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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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Enron's Dabhol Power, Lenders to Meet in London

LCG, Nov. 27, 2001--Dabhol Power Co., the huge power project in India that is 65 percent owned by Enron Corp. of the U.S., will meet with its lenders in two separate meetings in London this Friday and Saturday and may decide the fate of India's largest foreign investment.

The meetings will consider proposals which would allow Dabhol to terminate its agreement with the Maharashtra State Electricity Board. Enron had issued a preliminary notice of termination last May with a deadline of November 19, but a Bombay court, acting on an appeal by Indian lenders, asked Dabhol to withhold a notice of termination until December 3.

The Indian financial institution feared that if the contract with the MSEB were terminated they would have little chance of recovering the $1.4 billion they have advance the $2.9 billion project.

Non-Indian lenders, led by Citibank and Bank of America, both of the U.S., will meet Friday to consider giving Dabhol their permission to issue the notice of termination. Also on Friday, the Dabhol board will meet in London to consider giving the project's management authority to issue the notice of termination.

Enron, which owns 65 percent of Dabhol, and two other U.S. firms, General Electric Co. and Bechtel Enterprises -- each with 10 percent -- are fed up with doing business in India and would like to exit the subcontinent.

Their departure would be a blow to India's 10-year-old electricity sector reform program, which had already seen the departure of five other foreign companies which cited bureaucratic delays and legal wrangling as a steady diet when doing business in India.

If Dabhol issues its final notice of termination, the brouhaha would move to international arbitration to resolve arguments over damages.

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