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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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Calpine Begins Building Florida Power Plant

LCG, Nov. 14, 2001--Calpine Corp. said yesterday that full-scale construction efforts are under way for the 530 megawatt Osprey Energy Center located at Calpine's Auburndale Energy Campus in Auburndale, Fla.

First energy centers and now energy campuses -- power plants are no longer so dirty they need euphemisms, but neither are they places with ivy-covered walls. The word "campus" has survived since Ancient English as meaning a place of education. Let's call a powerhouse a powerhouse.

But back to the campus at Auburndale.

Bob Alff, senior vice president and head of Calpine's eastern region, said, "Our Osprey Energy Center has the distinction of being the first combined-cycle generating project to be built by an independent power producer under the state's strict Power Plant Siting Act. The facility is now well on its way toward being an important part of Florida's energy future."

The new plant, which is expected to enter commercial operation in late 2003, is being built adjacent to a 150 megawatt cogeneration plant owned by Calpine. The capacity of Auburndale is, itself, being expanded by the addition of a 115 megawatt simple-cycle peaking unit that will be in service next year.

Alff enthused "What we now refer to as our Auburndale Energy Campus is unique in our industry, with cogeneration, peaking and combined-cycle technology all at one location. It will remain a showcase for advanced power generation technology for many years to come, as well as creating a strong foothold for our continued development efforts in Florida."

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