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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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Mid-American Unit Sues SoCal Ed over Payment

LCG, Nov. 15, 2001--A subsidiary of a major Midwestern utility holding company said it filed a $100 million lawsuit yesterday against Southern California Edison Co., alleging the struggling utility has reneged on an agreement to pay part of its past-due bill.

CalEnergy Operating Corp., which is 50 percent owned by Mid-American Energy Holdings Corp., said it file suit in California Superior Court in Imperial County claiming SoCal Ed had reneged on an October promise to begin paying overdue bills for electricity produced at its geothermal plants.

In exchange for that agreement, CalEnergy and several other non-utility power producers known as "qualifying facilities" agreed not to file a petition which would force the utility into involuntary bankruptcy.

David Sokol, chairman of CalEnergy's parent company, said SoCal Ed "is reneging on its agreements with renewable energy producers. Edison protects its shareholders while little players across the state, including vendors and landowners in Imperial County, suffer."

Qualifying facilities are not, for the most part, "renewable energy producers." Most are medium-size conventional gas-fueled plants, many of which are cogeneration units, built in response to the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) of 1978.

SoCal Ed took umbrage in a statement issued yesterday. "We categorically reject as untrue the claim that SCE breached any settlement agreement with CalEnergy or otherwise acted inappropriately," the utility said, adding that it hoped to be able to pay all its creditors early in the new year.

"Meanwhile, we believe it is important to deal fairly and equitably with all creditors and not to single out one group for preferential payments," the company said.

Mid-American Energy is majority owned by billionaire investor Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and is the largest utility in Iowa, with operations extending into Illinois and South Dakota.

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