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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Alliance RTO, Midwest ISO Shake Hands

LCG, Feb. 27, 2001The Alliance Regional Transmission Organization said yesterday it has reached an agreement in principal with the Midwest ISO that calls for the continuation of the two RTOs while establishing a single pricing structure and an inter-RTO coordination agreement that will help facilitate bulk power transactions in the Midwest.

The settlement agreement came in proceedings conducted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Stan Szwed, a vice president of First Energy Corp. and chairman of the Alliance management group, said the agreement "represents a true compromise that meets the needs of transmission customers, owners, and regulators. This agreement acknowledges the development of two RTOs with different business structures in the region, while addressing seams issues that will be important to the development of the energy market."

Under the settlement, which must be ratified by FERC, the Midwest ISO will drop its objections to two members, Illinois Power Co. and Ameren Corp., switching to Alliance.

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