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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Large Windfarm Cancelled by Air Force

LCG, July 19, 2002--A 600-megawatt windfarm that had been under development consideration by MNS Windpower, a California company, Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc., and the Nevada Test Site Development Corporation, will not proceed to construction, due to possible interference it could have caused with military testing, research and training within the Nevada Test Site.

Plans for the project had been underway for two years. Officials at the Nellis Air Force Base raised objections to interference with radar signals, leading the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Nevada Operations Office to terminate the siting process for the project, which would have meant the construction of up to 545 wind turbines over an area of 1,069 acres.

Kathleen Carlson, of the federal NNSA Nevada Operations Office, said, "We had clearly hoped this project could come to fruition. However, we must support the mission requirements of the Air Force to train, test and develop tactics in an unfettered environment.

The Nevada Test Site Development Corporation is a nonprofit corporation that supports coordinated development of science and technology in Nevada with the Department of Energy. The area up for consideration for the windfarm included Shoshone Peak, a windy location approximately 85 miles northwest of Las Vegas. Activity originating with the Nellis Air Force Base includes training missions in which pilots fly through the Nevada Testing Site.
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