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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Industry News

Entergy Refuels River Bend Nuke in 17 Days

LCG, Oct. 11, 2001--Entergy Corp. patted itself on the back this morning for completing a 17-day refueling outage at its 935 megawatt River Bend nuclear power plant near Baton Rouge, La.

"This record-breaking refueling outage is the product of commitment, dedication and teamwork by all our employees across the Entergy system," crowed Randall Edington, vice president of operations at River Bend. "Their enthusiasm and energy level created this milestone achievement in this station's history."

The refueling, which was the shortest on record for any boiling water reactor of its kind in the world, was completed in about half the time of River Bend's previous best.

River Bend is also among the nation's most reliable nuclear plants. Prior to being taken out of service for refueling, the plant had a year-to-date operating capacity factor of 100 percent.

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