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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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Long Island Plant's Capacity Boosted

LCG, July 1, 2002--The Long Island-based Bethpage power plant owned by Calpine is able to produce 48 additional megawatts after an upgrade, bringing its overall capacity to over 100 megawatts.

The new capacity is under contract to the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) for three-and-a-half years, according to Calpine. Bethpage is located in west-central Long Island, and provides electricity and steam to an adjacent Northrup Grumman Corporation facility. Before the addition of capacity, only surplus electricity not used by Grumman had been sold under agreement to LIPA.
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