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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Review Process Begins for Proposed California Plant

LCG, Sept. 26, 2001--After completing a two and one-half-year review process that led to approval Monday for a 600 megawatt power plant to be built in San Jose, the California Energy Commission will take up the application by the City of Burbank to build a 240 megawatt addition to its generating facility.

The Energy Commission voted yesterday to accept the "data adequacy" of the licensing application submitted by the Burbank Department of Water & Power, which will allow the public process to begin for the city's application to build the Magnolia Power Project.

Ronald E. Davis, general manager of the Department of Water & Power, said the commission's decision on the licensing application's completeness is the first major step toward construction of the natural gas-fueled, combined-cycle unit to provide electricity for Burbank and six other participating cities.

"The CEC action begins a 45-day period when the CEC staff will hold an informational hearing and site visit in Burbank as the initial opportunity for public input on project plans," Davis said. "Additional public hearings will be held before the CEC considers final approval for construction in 2002."

"We are hopeful that (Magnolia) can become one of the first power projects to take advantage of a new, six-month licensing process approved by the California Legislature last year," Davis said. "This will help speed construction and allow (the plant) to increase energy availability and reliability for each participating city at very competitive costs."

The cities of Anaheim, Cerritos, Colton, Glendale, Pasadena and San Marcos have joined Burbank in the licensing process being sponsored by the Southern California Public Power Authority, a joint powers agency for 13 Southern California local governments.

Project officials hope to have the magnolia plant on-line by mid-2004.

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