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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Federal Prosecutors Say El Paso Calls Show Conspiracy

LCG, Jan. 13, 2002--During a court hearing today, an Assistant U.S. Attorney, John Lewis, said that the Justice Department has evidence of attempts by the natural gas pipeline owner El Paso Corp. to manipulate the natural gas market during the past two years.

A spokeswoman for El Paso, Norma Dunn, said that the company's ethics would not allow false reporting of price data. The company, which has been cooperating with prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney's Houston office, said that it had uncovered evidence of more false reporting in addition to what it had previously disclosed. El Paso Corp. has maintained that those involved are no longer with the company, which is ending its trading operations.

Charges were brought by prosecutors against Todd Geiger, a former trader for El Paso, in December, for submitting false trades to an industry publication. The publisher of the publication Inside FERC Gas Market Report, Platts, is a subsidiary of McGraw-Hill Cos. Platts said that it did not incorporate the prices reported by Geiger into its indexes, because they fell outside the range of other reported trades. It has not yet made a statement on what happened in the case of other reported trades.

Much of the government's evidence is provided by the substance of 130 to 140 recorded phone calls between traders, which were provided by El Paso on Friday. U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas today scheduled March 24 as the trial date for Mr. Geiger.
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