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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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California PUC Accused of Mishandling Contract Bidding

LCG, July 29, 2002-The Black Chamber of Commerce, California Disabled Veterans Alliance, California American Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Council of Asian American Business Association have asked for a state investigation of $100 million in energy contracts.

The advocacy groups say that the California Public Utilities Commission did not obey state contracting law when conducting bidding.

Over this summer the PUC signed nearly 100 contracts with companies for promotion of energy saving devices, such as for fluorescent bulbs and insulation.

The groups say that the PUC's method of awarding contracts did not allow their members to compete in the bidding, alleging insufficient publicity and improper bidding processes.

PUC contends that it does not have to operate according to state contracting rules, and PUC energy division head Paul Clanon says that 10 percent of the money in question went to businesses owned by women or by ethnic minorities.

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