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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Irish Government Power Auction Begins Friday

LCG, Sept. 20, 2000An auction of electricity generated by Ireland's state-owned Electricity Supply Board will begin on Friday, according to the Irish power regulator.

Tom Reeves, Commissioner for Electricity Regulation, said it was important for the auction to proceed rapidly in order for supply contracts to be negotiated by November 1, an essential step to opening the Irish electricity market to competition.

Reeves said he had hoped to complete the auction, which was originally slated for May, by the end of this month. The process was delayed by an action in Ireland's High Court brought by EPower, a new electricity supplier, which complained that regulations favored some new power producers who are expected to bid for ESB power in order to begin selling electricity while their own plants are being built.

Reeves said allowing future suppliers to bid for ESB power was a necessary incentive for them to participate in a liberalized market.

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