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NRC Issues Early Site Permit to Tennessee Valley Authority for SMRs at Clinch River Site

LCG, December 27, 2019--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced on December 17 that the Commission has authorized the issuance of an Early Site Permit (ESP) for Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA's) Clinch River site near Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The ESP closes several site-related issues, including many environmental impacts, for small modular reactors (SMRs) at the site. The ESP is the first issued by the NRC for SMRs and will be valid for up to 20 years from date of issuance.

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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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Alliance Transco Agrees to Management by National Grid

LCG, Nov. 5, 2001--National Grid USA said on Friday that is has signed an agreement with members of the Alliance regional transmission organization that details the terms for the American subsidiary of the operator of Great Britain's transmission system to be the managing member of the Alliance Transco.

The Alliance Transco is a proposed, profit-motivated independent transmission company whose member companies operate 51,400 miles of transmission in 11 states stretching from Missouri to Virginia. Upon approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the fulfillment of other conditions, the Alliance would operate as an RTO.

Whether that comes to pass is another matter, as FERC has recently pursued a policy that would place the U.S. transmission system under the governance of four super-regional organizations. Smaller RTOs and other independent system operators would be folded into the larger organizations.

Rick Sergel, president and chief executive of National Grid USA appears not to believe that FERC really wants four huge RTOs.

"Today brings us closer to the formation of the nation's first for-profit RTO, and the realization of the FERC's goal to reshape electricity markets to enhance reliability, encourage cost-effective service to customers, and promote a competitive marketplace," he said.

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