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

Nicor Energy Defends Customer Choice Program

LCG, Sept. 26, 2000--Nicor Energy Inc., which saw the customer choice program of its Nicor Gas Co. subsidiary suspended last week by the Illinois Commerce Commission, and rebutted claims by an advocacy group that the company had misled the public.

"We're extremely disappointed about the decision," said Kevin Stoffer, president and chief executive of Nicor Energy. "It's Illinois consumers who will suffer from this decision. We believe in choice for all customers, and this decision takes that opportunity away for customers in northern Illinois."

Stoffer responded to disparaging claims made by the Citizens Utility Board, a self-appointed consumer watchdog, which said Nicor Gas switched customers to an unregulated affiliate without making it clear that Nicor Energy wasn't the same as the gas company. "Our marketingprogram has been forthright and thorough," Stoffer said. "All complaints from our customers have been resolved. The few problems we've encountered have been addressed and always, if customers were unhappy about their choice, we've released them from their contract with no cancellation fee."

"We hope the Illinois Commerce Commission will resolve any outstanding issues and will be able to put choice back into the hands of consumers," Stoffer concluded.

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