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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AES to Build 670 Megawatt Plant in Bulgaria

LCG, Oct. 18, 2001--A joint venture between AES Corp. of the U.S. and Bulgaria's government-owned National Electricity Company said this morning that AES would begin construction next May of a 670 megawatt coal-fired power plant at the Balkan country's Maritsa East coal mining complex.

AES will invest $225 million of its own funds for an undisclosed share of the project, the joint venture said in a news release. Another $625 million in funding is expected from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, U.S.-based Overseas Private Investment Corporation and Germany's Kredit fur Wiederaufbau.

Bulgaria has profited recently from exports of electric power, gaining $150 million last year from power deals with Turkey, Greece, Macedonia and Yugoslavia. But as much as 40 percent of the nation's generating capacity is slated for decommissioning or overhaul by 2010, which could limit supply available for export.

The new plant is aimed at heading off that problem before it occurs.

The project is also expected to reduce Bulgaria's dependency on coal imports from Russia and Ukraine.

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