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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Northwestern Reaches Agreement on Montana Air Quality

LCG, Oct. 10, 2001--Northwestern Corp. said yesterday it has reached an agreement with the Montana Environmental Information Center, Missouri River Citizens Inc. and individual petitioners to settle challenges to an air quality permit for a new power plant near Great Falls.

The settlement was coordinated by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, which had earlier decided to issue the air quality permit.

Under the agreement, the company will speed up installation of emission controls on the 240 megawatt, natural gas-fueled project, and will fund and develop an energy conservation program for low-income families in Montana.

" We stated from the time we announced the project that Northwestern would work with all parties to assure that Montana First Megawatts would benefit all Montanans," said Mike Hanson, president and chief executive of Northwestern Services Group. "Under this agreement, Northwestern will accelerate the installation of certain emission-reduction technology that will make it one of the cleanest operating electricity generators in the state."

Hanson said the new facility could begin producing electricity by July 1 of next year.

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