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

AEP to Sell Texas Plant to Teco Energy

LCG, Feb. 8, 2001American Electric Power Co. said this morning it would sell its Frontera power plant to Teco Power Services, a subsidiary of Teco Energy Co., as part of a divestiture agreement with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in AEP's acquisition of Central and South West Corp.

Frontera is a 500 megawatt natural gas-fired combined-cycle plant located near the town of Missionin the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. The merchant plant, built by CSW subsidiary CSW Energy priorto the merger with AEP, began simple-cycle operation in July 1999 and combined-cycle operation in May 2000.

Teco Power Services, an affiliate of Tampa Electric Co., will pay AEP $265 million for the plant. Closing of the deal is contingent upon completion of a Hart-Scott-Rodino antitrust review.

"This divestiture is important because it allows us to comply with FERC's order on the completion of our merger, but it also provides cash that we will use to pay down debt," said Dwayne L. Hart, AEP's vice president for business development and strategy.

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