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

Mirant Cancels South Korean Plant

LCG, July 24, 2002-U.S. company Mirant Corp. has changed plans to construct a 520 MW plant in South Korea and has plans to pull out of South Korea completely.

Previously, Mirant had announced that it would invest $300 million in South Korea once the country had begun privatizing its electricity industry, a move slated to begin later this year.

Now the company intends to sells its right to build a plant and later withdraw entirely from the South Korean market.

Financial concerns have added to the decision, and Mirant is concentrating on limiting debt and therefore has plans to sell $1.6 billion in assets.

Mirant's Singapore office will close, and the company's Asia-Pacific staff has been cut by about 35 percent.

Earlier this year South Korea decided to proceed with privatizing its electricity industry despite significant public protest and striking.

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