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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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Florida Panel Backs Wholesale Power Dereg

LCG, Feb. 1, 2001Florida's Energy 2020 Study Commission put a cautious toe into the electric deregulation waters yesterday by unanimously recommending that the state legislature consider opening the wholesale power market to competition.

The commission's recommendation was part of its overall objective of determining the best way to allow all Florida electricity consumers to choose their own suppliers, something the panel feels will take several years.

If the legislature acts on the panel's recommendation, it would open the way for merchant power plants to be built in Florida, including a facility proposed by Duke Energy Corp. in New Smyrna Beach. That project was stalled when the state's three big electric utilities prevailed on the Florida Supreme Court to rule that such a plant could not be built without legislative approval.

Michael Green, general manager for Duke's operations in the southeastern United States, said hiscompany would immediately revive its plans to build the New Smyrna Beach plant.

Commission chairman Walter Revell said Florida must build its sources of electric generation to avoid problems such as those in California, where no new power plants have been built in more than a decade.

The Energy 2020 Study Commission was created by Florida Gov. Jeb Bush last May and has been under pressure to produce a recommendation for this spring's legislative session.

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