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

India's Tata in Talks to Buy Enron's Dabhol Power

LCG, Oct. 15, 2001--India's Tata conglomerate has held "exploratory" talks to take over from Enron Corp. its 65 percent stake in the $2.9 billion, 2,184 megawatt Dabhol power plant in the Indian state of Maharashtra, the Financial Times reported yesterday.

Enron, weary of the difficulty in getting paid for power produced by Dabhol and by constant bickering with the Maharashtra State Electricity Board, its only customer, over terms of a contract signed in the mid-1990s, said in July that it wanted out of India and would accept about $1 billion for its interest in Dabhol.

Tate Power has notified the Indian government expressing interest in Dabhol, which it said would require the removal of significant roadblocks. Among these would be a renegotiation of Dabhol's tariffs and a reduction in the interest rates on Dabhol's debt.

Tata Power is talking about paying Enron about 80 cents on the dollar for its investment in Dabhol, a figure that may not be palatable to the Texas-based company.

Spokesman John Ambler said Enron continued to believe the best and quickest way to solve the problem would be for the Indian government, or one of its Indian financial backers, to take on Dabhol.

The Dabhol Power project is India's largest foreign investment, even though Indian lenders provided $1.4 billion in financing for the plant. About $630 million was provided by foreign institutions.

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