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

Boston Edison Parent Asks for Electricity Rate Cuts

LCG, Oct. 16, 2001--NSTAR Electric said yesterday it has asked the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy for permission to cut electricity prices by as much as 27 percent for customers who take default service from the company.

If approved, the rate cut could save those customers more than $11 per month, the company said.

While the reductions vary slightly for three NSTAR affiliates, Boston Edison Co., Commonwealth Electric Co. and Cambridge Electric Co., customers will see roughly the same savings on their monthly electric bills. The typical householder, using about 500 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month, will see his bill drop from the high-$40s to the mid-$30s.

Thomas J. May, NSTAR's chief executive, said "We are delighted to see world energy prices falling so rapidly and we are even happier to see the savings coming home to the people and businesses of Massachusetts. These lower energy prices will save Massachusetts residents and businesses more than $450 million and that will be a major contribution to the financial health of our state's economy."

The company said that it will ask approval next month to cut standard offer rates for the three local utilities. These requests come on top of an earlier filing asking approval to reduce natural gas prices by 32 percent.

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