

The commission also included a series of conditions designed to protect North Carolina customers from any adverse effects of combination of the two companies.

"The combination of CP&L and Florida Progress will benefit both customers and shareholders," predicted CP&L chief executive William Cavanaugh.

The companies expect to close the deal this fall.

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