NRC Issues Early Site Permit to Tennessee Valley Authority for SMRs at Clinch River Site

LCG, December 27, 2019--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced on December 17 that the Commission has authorized the issuance of an Early Site Permit (ESP) for Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA's) Clinch River site near Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The ESP closes several site-related issues, including many environmental impacts, for small modular reactors (SMRs) at the site. The ESP is the first issued by the NRC for SMRs and will be valid for up to 20 years from date of issuance.

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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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Davis Seizes PG&E's Long-Term Power Contracts

LCG, Feb. 6, 2001California Gov. Gray Davis again used his power of eminent domain yesterday to seize long term power contracts between a state utility and generating companies to prevent their being sold to satisfy the company's debtors.

As he did on Friday when he grabbed contracts belonging to Southern California Edison Co., Davis yesterday seized contracts of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. before they could be liquidated by the California Power Exchange.

The contracts, entered into by SoCal Edison and PG&E in the power exchange's "block forward" market, are for electricity at 6 to 13 cents per kilowatt-hour, EnergyOnline Daily News has learned. This compares with prices of 25 cents to 35 cents per kilowatt-hour the companies have been paying in the spot market.

At a news conference yesterday, Davis told reporters "This will ensure that the price of power is a good deal less than it would be if it went out on the open market. Legislative leaders urged me to take this action and I took it."

Davis said the money to acquire the contracts will come initially from the state's general fund.

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