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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 Municipals Urge Customers to Save Electricity

LCG, Feb. 8, 2001The Northern California Power Agency, which provides electricity to member municipal utilities in Northern California, said its members have asked their customers to step up electricity conservation efforts, even if they are not at risk of the rolling blackouts that threaten the rest of the state.

Every megawatt saved by the municipals is a megawatt that can be sold to the California Independent System Operator to keep lights on elsewhere.

The NCPA says the next round of blackouts could be the toughest yet. So far, rolling blackouts have only occurred in Northern California, and have affected only about 5 percent of the population. If power suppliers quit furnishing electricity to the state's investor-owned utilities or to Cal-ISO, things could get a lot worse, the agency said.

"As locally owned municipal power agencies, we are not part of the larger investor-ownedelectricity system that has been experiencing reliability and price difficulties," explained JohnFistolera, a spokesperson for the NCPA. "But just because we aren't experiencing the problemsdoesn't mean we can't be part of the solution."

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