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 Decision on CA Long-Term Contracts Due in March

LCG, Jan. 17, 2002--An Administrative Law Judge for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Bobbie McCartney, has sent California's dispute over long-term contracts signed during 2000 and 2001 to three commissioners, and said that re-signing the contracts must be shown to be in the public interest for the state to succeed.

McCartney said that the precedent used to determine the standard came from the "Mobile Sierra" rulings by the Supreme Court in the 1950s. Thus, FERC will decide whether California is able to show that new contracts are in the public interest. "The parties did not retain the right to unilaterally seek changes to their contracts, nor did the parties intend to do so," McCartney's ruling stated.

In some matters before FERC, another criterion is used for assessing the validity of contracts, which must be found "just and reasonable," as defined in the Federal Power Act. The commissioners have promised that they will render a decision by the end of March.
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