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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Con Edison Asks FERC to Keep Lid on Power Prices

LCG, Sept. 29, 2000Consolidated Edison Co. of New York yesterday urged the Federal EnergyRegulatory Commission to institute market reforms aimed at preventing "unreasonably high energy prices" and ensuring that consumers are protected from any market abuses by power generators.

Con Edison is asking for continued price controls, but nothing like the price controls imposed by California politicians in the wake of a few complaints from San Diego. Where the California price cap was lowered from $750 per megawatt-hour to $500 and then to $250, and a lid of $65 put in place for customers of San Diego Gas & Electric Co., Con Edison is asking only that FERC not allow a current wholesale market bid cap of $1,000 per megawatt-hour to expire as scheduled on October 28.

Con Edison's plea came in an investigation of the New York state wholesale power market being conducted by FERC, the New York State Public Service Commission and the New York Independent System Operator. The agencies want to know the cause of price spikes that occurred this summer and what can be done about them.

Con Edison thinks it knows at least one of the causes price gouging by independent power producers. The company said this summer's high electric bills were "a direct result of excessively high wholesale energy costs, a substantial percentage of which cannot be explained by increased fuel costs and the initiation of an efficient competitive energy market."

The utility also called for revised rules for buying and selling power "to avoid severe fluctuations in day-to-day electric prices." Com Edison said the problems and price spikes "suggest a market that needs substantial and immediate correction and enhancement."

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