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NRC Issues Early Site Permit to Tennessee Valley Authority for SMRs at Clinch River Site

LCG, December 27, 2019--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced on December 17 that the Commission has authorized the issuance of an Early Site Permit (ESP) for Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA's) Clinch River site near Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The ESP closes several site-related issues, including many environmental impacts, for small modular reactors (SMRs) at the site. The ESP is the first issued by the NRC for SMRs and will be valid for up to 20 years from date of issuance.

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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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Australian Power Prices Spike as Output Falls

LCG, Feb. 21, 2001Electricity prices in the Australian states of Victoria and South Australia shot up abruptly during a summer heat wave as output from the 2000 megawatt Loy Yang A power plant was cut by half.

Loy Yang's operators said the reduction in output to a low of around 1,055 megawatts was caused by failure of the market operator to dispatch its available capacity.

Wholesale power prices had been about $20.00 (U.S.) per megawatt-hour when the effects of the heat wave caused them to rise. At the same time, the transmission interconnector between Victoria and neighboring state New South Wales was close to capacity, shutting out generators in New South Wales.

This brought about a flurry of rebidding, or moving significant amounts of power toward higher prices, a Loy Yang spokesman attempted to explain. Prices then soared to almost $2,400 (U.S.) per megawatt-hour.

The activity caused the market operator to overlook Loy Yang, the spokesman said, and the power was cut back. "If the market dispatcher doesn't dispatch us, then (the power) doesn't go," he said.

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