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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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Warner L. Baxter, controller of Ameren Corp. has been given the additional responsibilities of senior vice president for finance, replacing Donald E. Brandt who has chosen to resign in order to provide energy consulting services. Baxter will also be chief financial officer of subsidiaries Union Electric Co., Central Illinois Public Service Co. and Ameren Services.

Allison G. Bridges has been named senior vice president for strategic marketing by the gas pipeline unit of The Williams Companies Inc. She will continue to have responsibility for customer relations and business development for national accounts, service delivery and e-business initiatives for Williams' gas pipeline unit. Bridges most recently served as vice president for strategic marketing.

Linda C. Byus has joined Exelon Corp. as vice president for investor relations and shareholder services, with responsibility for communications with investors and the analyst community onExelon corporate strategy and financial performance. She most recently director of U.S. utility research with Dresdner, Kleinwort, Wassertein Securities LLC.

William R. Doucette has joined the Duke Solutions business unit of Duke Energy Corp. as vice president for sales and marketing. He has previously worked for leading energy and telecommunications firms including PG&E Energy Services, Penn Union Energy Services, AT&T Communications, British Telecom and Contel Corporation.

James C. Moore has been appointed senior vice president of group planning and development by the gas pipeline unit of The Williams Companies Inc. He will continue to have responsibility for acquisitions and strategic planning for Williams' gas pipeline unit. Moore most recently was vice president for group planning and development.

Leon J. Olivier has returned to the Northeast Utilities family as president and chief operating officer of Connecticut Light & Power Co., after a brief hitch as Entergy Corp. senior vice president for the Indian Point nuclear power plant. Before joining Entergy earlier this year, Olivier was senior vice president and chief nuclear officer of Northeast Nuclear Energy Co.

Judy Pensabene has been promoted to vice president and assistant to the chief executivre of Constellation Energy Group, reporting to chairman and CEO Christian H. Poindexter. She joined the company in 1995 as director of federal affairs.

Gary Rainwater has been named president and chief operating officer of utility holding company Ameren Corp., succeeding Charles Mueller, who will remain chairman and chief executive. Rainwater will remain president and chief executive of AmerenCIPS, (Central Illinois Public Service Co.) and will also become president and COO of AmerenUE (Union Electric Co.), itsMissouri-based utility company, and of the Ameren Services unit.

Leonard M. Willoughby has been assigned by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as resident inspector at the Ft. Calhoun Nuclear Station in Nebraska. He joined theNRC in May 1999, and has worked in the Region IV offices in Arlington, Texas, as a project engineerand reactor engineer in the Division of Reactor Projects.

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