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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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EdF Buys UK Distribution, Generation from TXU

LCG, Nov. 19, 2001--Electricit de France made further inroads into the British electricity market today with the 1.31 billion ($1.86 billion U.S.) acquisition of distribution company Eastern Electricity and the 366 million ($520 million) purchase of the 2,000 megawatt West Burton power station.

The seller in both instances was TXU Europe, a unit of U.S. utility holding company TXU Corp.

Bruno Lescoeur, chief executive of EdF's London Electricity, said the deals "are part of our strategy to consolidate our position within the UK market, which is consolidating."

Eastern Electricity's distribution network in East Anglia will be folded into London Electricity and the West Burton station will give EdF something like 7 percent of the British generation market -- still well behind rivals such as Powergen.

Paul Marsh, chief operating officer of TXU Europe, said "We will now focus on continuing our history of outstanding earnings growth by further strengthening our business in the UK market and accelerating our already rapid growth in the rest of Europe."

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