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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Lawyers Use Internet to Find Avista Plaintiffs

LCG, Sept. 5, 2000Call it high-tech ambulance-chasing. Lawyers are taking to the Internet looking for plaintiffs who want to sue companies suspected of wrongdoing.

Avista Corp., the former conservative Washington Water Power Co., is a target of a law firm that is rounding up shareholders the lawyers think they can convince there's a pot of gold at the end of the litigation. There often is for the lawyers. There often isn't for the plaintiffs.

One of the many law firms using the Internet to scare up a case against Avista is Berman, DeValerio & Pease, of Boston. It or they warned in an announcement on the Internet Friday that "a deadline is fast approaching for shareholders who want to sue" Avista and five other companies. The lawyers invited shareholders to call in order to learn "your ability to potentially recoup your losses."

Avista made some stupid moves earlier this year and barely broke even in the second quarter, but it is unlikely the company set out to destroy the fortunes of its shareholders. What it did was guess wrong on the direction power prices would take when it sold its 175 megawatt interest in the Centralia, Wash., power plant. Instead of contracting for replacement power, it bet that the price of power would drop and it could cover its shortage for less money in the spot market.

You don't go to jail for trying to fill a straight.

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