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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Progress Buys Two Georgia Projects from LG&E

LCG, Nov. 6, 2001--A subsidiary of Progress Energy inc. said yesterday it has agreed to purchase from LG&E Energy Corp. two power plants in Georgia with a combined capacity of 1,182 megawatts.

Progress Ventures Inc. said it would pay $345 million for the two plants, the Monroe project in Monroe, Ga. which is a 496 megawatt natural gas-fired plant placed in service in June and the Tiger Creek project in Washington County, Ga., a planned 686 megawatt natural gas-fired plant expected to be operational by June 2003.

"This is an outstanding opportunity for Progress Ventures to execute on our generation expansion strategy in the Southeast," said Tom Kilgore, president, Progress Ventures. "Our existing generation adjacent to this Monroe facility and our expansion plans under way in Effingham County, Georgia provide synergy opportunities and give us a greater ability to create value from these plants."

The transaction includes a power-purchase agreement with LG&E Marketing for both projects through Dec. 31, 2004. In addition, there is a project-management-completion agreement with LG&E to facilitate buildout of the Tiger Creek project.

The deal is subject to approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and other regulatory agencies. The companies expect the transaction to be completed by early next year.

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