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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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Highest Demand of the Year (So Far) Expected in California Today

LCG, July 9, 2002--The California Independent System Operator is predicting that demand across California will peak around 4:00 PM today, the highest level of demand experienced yet during 2002, while approximately 2,200 megawatts of generating capacity went off-line over a 24-hour period.

The ISO-predicted peak load of 40,402 megawatts applies to the ISO's control area, which no longer includes the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. Availability of power imports are not expected to be plentiful, based on high temperatures throughout the Western states.

Power consumers are asked to conserve through Thursday. Although director of the ISO's grid operations, Jim McIntosh stated "California is almost entirely dependent on power plants internal to the control area today," it appears that a Stage 1 electrical emergency can be avoided. A Stage 1 emergency occurs when the power reserve margin falls below 7 percent.
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