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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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Heat Leads to Mid-Week CA Stage 2 Emergency

LCG, July 12, 2002--A heat wave affecting California Wednesday caused a surge in demand and a Stage 2 power emergency.

The greatest demand yesterday occurred at around 3 P.M., when the Independent System Operator recorded load of 42,441 megawatts. This peak excluded the Sacramento Municipal Utility District service area, which reached a record 2,779 megawatts, beating the July 12, 1999 record of 2,759 megawatts. The Stage 2 emergency called by the Independent System Operator meant that reserves had fallen below 5 percent.

"We're not out there saying, 'Just forget it, we won't have any blackouts,' " William Keese, chairman of the Caifornia Energy Commission, told the Sacramento Bee. "(But) all things combined... we should be fine." 3,000 megawatts of new capacity have come online in California in the last two years.

In order to obtain the necessary power, the Department of Water Resources made spot-market power purchases, which accounted for 12 percent of total DWR needs. The Western states, including Nevada were generally affected by a heat wave, decreasing the likelihood of obtaining power from out-of-state.

Although no power emergency was projected on Tuesday, a Stage 1 was imposed when reserves fell below expectations.

The heat being experienced by California is atypical. Governor Davis, although he is neither a meteorologist nor an historian, told a radio interviewer that the last time the state had experienced similar temperatures was in 1913. "This is unusally hot weather up and down the state, and our resources are being severely tested," he said.
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