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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FERC Okays Cross-Gulf Gas Pipeline

LCG, Feb. 22, 2001-- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission yesterday gave its final approval to the Gulfstream pipeline sponsored by Williams Companies and Duke Energy Corp.

The new pipeline will carry natural gas across the Gulf of Mexico from Mississippi and Alabama to feed increasing demand in Florida, where as much as 10,000 megawatts of new electric generating capacity is expected by 2007.

New power plants planned for Florida are to be fueled by natural gas and several large existing plants are being converted to burn the cleaner fuel.

The 744-mile Gulfstream project will originate near Pascagoula, Miss. and Mobile, Ala., cross more than 400 miles under the Gulf of Mexico to a point in Florida south of Tampa, and then continue another 300 miles across the peninsula to a terminus near Palm Beach.

The project, which is scheduled to begin delivering some 1.1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day in June of next year, is expected to cost around $1.6 billion.

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