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

BC Gas to Buy Westcoast Energy's Centra Gas

LCG, Oct. 22, 2001--BC Gas Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire the common shares of Centra Gas British Columbia Inc. and Centra Gas Whistler Inc. from Westcoast Energy Inc. for $208 million ($131 million U.S.), Canada NewsWire reported this morning.

Westcoast, which is being acquired by Duke Energy Corp. for $3.5 billion, also said this morning it would sell its energy services unit to the city of Edmonton's Epcor Utilities Inc.

John Reid, chief executive of BC Gas, said "Centra Gas has excellent growth potential, including the expansion of natural gas service to residential and commercial customers and the opportunity to service gas-fired electricity generating plants on Vancouver Island."

The deal gives BC Gas control of all Centra Gas's Vancouver Island and Sunshine Coast assets, including 382 miles of high-pressure transmission mains and close to 2,000 miles of intermediate-pressure transmission and distribution mains. Centra Gas currently provides natural gas to 70,000 homes and businesses and seven pulp mills on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.

Epcor's purchase of Westcoast's wholly owned Union Energy will add more than 900,000 customers, mainly in Ontario, to its existing customer base and create one of Canada's largest providers of energy and energy related services, the company said in a statement.

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