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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Calpine Adds 350 Megawatts at South Carolina Plant

LCG, Sept. 6, 2001--Calpine Corp. said yesterday it has commissioned a 350 megawatt expansion of its Broad River Energy Center in Gaffney, S.C., bringing the peaking facility up to 890 megawatts of capacity.

Carolina Power & Light Co. has agreed to buy the entire output of the plant under a long-term contract, Calpine said. The first 540 megawatts, consisting of three combustion turbines, began commercial operation in June of last year. Two more combustion turbines were added in the expansion.

Bob Alff, senior vice president and head of Calpine's eastern region, said "We are extremely pleased to have an additional 350 megawatts of capacity available in time to help meet peak summer demands on the CP&L system."

Alff pointed out "This represents another strong step forward in our development of a diversified generating portfolio in the dynamic Southeast power market."

Including the Broad River expansion, Calpine currently operates 1,200 megawatts of combined base load and peaking capacity in the Southeast, in addition to 3,500 megawatts currently under construction and 2,700 megawatts in advanced stages of development.

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