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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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Regulators to Review Florida Power & Light Base Rates

LCG, May 16, 2001The Florida Public Service Commission yesterday approved a staff recommendation that it conduct a full review of the base rates of Florida Power & Light Co., the operating subsidiary of FPL Group Inc.

Once the regulators make their initial filings, FPL will have until August 15 to provide financial information.

"We are disappointed that the Commission decided to initiate a rate proceeding to review FPL's rates. This action is a step back from incentive-based regulation to the time-consuming and costly rateproceedings of years past," grumped Paul Evanson, president of the utility.

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"We believe our current three-year revenue-sharing agreement, which still has one year to run, hasalready provided significant savings of more than $800 million for our customers. Embarking on acollaborative process aimed toward a new incentive-based agreement would have yielded far betterresults for our customers," he added.

Separately, FPL said it, Florida Power Corp. and Tampa Electric Co. have requested that the commission open a separate generic docket to address issues related to their participation in a regional transmission organization the call GridFlorida. The companies say they are forming the RTO in response to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission orders.

The commission deferred consideration of the utilities' motion, which also upset Evanson. "Without resolution of the PSC's concerns associated with GridFlorida, the participants will re-evaluate the timing and developmental plans for the RTO," he said.

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