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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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Brighton, Colo. Has New Peakers

LCG, July 8, 2002--A privately held wholesale seller of power, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc., has brought two combustion turbines online approximately 17 miles northeast of Denver, in the town of Brighton.

The plant's GE MS7000EA PG7121 turbines will provide a net output to the grid of 70 megawatts each. The turbines are able to run on both gas and diesel fuel, and will sell their output at times of peak demand.

Tri-State dates back to 1952, and in 2000 brought 12 New Mexico cooperatives into what had been 26 electric power cooperatives and public power districts with headquarters in Westminster, Colorado.
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