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

Calpine Explores 1,000 Megawatt Fresno Plant

LCG, May 9, 2001Calpine Corp. and officials of Fresno, Calif., are in discussions concerning a 1,000 megawatt power plant the company is proposing to build in the farming center in California's Central Valley

Fresno City Council President Henry Perea said yesterday that Calpine was talking about building the big natural gas-fueled power plant within two and a half years at a cost of $500 million, but was unable to offer other details.

Katherine Potter, a spokeswoman for Calpine, said the company was looking at several Central Valley sites and acknowledged that a location in Fresno "looks promising." She said Calpine has its eye on the valley because, next to Silicon Valley, the need for additional sources of power is more acute than anywhere else in the state.

California agriculture, the most bountiful in the nation, runs on pumped water, and the pumps are powered by electricity.

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