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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Entergy Joins Proposed Southeast RTO

LCG, Nov. 21, 2001--Entergy Corp. said yesterday that it has joined the proposed SeTrans Grid Co. regional transmission organization, a new RTO that would serve the Southeastern U.S. and is backed by The Southern Co., which provides power to nearly 4 million customers in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi.

While the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has said it favors consolidation of the nation's grid operators into four regional RTOs, utilities in the Southeast are reluctant to go along. Southern has said that several small independent system operators would serve the region better.

Southern has also said that setting up one huge regional network to provide what FERC calls "seamless" transmission access and market operations to all participants would require expensive transmission system upgrades that would be passed on to customer's power bills.

Yesterday, Entergy said the SeTrans model "is the best platform to achieve the mutual goals of the various involved companies."

The companies filed a status report on the RTO plan with FERC yesterday, including the information that Entergy has joined SeTrans.

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