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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Industry News

Russian Aluminum Company Invests in 3,000 MW Plant

LCG, July 22, 2002-OAO Russian Aluminum, also called Rusal, and Russian state electricity company RAO Unified Energy System (UES) will work together to build a Siberian hydroelectric plant.

The Boguchanskaya hydroelectric plant will be built in Krasnoyarsk with a $10 million investment from the aluminum company, although Rusal's possible holdings in the project have not been disclosed. UES holds 80 percent of Boguchanskaya.

Aluminum smelting requires a lot of electricity, and energy-related costs are 30 percent of total production cost.

UES and its subsidiaries have been signing agreements with other industry giants, including oil companies OAO Yukos and OAO Sibneft.
UES assets are being separated into generation, transmission, and distribution bodies as part of large-scale electricity market reform in Russia.

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