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

First Energy's New Wires Unit is First Step to ISO

LCG, Aug. 30, 2000American Transmission Systems Inc., the new wires subsidiary into which First Energy Corp. transferred its transmission assets, will begin operations Friday under its own open access transmission tariff.

The unit, which will own and operate First Energy's major high-voltage transmission facilities, has received approvals from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the public utilities commissions of Ohio and Pennsylvania, and the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Formation of the subsidiary is the first step in First Energy's move to place all of its transmission facilities under the direction of a FERC-approved regional transmission organization. The company has joined with American Electric Power Co., Consumers Energy Co., Detroit Edison Co. and Virginia Electric & Power Co. in proposing a for-profit operator called Alliance RTO.

The Alliance proposal was conditionally approved by FERC last December. First Energy said the companies will make a compliance filing with FERC soon that addresses outstanding issues related to pricing, governance, scope and configuration.

As to the start-up of American Transmission Systems, Stan Szwed, a First Energy vice president, said "We are very pleased to have completed this important step toward our ultimate goal of joining an independent regional transmission organization, offering fair, nondiscriminatory access to our transmission network."

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