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

Dominion Completes Acquisition of Louis Dreyfus Gas

LCG, Nov. 2, 2001--Dominion Resources Inc. said yesterday it has completed the $2.3 billion acquisition of Louis Dreyfus Natural Gas Corp., and will fold the company into its Consolidated Natural Gas subsidiary.

Dominion said the acquisition more than doubles its proven reserves to more than 4.6 trillion cubic feet equivalent. That increase will permit a 40 percent expansion of production to more than 450 million cubic feet of natural gas per year.

All in all, Dominion expects the acquisition to help double its gas sales and trading volumes over the next three years.

The purchase was paid for with $890 million in cash and $900 million in stock from a new issue of 14 million shares. Consolidate also assumed $505 million of Louis Dreyfus debt.

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