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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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CPUC Won't Deal with Bond Issue Today

LCG, Sept. 20, 2001--The California Public Utilities Commission was scheduled to act today on eliminating the electricity customer's option to choose his own supplier but said it would not deal with the way the state's Department of Water Resources services and repays debt incurred by the pending $12.5 billion bond issue.

Tabling the bond issue deliberations further imperils the state's ability to bring the issue to market by October 31, a deadline set by state Treasurer Phil Angelides.

CPUC Commissioner Jeff Brown said at a news conference yesterday that it could take up to 45 days to decide on the water agency's "revenue requirement," the amount of money the CDWR would need to take off the top of electric customer payments to pay interest and principal on the bonds.

Also interested in the water agency's revenue requirement is bankrupt utility Pacific Gas & Electric Co., which has vowed to go to court if it feels that its customers are asked to bear a disproportionately large share of the bond debt.

Angelides has said that a long, drawn-out lawsuit could torpedo the bond issue, which is needed to repay the state's general fund for $11 billion on power already purchased and used and another $43 billion in long-term power purchase contracts that extend over -- and perhaps beyond -- the next decade.

Today, the CPUC is expected to reverse a provision of the California electric deregulation law that allows customers to purchase power from non-utility suppliers. State officials fear that keeping customer choice offers industrial customers a way to buy power from new suppliers and dodge paying for the emergency power supplies already purchased by the water agency.

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