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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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AES to Acquire 600 Megawatt South Africa Plant

LCG, Nov. 9, 2001--AES Corp. said this morning that it and a minority partner, Global African Power, Ltd., have entered into agreements to purchase a 50 percent interest the 600 megawatt coal-fired Kelvin Power Station in the Republic of South Africa for $23 million.

AES said it will own 95 percent of the joint venture that is buying the plant, with GAP having an option to increase its ownership to 13 percent over five years.

The plant, which is located on the outskirts of Johannesburg, will sell it's entire output to City Power Johannesburg Pty Ltd, the distribution company for the City of Johannesburg, under the terms of a 20 year power purchase agreement.

The joint venture is buying the plant from the City of Johannesburg's municipal utility, which will retain a 50 percent interest.

In addition to the purchase price, AES has committed to invest about $15 million in capital to modernize the plant, including pollution control upgrades, and expects to spend another $11 million for worker transition costs over the first three years of operation.

John Stanley-Miller, AES project director, said "This is a good business for AES as we have a 20 year power purchase agreement with a fixed capacity payment, hedged against exchange rate risk and a pass-through on the energy cost. The structure of the contract means that AES does not take either heat rate or fuel price risk".

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