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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Mass. Electric Requests Cut in Default Service Rates

LCG, Sept. 19, 2001--Massachusetts Electric Co. said yesterday it has filed a request with the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy to cut its standard offer service rate to reflect the current lower cost of power it purchases on behalf of its customers on Default Service.

About a quarter of the utility's 1.2 million customers receive Default Service.

The reduction would be more than 2 cents per kilowatt-hour on the fixed price Default Service portion of residential customers' electric bills, effective November 1. If approved, the typical residential customer on fixed price Default Service using 500 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month will see a 15.2 percent, or $11.48, reduction in the overall monthly bill, the company said.

At present, the fixed price Default Service rate for residential customers is 9.213 cents per kilowatt-hour. A typical residential customer using 500 kilowatt-hours per month now pays about $75.60. The proposed fixed price Default Service rate for residential customers is 6.917 cents per kilowatt-hour. A typical residential customer's bill under the proposed reduced rate would be $64.12 per month.

"We are pleased that lower wholesale market prices allow us to reduce rates to our customers on Default Service beginning November 1. We are also hopeful that more market choices will be available for customers as we go forward and the power markets develop further," said Cheryl LaFleur, president and chief executive officer of the utility.

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