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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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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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Bush Would Use Eminent Domain to Get Transmission Corridors

LCG, May 9, 2001The Bush administration plans to ask Congress for authority to use the power of eminent domain to establish electric power transmission corridors in the U.S., government officials said yesterday.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission already can use eminent domain for the siting of natural gas pipelines, but has no such authority when it comes to electricity transmission lines. As it is, power companies seeking to build a transmission line must get permission from states, counties, cities, townships, water districts, farm bureaus and many other local jurisdictions.

When a pipeline is completed, the land looks just like it did before it was built, but transmission corridors represent a clear-cut swath through forests and towers visible for miles in open land. Moreover, lots of people believe repeatedly disproved contentions that power lines cause cancer in people living near them.

Transmission constraints have been cited as a major bottleneck in the national and regional power grids and the cause of power shortages in some areas. In California, a short segment of the state grid in the Central Valley the now-infamous "Path 15" makes it difficult to move power from Southern California and Arizona into Northern California.

Talking to CNN yesterday, Vice President Dick Cheney said "The issue is whether or not we should have the same authority on electrical transmission lines " as we have on natural gas pipelines. He said the matter would be addressed in his energy task force report which will be released next week.

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