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

About Those 'Robber Barons' Stock Sales

LCG, Feb. 2, 2001 Four California utility executives sold small portions of their holdings in their companies last year, making profits of three or four dollars a share where once they had paper profits of many times that amount, and did so only after their companies had made full public disclosure of their deteriorating financial condition.

Doug Heller, consumer advocate for the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights in Santa Monica, was quick to make a statement. "The Legislature and governor should have thought twice before handing out a bailout to these robber barons," he said.

But are the robber barons really such?

Gordon Smith, chief executive of pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Richard Clarke, a former CEO and currently a director, between them sold 32,500 shares of stock, realizing a gain of only $3.63 per share on average.

It's not as though they were bailing out. Smith still holds about 400,000 shares of stock which are now worth about half of what they were worth last August.

At Edison International Inc., parent of Southern California Edison Co., controller Tom Noonan made a whopping $4.25 per share by tapping into options on 8.300 shares. Chief information officer Mavash Yazdi sold 3,000 shared of Edison at $24.25, but the price he had paid was not available.

At the time of the stock sales, both companies had already issued warnings that skyrocketing wholesale power prices were draining their available resources.

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