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

Enron Sacks Chief Financial Officer

LCG, Oct. 25, 2001--Enron Corp. yesterday placed its chief financial officer, Andrew Fastow, on leave of absence in a move aimed at quieting heavy criticism from the investment community. A day earlier, chief executive Kenneth Lay had expressed confidence in Fastow.

Fastow, who will be replaced by Jeff McMahon, had come under attack by Wall Street for his dual roles as Enron's chief financial officer while managing partnerships with which Enron did business.

"In my continued discussions with the financial community, it became clear to me that restoring investor confidence would require us to replace Andy as CFO," Lay said yesterday in an Enron release.

Since the Wall Street Journal reported last week on the partnerships, Enron has lost more than half its market capitalization, with its stock down about 52 percent. Yesterday, following announcement of an inquiry into the partnerships, heavy selling pushed Enron stock down almost 18 percent, to $16.30 per share, the lowest price in six years.

Enron's shares traded in the low $80 range earlier this year.

Trial lawyers Milberg, Weiss and Bernstein, Liebhard & Lifshitz have both brought class action lawsuits against Enron on behalf of shareholders.

McMahon, who from 1998 to 2000 was treasurer of Enron, had complained about Fastow's possible conflict of interest in a big hedging deal called LJM2, according to Tuesday's Wall Street Journal. He was concerned that Fastow couldn't serve Enron and LJM2 equally, especially as he was allegedly making a lot of money from LJM2, the paper said.

Early this morning it appeared that the market had not responded positively to the change in chief financial officers. On the Instinet electronic broker system, Enron's shares continued their downward movement in trading before the opening of the New York Stock Exchange, but moved up to $17.65 after the bell.

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