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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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First Energy Gets Final Okay for GPU Takeover

LCG, Oct. 30,2001--First Energy Corp. of Ohio said yesterday it had received approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission for its pending takeover of New Jersey-based GPU Inc., a merger that will create the nation's fourth largest investor-owned electric utility.

First Energy said it will begin combined operations of both companies on November 7.

Chief executive H. Peter Burg said the company "will be even better positioned to provide customers with reliable and affordable electricity and a variety of energy-related services."

The company also announced details for exchange of stock by GPU shareholders who will get cash, or a combination of cash and stock, or stock for their shares, depending on what they elect and on a complicated formula related to the closing price of First Energy common stock over a 20-day period.

GPU shareholders were reminded that they had only until 5 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, to make their election.

The combined companies will have annual revenues of more than $12 billion and electricity sales of about 124 billion kilowatt-hours to some 4.3 million customers in a service territory stretching from the Ohio-Indiana border to the New Jersey shore.

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