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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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Greenspan Says Free Markets the Best Energy Policy

LCG, Nov. 14, 2001--Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said yesterday that allowing operation of free markets to determine prices, allocate resources and foster development of energy sources would be the best energy policy for the United States.

Greenspan said he believed all current forms of energy, including oil, natural gas, coal and nuclear power, would play major roles in supplying the country's energy needs in coming years, according to the Associated Press.

The Fed chief said it is crucial that political and bureaucratic intervention in energy markets be kept to a minimum so that the correct pricing signals would be sent.

"We must remember that the same price signals that are so critical for balancing energy supply and demand in the short run also signal profit opportunities for long-term supply expansion," Greenspan told an audience at Rice University. "Moreover, they stimulate the research and development that will unlock new approaches to energy production and use that we can now only scarcely envision."

It was the second time this year that Greenspan has devoted a major speech to energy. In both talks, he encouraged development of all sources of energy and increased efforts to promote conservation and renewable energy supplies such as solar power, AP said.

Yesterday, Greenspan said that market forces had dealt effectively with the sharp jump in natural gas prices, home heating oil and gasoline that occurred last winter, and with electric power shortages in California.

He also spoke favorably about the potential for nuclear power, but stressed the importance of addressing "concerns of making plants safe from terrorist attacks" and finding acceptable ways to dispose of spent nuclear fuel from the power plants.

(The accumulation of spent fuel at two Minnesota nuclear power plants has forced their owner, Xcel Energy Inc., to look for sources of replacement power in case the plants have to be shut down. That story is reported on elsewhere in today's EnergyOnline Daily News.)

Greenspan did not comment on the future course of the U.S. economy other than to say that "developments in energy markets will remain central in determining the long-run health of our nation's economy."

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