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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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Wisconsin Sets Route for New Transmission Line

LCG, Oct. 25, 2001--The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin said yesterday it has issued the details and route specifics of the 220-mile electric transmission line from Wausau to Duluth. The PSCW had approved the line on August 17.

The new transmission line, backed both by Wisconsin utilities and state officials as necessary to relieve annual summer power shortages by making it possible to import electricity from states to the west and from Canada, had been opposed by "not in my backyard" interests.

The commission, in its order, managed to squeeze about 83 percent of the new line into existing rights-of-way, minimizing the impact on landowners in northern Wisconsin.

The new transmission line is a joint venture between Wisconsin Public Service Corp. and Minnesota Power Co. With the PSCW's written final order, the utilities will proceed with the project and begin the engineering and geographical surveys that need to be completed before 2002 when construction is expected to begin which is expected to take about three years.

"We are pleased the final order has been issued," said Don Shippar, chief operating officer of Minnesota Power. "We hope this project can be an example to show how communities, utilities and private landowners in Wisconsin and Minnesota can work together to solve the electric reliability problem in this region."

Patrick Schrickel, president and chief operating officer of Wisconsin Public Service, attempted to put landowners at ease. "We intend to work fairly with any private and public land owners who may require easements on their property," he said. "It's a negotiated process which is guided by state law."

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