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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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PG&E Asks California High Court to OverturnCPUC Decision on Funding for Water Agency

LCG, Sept. 11, 2001--Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has asked the California Supreme Court to overturn the California Public Utilities Commission's March 27, 2001 decision requiring the utility to pay the Department of Water Resources 9.471 cents per kWh on an interim basis prior to the implementation of DWR's revenue requirement.

PG&E had asked the CPUC for a rehearing of its decision on April 30 and the regulators denied the request on August 8.

In its Court filing the company argued, "In order to ensure that the recovery of DWR's power costs is fair and equitable to both electricity consumers and the state's electric utilities, (the law) establishes two mechanisms, and two mechanisms only, for DWR to obtain funds from consumers and the utilities to pay for its power purchases."

The first of the two must take into account the portion of the utilities' existing rates needed to cover their own costs of service, PG&E said, and the second is the DWR's "revenue requirement," which must be submitted to the CPUC and which is recoverable in customers' bills only if it has been determined to be 'just and reasonable' under the Public Utilities Code.

The company thinks being required to pay $94.71 per megawatt-hour when the market currently prices power closer to $35 per megawatt-hour is neither just nor reasonable.

In its filing, PG&E said "The CPUC has exceeded the scope of its authority, failed to proceed in the manner prescribed by (the law), and abused its discretion, and therefore this Court should grant review of and annul the DWR Decisions."

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