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

Calpine to Build 600 Megawatt Wisconsin Plant

LCG, Feb. 14, 2001Calpine Corp. said yesterday its Sky Gen Energy subsidiary will build a 600 megawatt, natural gas-fueled, combined-cycle merchant power plant in Wisconsin at a cost of $350 million.

The new facility, to be called the RiverGen Energy Center, will supply 453 megawatts of capacity to Wisconsin Power & Light Co. under a 10-year contract. The balance of the plant's output will be sold on the regional wholesale power market.

Bill Harvey, president of WP&L's parent holding company Alliant Energy Inc., said "Wisconsin is in desperate need of additional electric infrastructure. Along with Sky Gen Energy, we are taking a significant step forward to help address this critical state issue."

The proposed plant will be located on property adjacent to an existing WP&L generating station near Beloit, Wisc. Construction is schedule to begin this summer and commercial operations are penciled in for the summer of 2003.

Sky Gen president Michael Polsky said "By locating the RiverGen facility at WP&L's existing plant site, we can lower costs, and optimize efficiencies to build a world-class energy resource."

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