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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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Industry News

Black Hills Buys Enron Power Plant Near Vegas

LCG, Sept. 7, 2001--Black Hills Energy Ventures, a unit of Black Hills Corp., said yesterday it has purchased from Enron North America a 273 megawatt gas-fired co-generation power plant project located northeast of Las Vegas. Financial details were not disclosed.

The project has 51 megawatts of production currently in operation and another 222 megawatts under construction, with commercial operation scheduled for the summer of next year. Output of both the existing plant and the expansion has been sold under long-term contracts, Black Hills said.

Daniel P. Landguth, Black Hills chief executive, said, "This project achieves several corporate objectives. First, by linking the facility to long-term contracts and fuel provision requirements, we minimize our risk exposure while securing significant recurring revenue and earnings streams. Second, the location is consistent with our desire to have generation assets in Western markets with growth potential. Finally, this power project -- our largest to date -- puts us on target to reach our goal of 1,000 megawatts of independent power capacity by 2003."

Landguth said all of Black Hills' plant acquisitions come with long-term contracts. "We are developing a strong generation portfolio without subjecting our earnings to market volatility," he said.

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