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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AmerGen Loses Bid for Vermont Yankee Nuke

LCG, Feb. 16, 2001The Vermont Public Service Board has rejected the latest offer by AmerGen Energy Co. to purchase the 510 Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant near Brattleboro, Vt., saying the company's offer for the facility did "not reflect the fair market value of Vermont Yankee and thus cannot, as a matter of law, be found to promote the general good."

The plant's operator, Vermont Yankee Nuclear Corp., said yesterday it wants to work with state regulators to sell the plant at auction, in light of the high prices paid for other nuclear plants in the Northeast.

AmerGen's most recent offer for Vermont Yankee was about $51.5 million, but Millstone in Connecticut recently sold for $1.2 billion, Nine Mile Point in New York for $1.0 billion, Fitzpatrick and Indian Point 3, also in New York, for $1.0 billion and Indian Point 2 in New York for $602 million.

On top of that, the operators say, the 29-year-old plant is running better than ever. In 2000, they said, Vermont Yankee produced 4.5 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity at an average cost of 3.9 cents per kilowatt-hour. That amount of power production would give the plant a capacity factor in excess of 100 percent.

The owners of Vermont Yankee are Central Vermont Power Co. (30 percent), National Grid Group Plc (21 percent), Green Mountain Power Co. (17 percent), Northeast Utilities (14 percent), the Vermont Group (7 percent), other municipal and co-ops (5 percent), Central Maine Power Co. (4 percent) and Cambridge Electric Light Co. (2 percent).

Vermont Yankee provides about a third of the power used in the state of Vermont.

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