NRC Issues Early Site Permit to Tennessee Valley Authority for SMRs at Clinch River Site

LCG, December 27, 2019--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced on December 17 that the Commission has authorized the issuance of an Early Site Permit (ESP) for Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA's) Clinch River site near Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The ESP closes several site-related issues, including many environmental impacts, for small modular reactors (SMRs) at the site. The ESP is the first issued by the NRC for SMRs and will be valid for up to 20 years from date of issuance.

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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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California Power Authority Goes Green

LCG, Sept. 10, 2001--The California Consumer Power and Conservation Financing Authority, the state's new public power agency, voted on Friday to give its chairman, S. David Freeman, permission to negotiate contracts with renewable energy providers, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.

Freeman said his agency will initially fund about 1,000 megawatts in renewable energy proposals and will build on that as the Authority carries out what he sees as its mandate to build a "strategic reserve" of green power.

"It's important to recognize that by going with renewables first, this agency is willing to put its money where its mouth is," Freeman said in opening the Authority's board meeting. He did not say, however, how much money.

"Over the years the renewables have gotten the music and fossil fuels have gotten the action. We intend to provide action on both fronts, but to be sure no one feels that renewables are second-class citizens as far as the state is concerned," Freeman said.

Aside from geothermal power and hydroelectric power, which have long and successful histories in California, renewables are likely to remain second-class citizens. To date, no solar power installation has produced as much energy as its construction consumed in the first place, and the output of a wind farm is only about 20 percent of its nameplate capacity.

Power from solar and wind installations is significantly more expensive that that produced by nuclear or conventional thermal power plants and must be heavily subsidized by the taxpayer. Backers of those dubious resources are counting on the state legislature to move forward on a bill that would require utilities and other electricity retailers to generate at least 20 percent of their power from "renewable" resources.

The legislation, introduced by state Sen. Byron Sher, a Palo Alto Democrat, failed by a 7-10 vote to clear the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee Thursday, but it is up for reconsideration today.

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