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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FERC Reaffirms Approval of Kern River Gas Projects

LCG, Oct. 25, 2001--The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission yesterday reaffirmed its approval of two projects by a unit of The Williams Cos. aimed at increasing capacity on a natural gas pipeline into California.

Objections to the Kern River Gas Transmission Co. projects had been raised by companies that are presently shippers on the line. They complained that expanding capacity for new customers would reduce space available for their gas and asked FERC to reconsider the project approval.

Noting that there is a "critical need" for more pipeline capacity to serve California's growing fleet of gas-fueled power plants, FERC said the benefits of the projects outweighed any potential adverse impact on existing customers.

The two projects, called "The California Action Project" and the "2002 Expansion Project" will provide almost 150 million cubic feet of gas per day from Wyoming to California, and are scheduled for completion next May. The Kern River pipeline stretches 922 miles from gas fields in Wyoming to California.

Separately, Fern River has asked FERC for approval of plans to add 900 million cubic feet of daily capacity to the line in a project that would more than double current capacity and cost around $1 billion.

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