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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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6 Midwest Utilities Form Transmission Company

LCG, Oct. 1, 2001--Six Midwestern electric utility companies asked federal regulators on Friday to let them integrate operations of their electric transmission systems into a single, efficient system through the formation of Trans-Link Transmission Co.

The application to create the for-profit, transmission-only company, was filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by Alliant Energy Corp's Iowa-based subsidiaries IES Utilities Inc. and Interstate Power Co., Corn Belt Power Cooperative of Iowa, Mid-American Energy Co. of Iowa; Nebraska Public Power District, Omaha (Neb.) Public Power District, and Xcel Energy Inc. of Minnesota.

The utilities said they will participate in Trans-Link through a combination of divestiture, leases and operating agreements.

"Combining and standardizing our transmission operations will allow more efficient electricity markets to develop, helping to prevent the price and reliability problems customers have experienced in other areas of the country," said Audrey Zibelman, transmission vice president with Xcel Energy and Trans-Link spokeswoman.

The participants said they have entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Midwest Independent Transmission Operator Inc. in which they agree that Trans-Link will contract with the ISO for certain functions and services required by FERC of regional transmission organizations.

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