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

Montana Power Sale of Utility Business Approved

LCG, Feb. 26, 2001The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved the sale by Montana Power Co. of its electric utility operations to North Western Corp. of Sioux Falls, S.D., the two companies said in a joint statement Friday.

The deal will cost North Western about $1.1 billion, including assumption of around $488 million in Montana Power debt. Approval of the deal is still required from the Montana Public Service Commission and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

In March last year, Montana Power said it would sell all of its power plants, wires and other electric utility assets and become a telecommunications company. By summer, the company will have also sold other energy related businesses in coal, oil and natural gas, as well as its independent power production operations.

"This will take us completely out of the energy businesses and will leave us as a stand-alonetelecommunications company. Our name will be Touch America," spokesman Cort Freeman said.

It would seem that the name could have been sold along with the other assets.

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