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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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FERC Tells Grid Operators to Settle Differences

LCG, January 7, 2003-The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has advised the Midwest ISO and PJM Interconnection to resolve issues of transmission rates between grid areas.

Customers of the Midwest Independent System Operator and PJM Interconnection LLC face charges when moving electricity from one transmission system to the other.

FERC has urged the transmission operators to come to some type of settlement regarding these rates, and FERC Chairman Pat Wood has suggested that a cost-of-service formula could be used to determine rates. The two operators plan to form a single large grid by October of next year, serving over 20 states and some of Canada.

Last month a FERC Administrative Law judge threw out rate-related testimony submitted by various power industry agencies in regards to the transmission operators. DTE Energy Co., Detroit Edison, Wisconsin Public Power Inc., Indiana Municipal Power Agency, Southeast Michigan Systems, and International Transmission Co. submitted evidence.

FERC officials reinstated some of that evidence yesterday, part of which addressed claims that those controlling transmission overcharged in order to make up for lost revenue.

If Midwest ISO and PJM fail to come to some agreement with customers, a FERC judge will rule by Febraury 28 on the case.

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