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

Avista Gets Environmental Okay to Run Plant Harder

LCG, Feb. 28, 2001Avista Corp. said yesterday it had reached agreement with the Spokane (Wash.) County Air Pollution Control Authority to extend the operating hours of a 60 megawatt combustion turbine power plant the company operates in the city of Spokane. The 90-day extended operating period began February 21.

Avista said the agreement will allow it to use the plant to bring on added generating capacity "during a time of increased energy demand and continued energy market volatility."

Because emissions from the plant will exceed current permit limits during this period of extendedoperations, Avista has agreed to develop an "environmental offset project" to achieve future, verifiableemission reductions in Spokane's federally designated non-attainment areas.

Also as a condition of the agreement, Avista will make an additional contribution to low-incomeenergy assistance funds in its service area. The amount of the contribution will be based on the numberof hours of plant operation during the 90-day period and could exceed $300,000.

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