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

Washington Okays Avista Cost Recovery Plan

LCG, May 25, 2001--The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission has approved an unopposed settlement agreement reached last month between Avista Corp., the staff of the WUTC, the Public Counsel Section of the Washington Attorney General's Office and the Industrial Customers of Northwest Utilities.

Under the agreement, Avista will be able to extend to February 2003 a deferred accounting method that will allow it to weather a period of power shortages without increasing rates to its customers, the company said this morning.

Avista said it expects to be in a surplus power position next year and the revenues from surplus power sales are expected to offset power costs the company has been incurring since July of last year. The company said it anticipates reducing the power-cost deferral balance to zero by the end of February 2003.

In its order, the commission said "Our approval of the Settlement Stipulation offers significant potential that Avista will not seek any increase in rates to its customers related to power supply costs despite the volatility of wholesale power markets in our region during recent periods."

Gary G. Ely, Avista's chief executive, said his company has "worked extremely hard to shield our customers from the substantial electric rate increases that others throughout the region are already experiencing."

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