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

KCP&L Sells Some Colorado Gas Assets

LCG, Sept. 21, 2000--Kansas City Power & Light Co. said yesterday hat its natural gas development subsidiary would sell about 24,000 acres of producing natural gas properties to EvergreenResources Inc. for $70 million in cash, $100 million in mandatory redeemable preferred stock and $6 million in Evergreen common stock.

The properties KLT Gas Inc. has agreed to sell to Evergreen are located in the Raton Basin of Colorado and represent about fifteen percent of the Company's current natural gas development acreage, the company said.

Gregory J. Orman, chief executive of KLT, said "We have developed these properties to the stage where they are an excellent fit for the buyer, which has allowed us to sell the assets and redeploy the capital in other high growth opportunities."

The transaction will produce a gain of between 60 cents and 80 cents per share for KCP&L, depending on accounting treatment. Bernie Beaudoin, president of the Kansas City utility, said "The significant gain on the sale of these properties demonstrates our ability to create value. We envision a continuous process of recognizing gains for our shareholders through these kinds of transactions."

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