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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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New York State Panel Okays Big Apple Power Plant

LCG, Sept. 6, 2001--New York State's Siting Board on Electric Generation and the Environment has approved a 250 megawatt expansion of the Ravenswood power plant owned and operated by KeySpan Corp., the company said yesterday.

The approval means that construction on the plant in the New York City borough of Queens could start in early November, and that the facility could be on-line in 2003.

Ravenswood, which KeySpan acquired from Consolidated Edison Co. of New York, is already the largest power plant in the Big Apple at 2,160 megawatts, and will be made even larger with the installation of a 250 megawatt natural gas-fueled unit.

"With today's approval by the Siting Board, we look to begin construction on our new Ravenswood plant in November, and to have it operational in 2003," Robert B. Catell, chairman and chief executive officer of KeySpan, said yesterday. "We saw how tight energy supplies were this past summer. The new plant, which will be one of the cleanest and most efficient ever built, will provide New York City with critically needed electric power."

Since KeySpan acquired Ravenswood in June 1999, the company has spent $9 million on air quality improvement projects and turned it into one of the lowest emitting power plants in New York City, the company said.

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