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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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TXU Unit to Buy West Texas Wind Power

LCG, Sept. 13, 2000--TXU Electric & Gas Co. said yesterday it would purchase 31.5 megawatts of renewable energy from a soon-to-be-built wind farm in West Texas.

The agreement to buy wind-generated power will satisfy part of TXU's obligation under Texas electric restructuring law to dedicate a portion of its generation portfolio to power produced from so-called "renewable" sources.

The Indian Mesa Wind Farm being developed in Pecos County by National Wind Power of England and Orion Energy of the U.S. will produce 82.5 megawatts of electric power when the wind is blowing just right and all the turbines are working.

Each of the 125 Vesta turbines will sit atop a 165-foot high tower and have a windmill that is 150 feet in diameter. Construction was due to begin this month with power deliver scheduled for next spring.

Steve Philley, TXU electric Energy Supply vice president, said "TXU Electric & Gas is pleased to add the Indian Mesa Wind Farm to our growing renewable energy portfolio. This project further demonstrates our commitment as a renewable energy leader."

Cost of the power, subsidies required to make the cost competitive, projected percentage of potential capacity and acreage required for 125 turbines were not disclosed. No mention was made of additional transmission facilities needed to hook the wind farm to the Texas grid.

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