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

California Power Costs put Utility $1.97 Billion in Hole

LCG, Sept. 26, 2000--The inability of Southern California Edison Co. to charge customers for the full cost of electric power the company delivers has put the utility $1.97 billion in the hole, according to an 8-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission by its parent Edison International Inc.

Because of electric industry restructuring in California, SoCal Ed sold off its power plants, except for the San Onofre nuclear power plant, and must by law purchase power through the California Power Exchange, where it pays market prices. The same law that restructured the industry placed a lid on the price SoCal Ed can charge its customers for electricity.

The utility pays the higher price at the power exchange and charges the lower price to its customers, a problem that began in May and will continue at least through this month.

SoCal Ed says that its ability to get its $1.97 billion back depends on favorable regulatory actions, as well as such iffy things as weather, the market prices of natural gas and electricity and economic conditions in general.

If it looked like the company was not going to be able to recover the undercollection, it would be required to write off the unrecoverable portion as a charge against earnings. In that case, the company's shareholders -- even those living in Vladivostok -- would be subsidizing California consumers.

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