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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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California Power Producers Didn't Hold Back, FERC Says

LCG, Feb. 5, 2001Charges that California's independent power producers deliberately shut down plants with the objective of driving up the price of electricity are unfounded, according to a report released Friday by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

"FERC staff did not discover any evidence suggesting the audited companies were schedulingmaintenance or incurring outages in an effort to influence prices," the report said.

"Rather the companies appeared to have taken whatever steps necessary to bring the generating facilities back on-line as soon as possible by accelerating maintenance and incurring additional expenses," the study continued. "Also, the outages did not correlate to the movement of prices on any given day."

An investigation had been demanded by California regulators seeking a reason for the power shortages which have gripped the state since last spring.

FERC said its investigators found that many plants were shut down as a result of their owners keeping them running earlier in the year when the state's transmission operator first began to feel the impact of power shortages.

Jan Smutny-Jones, executive director of the power producers' trade group, said Friday "Hopefully, today's FERC report will quiet those who have tried to blame the producers for the crisis, when in fact we have been and continue to be an important part of the solution to California'senergy woes."

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