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

Energy East to Buy RGS Energy for $1.4 Billion

LCG, Feb. 20, 2001Energy East Corp. said this morning it had agreed to acquire RGS Energy Group Inc. for $1.4 billion in cash and stock, in a move that could help Energy East live up to its billing as a "super-regional" energy company.

The acquisition would create a company with $5 billion in annual revenues and close to $10 billion in assets. The combination of Energy East's New York State Electric & Gas Co. and RGS' Rochester Gas & Electric Co. would give it nearly 3 million customers.

Directors of both companies have approved the transaction, which Energy East will record as a purchase. Regulatory approvals are expected to take about a year.

The two operating utilities' service territories have about 200 miles of contiguous border which is expected to produce about $50 million in annual savings. The new company would have operations in upstate New York, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts.

Under the deal, RGS Energy shareholders would receive the equivalent of $39.50 for each share of RGS stock they own, a 19 percent premium over Friday's closing price on the New York Stock Exchange. RGS shareholders could select how they want the deal handled so long as the overall ratio of cash to stock is 55 to 45.

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