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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 Would Use Incentives to Encourage RTO Membership

LCG, Jan. 15, 2002--The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has given its support to a staff proposal that aims to bring transmission assets owned by utilities under regional transmission organizations through increased rate of return incentives.

The proposal will be submitted for public comment over a 45-day period, and would permit public utilities to gain federal approval for up to an additional 2 per cent in rate of return on equity. Utilities could earn up to 50 basis points of additional return on equity for transmission investments based on their joining a regional transmission organization; 150 basis points for divested transmission assets; and 100 basis points for expansion of transmission assets. While the incentives for joining an RTO would last through 2012, the incentive for divesting transmission assets would be offered through 2022.

FERC's aim with the set of incentives is to allow greater access by independent power producers with no transmission assets. Utilities would not receive direct benefit from the incentive for divested assets; rather, they would see more profitable asset sales, which would likely be at a higher price because of the incentive. Ultimately, FERC would like dispatching of generation to be the responsibility of actors other than their owners.
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