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

Washington State Nixes New Gas-fired Power Plant

LCG, Feb. 19, 2001The Washington state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council recommended on Friday rejection of an application for a 660 megawatt, gas-fired power plant to be built in the town of Sumas, Wash., near the Canadian border.

The project was proposed by National Energy Systems Co., which has operated a 125 megawatt plant near Sumas for eight years.

The siting council said the Kirkland, Wash.-based developer "has not shown that the plant would produce direct energy or economic benefits to consumers or lead to lower energy costs in Washington or in the region."

But the real reason for the rejection was opposition from U.S. and Canadian environmental groups who contend that the new plant could add to air pollution in British Columbia's Lower Fraser Valley.

Chuck Martin, a vice president of National Energy Systems, said the new plant would have beencleaner than any similar project operating or proposed. "If we can't permit this, I don't understand whatprojects can be permitted, he said."

The council's recommendation now goes to Washington Gov. Gary Locke, who has 60 days to accept or reject it.

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