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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Salt River Moves Ahead with 825 Megawatt Expansion

LCG, Feb. 16, 2001The Salt River Project, a big public power utility in Arizona established in 1903 under the National Reclamation Act, said yesterday that the Arizona Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Committee recommended in favor of its Santan Expansion Project in Gilbert, Ariz.

Salt River wants to build a 825 megawatt natural gas-fueled, combined-cycle generating facility at its existing Santan power plant in Gilbert which is about 15 miles east of Phoenix. The agency has operated a 300 megawatt plant at the site since the 1970s.

"The committee has taken an important step in reducing the likelihood of future California-styleblackouts in Arizona," said David Areghini, associate general manager of power construction and engineering. "Adding more local generation will help Salt River continue to serve its customers (with) areliable and low-cost supply of electricity."

The Arizona Corporation Commission has the final say on the proposed plant, but last year approved a similar, though smaller, expansion of a Salt River plant in Tempe.

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