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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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Millstone 3 Nuclear Plant Runs 585 Days at 99.9 Percent

LCG, June 5, 2001As Northeast Utilities' 1,154 megawatt Millstone Unit 3 nuclear power plant coasted down for a refueling outage Saturday, the company said that the once-troubled plant had operated for a record 585 continuous days and had turned in a capacity factor of 99.9 percent over that period.

In the early 1990s, cost-cutting was the by-word at Northeast's nuclear plants, with the result that its Connecticut Yankee plant in Haddam Neck, Conn., had to be permanently shuttered and its three-reactor Millstone complex near Waterford, Conn., was shut down at a cost to the utility of more than a billion dollars.

The nuclear "culture" at Northeast changed in 1997 when Michael G. Morris replaced Bernard M. Fox as chief executive and Bruce D. Kenyon, a no-nonsense former nuclear Navy officer was installed as president of the utility's nuclear operations.

Millstone Unit 1 was adjudged too costly to fix, but Unit 2, an 871 megawatt reactor, and Unit 3 were brought back up to standard and restarted. Together, those two units produced 16.4 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2000, Northeast said.

Last August, Dominion Resources Inc. agreed to purchase Millstone for $1.3 billion. That transaction is expected to be completed sometime in April.

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